Welwyn Garden City left looking over their shoulder

PUBLISHED: 11:43 19 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:44 19 July 2013

Jamie Southgate

Jamie Southgate

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WELWYN Garden City edged closer to the foot of the HCPCL Division One table with a 44-run defeat at home to Banbury.

With Aaron Laraman unavailabe, Paul Barker suspended and Liam Mitchell dropping out late on with illness, Welwyn Garden City were always going to be up against it.

Banbury won the toss and decided to bat on a flat pitch.

Despite debutant Cameron Taylor picking up two early wickets the visitors raced to over 100 by lunch.

But it was the introduction of spin through Jamie Southgate (3-54) and James Scott (4-48) that tied down the away side after lunch and at the interval Welwyn Garden City were left needing only 221 to win rather than the expected 300+.

At 101-3 Welwyn Garden City were looking good, but despite the top four batsmen all making decent starts (James Hewitt 25, Gavin Baker 30, Scott 19 and Southgate 19), nobody went on to make the big score required to chase down the unexpectedly low total.

A good middle order knock of 19 not out from Andy Nolan was all the rest could muster against the accurate Luke Ryan (5-63) and the home side fell to a disappointing 176 all out, 44 runs short with eight overs remaining.

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