Thursday, 17 June 2021

Hancock and Ward pile on runs

HARPSDEN eased to victory against visitors WHITCHURCH on Sunday.

HARPSDEN eased to victory against visitors WHITCHURCH on Sunday.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Harpsden set about making a fast start with Jones and Cooper regularly finding the boundary.

After Cooper was bowled, Jones upped the scoring rate even further, before he was sportingly retired on 85 after just 17 overs. Tom Hancock fell soon after for 13, which brought brother Ben Hancock to the crease to join captain Ward. This proved to be a crucial partnership as both batsmen mixed smart batting with hard hitting.

When both batsmen retired (Hancock 70, Ward 75), Harpsden had built a huge score and some late lusty blows from Whittaker took Harpsden to 297-4 from 40 overs.

This big score allowed the new ball to be given to youngsters Martin and Langelar and both bowled with good accuracy. Despite some lusty blows from S Williams, Harpsden never looked in danger as they rotated the bowlers to give eight players the chance to turn their arms over. Whitchurch eventually finished on 213 all out with R Birkett (6-1-28-2) being the pick of the bowlers.





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