Sunday, 20 June 2021

Harpsden power ahead

SHIPLAKE won the toss and decided to bat first on what looked like a very good batting pitch.

They started at a rapid pace, with Whittaker smashing the ball to all parts on his way to a quick-fire 61.

There were also valuable contributions from Wood (36), Paice (39) and Burgess, who combined big hitting with sensible running to finish on 53 not out, as Shiplake set a competitive 229-4.

Harpsden made a solid start, reaching 34-0 after 9 overs. T Hancock was then bowled by Howorth for 10, which brought younger brother B Hancock to the crease.

Hancock and Birkett then started to up the run rate, before their rhythm was interrupted by rain. Birkett was removed soon after for 37, but Hancock never looked back, as he reached 50, then powered onto a rapid century, with his second half century featuring 12 fours and a six. Hancock unselfishly retired on 124, leaving Stevens to take Harpsden over the line, as they chased down their target with eight overs to spare.

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