HARPSDEN’S first match of the season saw them record a 17-run victory over the FLEET STREET
HARPSDEN’S first match of the season saw them record a 17-run victory over the FLEET STREET STROLLERS on a fairly standard early season wicket.
After a slow start, Harpsden found themselves 32-3 after 12 overs. With Whittaker and Will Stevens at the crease runs started to flow more easily and their partnership of 54 eventually ended with Whittaker being caught for 41 off Selby’s bowling. Stevens played the pivotal role and batted throughout the innings finishing on 72 not out. Jones chipped in at the end with a quick fire 34 to help Harpsden reach 199-7 from their 40 overs.
Harpsden struck early when T Stevens bowled Fennick in the second over. McDougal and Timperly then put on a decent partnership which was ended when a calling mix-up ended with Brown running out McDougal for 33.
Tight bowling from openers Stevens and Jones meant that Harpsden managed to keep the Strollers batsmen from scoring freely. With Timperly well caught by Bryan, Harpsden were on top with the London side requiring 80 off the last 10 overs. Some big shots were played by Swan and Crocker but this was too little too late as they fell 17 runs short at the end of their 40 overs.