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Baldock CC - 2nd XI
Sat 21 Jul 13:00 - Hertfordshire Cricket League - Division Seven B Start time 13:00

Baldock Town fails to stop Raz’s Ricky 2nd XI juggernaut

by Paul Balckwell

The latest visitors to Park Road to try and stop Raz’s Ricky 2nd XI juggernaut was Baldock Town. A team with very little form and only one win all season – unfortunately at the expense of Rickmansworth over at Baldock. Was that an unexplained blip or did this Baldock team have something special in reserve. We had also lost to them last year.

Raz won the toss and despite the oppressive heat he chose to bat second and chase whatever was scored. The opening bats started well, though were lucky that balls popped in the air were not aimed at fielders. 48 was on the board in no time before Kammy came on and got a nice lbw to the skipper. Next to go was the no3 to the safest pair of hands in the club right now – Raz himself. Then in a controversial moment the left handed opener who had scored 53 already, was seemingly stumped, but seemed determined not to walk. The square leg umpire initially nodded but then kept his finger in his pocket. Eventually the game recontinued and, as often happens when a batsman gets away with a close one, he played an uncharacteristically big drive on the up and the ball nested in Ali Asghar’s hands at deep mid-on. 78/1 had become 78/3 and now it became the Adeel Khan show. Anything he pitched on the wicket was unplayable as every trick turned to gold. He bowled one player round his legs, and beat the bat on innumerable occasions. The Baldock team were just scoring off anything loose, but getting tied up in knots by the turning ball. Mind you, how many times has it happened to Ricky as well, where we tumble out to a spinner.

Adeel finished with career best figures of 6-23, Kamran took 3 wickets and Faizen the other meaning ALL 10 WICKETS fell to spin. This long hot dry summer is proving a god-send to the tweakers and flippers.

154 was the target. In days gone by, a potential banana-skin, but this is a 2nd XI brimming with confidence and a backbone of steel. Indeed it was something of a surprise when Paul got a ball which jumped off a length and took his edge to carry to first slip. But 72 was already on the board and when Sohail was out for another half-century (54) and Ali Asghar for 12, Ricky were still able to cruise home with Waqas crashing 41 (36 in boundaries) to win the game. Indeed 75% of Ricky’s runs came in boundaries, such is the confidence of this team.

After the game, Ricky were delighted to learn that Hatch End had bowled out Datchworth for just 100 and won, meaning that the runaway leaders, with 8 wins on the bounce earlier, were no longer top and just 3 points above RCC. With Radlett also winning, the title-chase is getting really hot now.

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Scorecard

Rickmansworth CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field

Baldock CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Barry Gazely
ct. A Shah, b. K Shah
53
 
Paul Gentle
lb. K Shah
16
 
Robert Peacock
ct. R Khan, b. K Shah
3
 
Shaun Baines
b. A Khan
14
 
K Shinner
b. A Khan
15
 
Andy French
b. A Khan
21
 
Luke Lambert
b. F Ahmed
2
 
Hayden Kilcullen
ct. R Khan, b. A Khan
0
 
Daniel Loriot
b. A Khan
8
 
James Rist
Not Out
0
 
James Cook
b. A Khan
2
 
Extras
9w, 10b
19
Total
for 10 wickets 42.1 overs
153

Rickmansworth CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Waheed Mahroof
5
0
28
0
5.6
Waseem Khan
6
2
23
0
3.8
Faizan Ahmed
9
1
26
1
2.9
Kamran Shah
8
2
22
3
2.8
Bobby Choudhry
4
1
15
0
3.8
Adeel Khan
7.1
3
23
6
3.3
Ali Asghar Shah
3
2
6
0
2.0

Rickmansworth CC - 2nd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Paul Blackwell
ct. B Gazely, b. J Cook
36
7
 
Sohail Bashir
ct. B Gazely, b. D Loriot
54
9
 
Waqas Chaudrey
Not Out
41
9
 
Ali Asghar Shah
ct. R Peacock, b. D Loriot
12
3
 
Raz Khan
Not Out
4
1
 
Adeel Khan
 
 
Waheed Mahroof
 
 
Kamran Shah
 
 
Faizan Ahmed
 
 
Bobby Choudhry
 
 
Waseem Khan
 
 
Extras
1w, 1b, 4lb, 3nb
9
Total
for 3 wickets 30.3 overs
156

Baldock CC - 2nd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
James Rist
8
1
37
0
4.6
Daniel Loriot
8
0
37
2
4.6
Hayden Kilcullen
6
0
34
0
5.7
James Cook
5
1
11
1
2.2
Robert Peacock
2
0
15
0
7.5
Andy French
1.3
0
17
0
17.0

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League round up

Other Division Seven B results

Hatch End CC - 1st XI
104/7
100
Datchworth CC - 2nd XI
Radlett CC - 4th XI
250/8
143
Botany Bay CC - 1st XI
257/5
213
Stevenage CC - 3rd XI
Dunstable Town CC - Saturday 3rd XI
87
91/1
St Margaretsbury CC - 2nd XI

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League table

# Team Pts
1. Rickmansworth CC - 2nd XI 373
2. Datchworth CC - 2nd XI 365
3. Botany Bay CC - 1st XI 319
4. St Margaretsbury CC - 2nd XI 318
5. Radlett CC - 4th XI 312
6. Dunstable Town CC - Saturday 3rd XI 311
7. Hatch End CC - 1st XI 259

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