U12's stay in Hunt for Quarter Final spot
Watford Town beaten on home soil
Ever since 2013, when Watford Town and Ricky battled it out to be champions of Hertfordshire, ending in a dramatic finals day when Ricky took the crown, these tow teams have been keen rivals. last year Ricky lost to Watford twice to scupper any chance of retaining the trophy. And so it was with much anticipation that last nights game took place.
Ricky batted first and Eesa struck some sweet boundaries in his 16 and, though Matthew got out early, Tahir played his usual fluent game, mixed with an occasional rush of blood that saw him almost stumped more than once. After Ethan got stumped himself for 2, Ricky were struggling at 33/2 after 10 overs. However with wickets in hand the boys could press on, and Tahir stepped up a gear and Harvey came out and the run rate increased. Hitting 10 boundaries between them, Tahir with 32 and Harvey with 30 (you have to retire once you have gone past 29) took the game away from Watford. Bilal also chipped in with a useful 8 not out to take the score to 111. 47 coming off the last 5 overs.
Ricky's bowling wasn't as accurate as usual, and conceding 20 in wides and no balls alone was not a good start. In fact the total extras count was 31, which meant Watford only had to score 80 with the bat. But that's getting ahead of the actual game. Harvey opened with 2 overs for 2 runs and Tahir 2 overs for 4, and already Watford were behind the clock. Saksham and Jai both bowled well, and Jai and Christian both got rewards with picthed up balls on the stumps to take wickets. Though County player Yuvraj battled hard for his 30, the boys did well in the field and Harvey took a good catch near the end to dismiss Gaurav. Needing 30 off the last 4 overs, the game could have gone either way, but the Ricky boys kept it tight and the final over needed 19 hit off it. Watford got 10 of those, but it wasn't enough and Ricky kept their hopes of another County Quarter Final in their sights.