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5th XI - Match centre

Rickmansworth V
Watford Town IV
Gavin Lock 21, Paul Blackwell 19
Batting
Gavin Lock 21, Paul Blackwell 19
Bowling
Meraj Zia 2/22, Mick Pushong 1/20
Sat 7 Sep 12:30 - Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League - Division 13

Another game that might have been

5ths tumble to local rivals

The season finished as it began with a close defeat to a team that were only marginally the better side for the 5th XI. Looking back on the season, we can see games like Leverstock and Shenley where we failed to put away the poorer sides, and other games like Chorleywood and this game, where we gave it away ourselves.

The match started brightly enough with a run out in the first over thanks to Joe McCusker, but after that we bowled too short and at 60/1 Watford Town were running away with it. However some tighter bowling from Mick Pushong and Sean Lindsay (certainly his best spell for the 5th team this year) pulled the reigns back in. 5 dropped catches once again cost us dearly and the 6th wicket pair were able to push on to set a decent but gettable total. But the 5th XI mantra of 'a game for everyone' means that if you have to gift a few runs to the opposition then so be it. And the Watford Town interpretation of a wide certainly didn't help the run squeeze.

As often this season, the reply started well, with Gavin (21) and Paul (19) putting on 43 in good time, but once they both departed, the runs dried up and a succession of poorly judged shots added to our own downfall. Young Jack Lee was the one bright spark with a cracking 17 which helped Ricky get over 100, but with just 34 needed to win, Ricky's last wicket fell and we once again fell at the final hurdle.

A season that could have been ended with the 5ths bottom of the table. Had we played the 4 games we conceded through having not enough players, we still would have been close to the relegation zone. Were there 5 or 6 worse teams than us - Yes. But with 269 runs separating the top two batsmen, we need a more solid base for 2014. With an average runs of just 117 per innings, and only 7 wickets per game, you are not going to win trophies.

However the season was a great success for bringing in the younger players, and also getting some of the legends back in whites for a game or two. And every game was played in an exemplary manner with respect for the opposition the most important factor. We laughed our way through many games and always played up and played the game.

The Batsman, Bowler and Player of the season will have to wait until next Saturday to learn who they are. There might be some surprises.

Scorecard

Watford Town IV won the toss and decided to bowl.

Rickmansworth V bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Jack Lee
4
0
12
0
3.0
Atul Patel
5
0
30
1
6.0
Owen Blackwell
5
0
20
0
4.0
Mick Pushong
11
3
20
1
1.8
Sean Lindsay
11
2
22
1
2.0
Meraj Zia
11
3
22
2
2.0

Rickmansworth V batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Paul Blackwell
Caught. b. P 1
19
0
1
0
 
Gavin Lock
Caught. b. P 6
21
0
0
0
 
Joe McCusker
Caught. b. P 8
7
0
0
0
 
Owen Blackwell
Caught. b. P 6
1
0
0
0
 
Dave Lewy
b. P 6
9
0
0
0
 
Meraj Zia
b. P 6
13
0
0
0
 
Jack Lee
b. P 5
17
0
0
0
 
Eugene Flynn
Caught. b. P 9
2
0
0
0
 
Mick Pushong
b. P 1
2
0
0
0
 
Atul Patel
Not Out
1
0
0
0
 
Sean Lindsay
b. P 3
0
0
0
0
 
Extras
5b, 5lb
10
Total
for 10 wickets 30.2 overs
102

Watford Town IV bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
0
0
0
0
 
0
0
0
0
 
0
0
0
0
 
0
0
0
0
 
0
0
0
0
 

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other Division 13 results

Baldock III
Datchworth III
Hertford V
Hatfield Hyde III
Leverstock Green IV
Old Elizabethans III
Old Camdenians III
Northwood Town III
Old Owens III
Welwyn Garden City V
Redbourn IV
Abbots Langley IV
Reed IV
Shenley Village IV
Waltham X Rosedale IV
Chorleywood IV
Wheathampstead III
Boxmoor III

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League table

# Team Played Total
14. Hertford V 1 11
15. Chorleywood IV 1 8
16. Rickmansworth V 1 6
17. Watford Town IV 1 6
18. Datchworth III 1 1
19. Waltham X Rosedale IV 1 -10
20. Leverstock Green IV 1 -10

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