Weekly Newsletter 18: Stoking the fire

Weekly Newsletter 18: Stoking the fire

By Tom Vila
27th August
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Five sizzling hot bank holiday matches to bring you up to speed with


1s battle hard at Dunstable

The first half of the match went to plan against a Dunstable team battling to stay up. The Northchurch bowlers did their job to knock over the home team for 145 on a pitch that seemed decent to bat on. Dunstable produced a number of good balls to reduce Northchurch to 80 for 6 but the strong lower order dug in to blunt the attack before getting the chase over the line. Match Report.

2s out of promotion race

The 2nd XI is now sadly out of contention for promotion after a loss to runaway league leaders Harpenden Dolphins at the Meadow. Fifties from the captain and Louis Prideaux helped the home team post what felt like a competitive 199. The bowlers dug deep in the defence but an injury to Matt Dawson dented hopes of containing the 'Phins, who got home with an over or two to spare.

Academy outgunned by league leaders

The final junior game of the season was played in glorious August sunshine at the Meadow. West Herts proved too strong for Northchurch, despite perhaps the best bowling performance of the season. Match Report.

Jimmy gets the runs

The Sunday XI had an away trip to local friends Potten End, with Chappers at the helm. End’s notoriously aggressive approach to batting got them up to 250, which they might have been pleased with. However, they did not account for an in form Jimmy Smart, who belted 140* to get Northchurch across the line, ably supported by James K, who played his part in a partnership of 80.

Chairman’s XI does it again

The annual President’s XI v Chairman’s XI match went to the wire for the second time in as many years, with the Chairman’s XI taking the bragging rights into the bar. A mid-match break to watch Stokes’ test match heroics and a lot of post-match jollity made the day a great success. Match Report.

Presentation Evenings

Junior presentations will be held at the club from 6.15 pm on Friday 6 September. Senior presentation night will be on Saturday 7 September after the final league games of the season.

Results

Wednesday: Senior training

Sat: 2nd XI Home v Harpenden Harpenden Dolphins – LOST by 4 wickets
1st XI Away v Dunstable 2nd XI – WON by 2 wickets

Sun: Academy Home v West Herts 1000 – LOST by 49 runs
Sunday XI Away v Potten End - WON
President’s v Chairman’s XI Home 2pm – Chairman’s XI WON by 6 wickets

Fixtures This Week

Wednesday: Senior training

Sat: 1st XI Home v Bayford and Hertford
2nd XI Away v Northampton Exiles

Sun: Sunday XI away to Ebury stroller
1st XI away to Old Elizabethans T20 finals day

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