Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI v Welwyn Garden City II on Sat 23 May 2009 at 1:00
Match was Drawn NCC got 19 points

Match report Northwood entertained Welwyn seconds at Ducks Hill Road with the only change the Northwood Knobbly Knees competition winner Steve Hussey replacing Mace behind the stumps. With Judy Knowles doing the teas, the prospect of an excellent afternoon was improved when Noachie won the toss again and elected to bat.

Danny Rodgers (24) and Brockers (42) opened the batting putting on 47 for the first wicket. Brockers was much more forceful and positive scoring some great drives through the covers and through point. Nuss joined Brockers as Danny frustratedly couldn’t drive as much as he would like on a slow pitch and was caught behind off the Vimmy Ridge just outside the right handers off stump. Brockers soon followed for an excellent 42 to bring Noachie to the crease.

With two previous ducks it was clear that Noachie was a little nervous. However, with only Stainsby causing problems at one end Noachie was soon in his stride scoring a quick 24. Nuss (left hander so never out LBW) departed adjudged LBW and Raz Wise came in to be joined by Goodsponds after Noachie picked out Stainsby at midwicket.

At this point the top 4 had built an excellent platform, quite different from previous weeks or seasons. This meant that Raz and Spons could play their natural game and we all know what Dave’s natural game is. Try his hardest to put the ball in the Gate car park. Raz’s natural game involves him impishly chipping the keeper over his head. This they both did, with Goodsponds 50 coming up in record time and a couple of new balls. Raz’s footwork and skill at finding the gaps came to the fore as the partnership racked up 80 for the 4th wicket.

WGC’s skipper then brought himself back on to take Raz’s wicket for a well struck 52 to bring in Gobbo. He will probably wish he didn’t come back on to bowl but he was probably protecting their kids from further neck ache as the ball went over their heads. He went from 13 overs for 43 to bring up his century, with his next 4 overs going for 56. The first ball of each over went into the road. Clever stuff. Spons then accused Gobbo of being boring and he followed suit narrowly missing the H11 bus. It was then a question of when to declare and on 50 overs, we had 264 for 5 in 50 overs.

James Lewis and Stuart Reeve then opened the bowling with each taking quick wickets which reduced them to 9 for 2 putting them right behind the clock. Steve Huss pulled off a great catch and then Jamie bowled the dangerous number 3 before Raj came on to bowl his left arm spin. Raj bowled well at times but his bad ball got hit. A couple of his good ones also got hit and it was pleasing to see nothing go past him in the field. He’s a new man…!!!

Stewie got an excellent catch at mid on, second bite and Steve Huss got another stumping off a Latchman induced hoike but Welwyn had left their old heads lower down the order and long partnership took hold until the Northwood hill took its toll. The old adage, similar to the Latchman’s “don’t pull before June”, “take care up the hill” came into play. Danny “Linford (but not for pace)” Rodgers sprinted up the hill as the batsmen took two and turned for the third. The striker realising his mistake turned back his partner but the ball was already winging its way to Raj. Last season Raj would probably have missed it. This year he took the ball and ran the guy out.

Gobbo was bowling at the other end without luck and Noachie brought back Stewie and then Jamie from the pavilion end. Huss got his second catch off Raj, stumping the guy at the same time for good measure just to make sure he was out. Jamie then drew an edge out of the stubborn number 9 with an absolute corker and Huss the Hunchback of Kneetrodame took his third catch, giving Jamie 4 balls at their young number 11. Sadly none of the balls worried the kid and Raj had 6 balls at the WGC Captain. Three full tosses later the skipper held out for the draw.

A good effort by the Northwood boys. Disappointingly one wicket away from 30 points but still in all areas Northwood outplayed their young opposition who had apparently lost 5 to the first team. It was however nice to see a young side play the game in the right way. With some of the senior clubs, often the younger players don’t know how to behave. WGC certainly teach their kids to play the game in the right spirit as there was no gobbage in the game at all. A pleasure to play against. Shame they didn’t know how to give their last wicket away!

Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 1w 9b 2lb 
for 5 wickets

(53.0 overs)
Daniel Rodgers ct McDonald B Stainsby 24 45 48 5 50.0 1
Tom Brockton ct Molynehx b Stainsby 42 45 60 9 70.0
Nigel Hussey lbw I Fitzgerald 21 48 21 100
Simon Noach ct Stainsby b I Fitzgerald 26 49 41 3 1 63.41
Richard Wise b Stainsby 52 62 58 7 1 89.66
David Goodhew Not Out  63 48 4 4 131.25
Paul Richardson Not Out  23 17 3 1 135.29 1
Steve Hussey   3 1
Stuart Reeve  
James Lewis  
Raj Latchman  

Welwyn Garden City II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
A Nolan7.022200.003.14
C Stainsby17.01101333.675.94
A Chalker5.003000.006.00
I Fitzgerald13.0263231.504.85
L Mitchell8.003700.004.62

Welwyn Garden City II Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
5nb 1w 2b 3lb 
for 9 wickets
179 (50.0 overs)
I Macdonald lbw S Reeve 1
S Stockwell ct S Hussey b J Lewis 4
A Nolan b J Lewis 18
T Small ct P Richardshon b Raj Latchman 19
M Walters ct S Reeve b R Latchman 8
A Chalker st S Hussey b Raj Latchman 11
D Rudraswamy run out  D Rodgers 22
C Molyneux ct S Hussey b Raj Latchman 43
I Fitzgerald ct S Hussey b Raj Latchman 20
C Stainsby Not Out  22
L Mitchell Not Out  0

Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
James Lewis17.0639313.002.29
Stuart Reeve9.0132132.003.56
Raj Latchman19.0583420.754.37
Paul Richardson5.012000.004.00