Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI v Harpenden II on Sat 13 Jun 2009 at 1:00
Match was Drawn NCC got 19 points

Match report Northwood travelled to the picturesque ground at Harpenden to face their second team. With a fair taking place down towards the town, the picture was of a typical English day, sunshine, blue skies and Reggie’s orange head bobbing through the crowds to the pub.

Northwood lost the toss and were inserted on a track that looked made for runs. Brockers soon succumbed to the short ball looping one to midwicket but Nuss joined Danny Rodgers at the crease and the pair put on 96 for the second wicket, until Nuss (30) clipped one to square leg and Danny, ending up on 71, was stumped expertly down the leg side by Harpenden’s keeper. Noachie (31) looked well set until he spooned one to mid wicket and Raz was adjudged LBW on the thigh pad. Rossco chipped in with a few but it was down to the lower order to scramble some runs to push the score up to 211-9 before Reggie strode purposefully to the wicket. He is pushing Mike Simms for the Duckman of Ducks Hill Road for the number of ducks he has got this season and again didn’t disappoint, standing plum in front of a full toss.

Then it was tea. It was difficult for some of the team to fully concentrate on the tea, such was the excellence of those providing it. Raj was well taken by one and completely forgot the absence of double strength chilli sauce. He even floated the idea of moving to Harpenden but what other club would put up with him!

Having posted a reasonably decent total although this probably should have been 20 more, Northwood opened with Jim Lewis and Stewie Reeve. Stewie unfortunately could not find his rhythm but Jim was soon in his stride, accounting for both openers. At this point it became clear that Reggie’s knee damaged during a diving stop on concrete against CCOL was too bad for him to field and he left the field. Luckily for him, the skipper allowed him in the bar for a beer. I think he wanted another look at the tea lady.

Luckily Noachie was feeling fit enough to return to bowl and he soon got into the action. Having been hit for two consecutive fours, he put one through “slightly” quicker and the guy was comprehensively bowled. This was followed by two LBWs. Both guys waived their bats at the umpire (not done) but they were both clearly hit pad first and Harpenden were tottering on 75 for 5. At this point Robbo had to leave the field for medicinal purposes and we were 9 in the field and on top.

Robbo returned and Harpenden then stopped the rot with their skipper and keeper establishing an innings. This put on 50 before Nuss crucially dropped the skipper on 120-5. They continued to find the gaps and took the score up to 189 when Robbo bowled the skipper for a well fought 65. This caused havoc in the lower order as Harpenden seemed to have thought the games was won. They still needed 30 runs with 8 overs left, an easy win if they played it right and the runs were whittled down but they still lost wickets. The next bat was stumped off Robbo as he went for a hoike, Nuss managed to hold onto one at mid on, and at 8 down with 4 needed of the last over and the keeper still in, it should have been easy.

Noachie went with Rossco on the last over and he bowled superbly and on the third ball, Robbo caught their number 10 leaving them three to win off 3 balls with one wicket in hand. A single was scrambled to get the keeper on strike. Then another single to long on to Stewie to tie the scores with number 11 on strike. At his point, Northwood had 19 points. Harpenden 10 (they inserted us and got 5 bowling and 5 batting). Rossco bowled and the bat missed it, Raz stumped him, but he never left his ground. Raz threw the ball to the other end and Rossco missed running out the keeper at the other end who had run halfway down the pitch.

That meant the game was a draw. Had we taken the last wicket it would have been a tie with both teams 20 points, not much to us but to them an extra 10 points. Still it was a great game, going to the last ball with an expectant Harpenden crowd watching. They were not a happy bunch as we walked off to shake hands.

Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
4nb 3w 1b 9lb 
for 10 wickets

(51.0 overs)
Daniel Rodgers st Sprowson b Kerry 71 123 102 8 1 69.61
Tom Brockton ct Savio b Peck 6 16 16 1 37.50
Nigel Hussey ct Brookes b Savio 30 91 70 4 42.86
Simon Noach ct Brookes b Makower 31 41 40 2 77.50
Richard Wise lbw Makover 17 34 31 1 54.84
Ross Noach b Savio 16 20 21 2 76.19
Paul Richardson b Savo 2 5 6 33.33
Stuart Reeve Not Out  12 16 75.00
Sam Thurgood b Makower 9 10 10 1 90.0
James Lewis Run out  0 1
Raj Latchman lbw Savio 0 1 1 0

Harpenden II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Harpenden II Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1w 4b 11lb 
for 9 wickets
211 (48.0 overs)
M Brookes lbw Lewis 1
A Hooper b Lewis 25
B Francis b S.Noach 29
O Tucks lbw S Noach 8
D Whiteley b P Richardson 65
O Chinneck lbw S Noach 0
G Sprowson Not Out  60
J Kerley st  R Wise b P Richardson 0
P Makower ct N Hussey b Richardson 4
J Savio ct P Richardson b R Noach 3
J Peck Not Out  1

Northwood Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
James Lewis13.0241220.503.15
Stuart Reeve6.004400.007.33
Simon Noach8.0137312.334.62
Ross Noach13.0243143.003.31
Paul Richardson8.0031310.333.87