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Match reports 8th June

The first team game at Old Albanians was called off mid -morning but Ickleford's other two teams had impressive wins.

Ickleford 2nds finally got their first win after narrow defeats in the last 2 weeks winning by 8 runs against Hertford 3rds.
In wet conditions Ickleford lost their 5th toss in a row and unsurprisingly were put into bat and they were soon in trouble at 10-4. Skipper Sam Howard started the rescue act with 32 and lower order runs got the score up to a meagre 113 in an innings containing 5 ducks.
Hertford started briskly and at 58-3 off just 14 overs they looked to be racing to the target. Scot Crouch then bowled a miserly spell of 3-13 from his 9 overs, Michael Day took 2 wickets & Duncan Jenner after a rare failure with the bat finished Hertford off with 2-15 as they were bowled out for 103 giving Ickleford a thrilling 8 run victory.


The third team had an excellent victory over Southgate Compton who were top of the table before this game. Ickleford restricted Southgate Compton to 154-9 in their 38 overs. Nick Webb was very economical but the unexpected bowling hero was Ben Whelan who does not normally bowl but took 4 wickets. 
Whelan then hit a very useful 46 to put Ickleford on the road to their target He was well supported by Russell Dermont before skipper Dave Pursey hit an unbeaten 50 to see Ickleford home by 7 wickets.

Match reports 1st June

This match was dominated by a superb 4th wicket partnership of 157 between Stephen Money (101 not out ) and Eswar Krishnamurphy (63).  Chasing 225 to win Ickleford were in trouble losing 3 early  wickets for 29 before the most experienced members of the team came together. They timed their partnership to perfection, always keeping the scoreboard ticking without taking unnecessary risks. The run chase was completed with a welcome 25 not out from match day captain Jack Edwards as Ickleford were victorious by 6 wickets. 

Earlier Sawbridgeworth looked likely to post an imposing total when they reached 99 for 1 in 22 overs. The introduction of Luke Marsden 3 for 34 soon changed that as they finished on a par score of 224. There were wickets for for George Crouch (2 for 51) whilst Sam Draper took 3 out field catches in the deep to back up his slow bowling team mates.

Ickleford 2nds remain winless after another narrow defeat at North Mymms. A 4th successive lost toss saw Ickleford in the field against the table toppers. 3 wickets each for Thomas Brown & Scot Crouch kept North Mymms to exactly 200. Duncan Jenner followed his unbeaten ton last week with an impressive half century. But as the rate increased Ickleford were bowled out in the last over 9 runs short of the victory total.


The third team had a good win at Frogmore. Ickleford batted first and scored an impressive 232-3 in their 45 overs. There was an excellent opening partnership of 173 between Russell Dermont 80 and Dave Pursey 65. Frogmore were restricted to 185-8 in reply with Mark Howard and Jack Holmes each taking two wickets.


Match Reports 25th May

 Ickleford 1st X1 snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in a thrilling match on Saturday.

When number 11 Michael Day joined Matt Baxter for the last wicket Ickleford required a further 82. It seemed a forlorn situation. But Baxter hit a further 70 in an innings of 118 not out including 8  6’s and 8  4’s  in a partnership of 73 reducing the requirement to 9 from 4 overs.However an excellent piece of fielding saw Day run out trying to keep his partner on strike.  

Earlier Sammy Fookes with 45 had been the back bone of the ickleford innings before once again wickets fell all too quickly.

Langleybury got off to a solid start with 2 half century knocks which helped them to reach 142 for 2 at 25 overs. The re introduction of the Marsden brothers saw the balance change as Matt took 4 for 47 and Luke 2 for 40 as Langleybury were bowled out for 249 in the 50th over.

Ickleford 2nds came up just 8 run short of chasing down 254 against Clifton 1st team.

Ickleford lost their third successive toss & fielded in hot dry conditions.

Clifton started slowly. At 46-3, they were then helped with a gradually accelerating 131 partnership & Ickleford began to struggle. Scot Crouch took 3 wickets, but it was Rob Day with 3 run outs despite nursing injury that finally curtailed the innings. Ickleford too started cautiously and were 87-2 at after 25 overs, still needing a further 168 from the remaining 25. Duncan Jenner got into his stride hitting 14 fours and a six in a brilliant 114 not out. With several players providing quick runs at the other end victory appeared a possibility but they frustratingly finished just short at 247-5

The third team were well beaten at Bushey. The batting did not fire and only Ben Whelan with a brisk 44 really got going. Ickleford were dismissed for just 104 which did not put Bushey under any real pressure and they eased home by 5 wickets in just 23 overs. Scott Dalrymple was the pick of the Ickleford bowlers with 3 wickets.


Match reports 18th May.

Having won the toss and batted Broxbourne were soon in trouble at 15 for 3 as Axel Morris (1 for 20) and Eswar Krishnamurphy (3 for 41) took early wickets.
However a 67 run partnership from Hussain Ahmed 69 not out and George Davies 49, the most fluent batsman of the day, restored parity.
Once that partnership was broken the innings  concluded at 175 for 7 with Luke Marsden bowling his 10 overs for figures of 2 for 29.
The feeling at tea was that the innings was less than expected.
However Ickleford's batsmen were soon returning to the pavilion in a hurry as James Trafford took 3 for 32 in 6 overs and Liam Robinson 1 for 10 as they stumbled to 51 for 5 before the rains saved the day. Only Matt Baxter (14) and Matt Marsden (13) managed double figures.

The second team lost a tight game against London Colney. Their opponents won an important toss and inserted Ickleford on a tricky wicket. Simon Wagstaff made a patient 30 and Jack Edwards an excellent 59. Sam Howard hit a lusty 27 meaning Ickleford made a competitive 187.
The outfield quickened up after tea and after a slow start Colney accelerated towards the victory total. There were 2 wickets for Thomas Brown, Michael day and Jason Timm but Colney eased home by 3 wickets.



The third team comprehensively beat Rickmansworth 3's. Good tight early bowling from Rob Day 1-17 and Nick Webb 1-13 made Rickmansworth struggle but despite 4-47 from Richard Peareth they progressed to 192.
However a brilliant opening partnership of 148 between Dave Pursey 80 and Sam Giggle 51 made light of the target and Ben Whelan 30 not out saw Ickleford win by 7 wickets.


 Match reports 11th May 2019. 

Ickleford got off to the best possible start in the Saracens Herts League division 1 with an emphatic 115 run victory over Kings Langley. Ickleford were put in to bat on what was expected to be a wicket that would favour the bowlers. The innings was dominated by a brilliant century from Eswar Krishnamurthy who provided an excellent mix of defence and attack as he steered Ickleford to a very competitive score of 209-9 in their 50 overs. Matt Baxter provided the main support with 43 and only one other batsman reached double figures—Axel Morris with 14. Such was Krishnamurthy’s dominance.


The Ickleford bowling attack immediately caused problems for Kings Langley. Morris took two early wickets in a fine opening spell and was well supported by Krishnamurthy and Michael Day. The squeeze on the Kings Langley batsmen was continued by the Marsden brothers who gave nothing away. Luke took 4-19 in 10 overs while Matt took 3-25 in 7.3 overs as Ickleford thoroughly deserved their emphatic victory.




The second team were beaten by Bentley Heath on an under prepared wicket. Ickleford were dismissed for just 93 and Bentley Heath got home by 7 wickets as Ickleford dropped too many catches.

Match Report 20th April

Ickleford comfortably took the spoils in a season opening friendly fixture with Letchworth.

Ickleford Batted first in clear blue skies. After the early loss of Sammy Fookes, skipper Ali Munn put on 100 with debutant New Zealander Stephen Money. Both made half centuries before Matt Baxter hit a quick fire 38 & most of the middle order got some valuable time at the wicket. Ickleford reached 204-6 from their 45 overs. Letchworth In reply found early season runs difficult to come by and were soon well behind the rate. Sam Draper picked up 5 wickets as Letchworth slid to 131 all out with 6 overs left.

Match reports 1st September

Ickleford ended their debut season in division 1 of the Saracens Herts League with a disappointing performance that lacked their usual intensity. But to finish fifth was an excellent outcome in their first season at this level.

Ickleford reduced Broxbourne to 137-7 and seemed well on top. But a partnership of 98 for the eighth wicket changed the complexion of the game and Broxbourne ended up with 237-8. Luke Marsden again bowled well with 3-35 from his 10 overs while Axel Morris took 2-25. At 124-4 Ickleford seemed in control as Sammy Fookes made another excellent half century with 51 and Matt Baxter made 25. But then a collapse set in and 124-4 became 147 all out as the innings imploded. But the season was all about consolidation and Ickleford probably over achieved with their fifth place finish.

The second team were beaten by just 10 runs by Preston 2’s. Preston batted first and made 248-7 with Peter Godden making 85. Thomas Brown and Duncan Jenner each took 2 wickets while Scot Crouch bowled a tight spell.

Ickleford were always in the hunt  with Sam Giggle making 35 and Duncan Jenner 41. But Mark Schumann was the star performer and he made an excellent 77. He fell with 27 more needed for victory and this proved beyond the tail and Ickleford were dismissed for 238. Despite the victory Preston 2’s were relegated.

The third team had a brilliant win at Aldenham who despite their defeat ended up as champions of division 10A. Ickleford dismissed Aldenham for just 97 as Rob Day produced a match winning spell of 5-33 in his 10 overs. He was well supported by Michael Day 2-13 and Richard Peareth 2-19.

The wicket was not easy but a number of batsmen produced double figures as Ickleford got home by 4 wickets. Mark Howard 15, Adam Brockett 18, Ben Whelan 15 and Peareth 17 set the stage for youngsters Jack Holmes and Sam Dermont to see Ickleford home.

Match reports 25th August

Ickleford won a thrilling game against Shenley Village off the penultimate ball of the game with nine wickets down. Shenley chose to bat and the Ickleford attack did well to restrict them to 191-7 in their 50 overs with another good fielding performance being equally important. Luke Marsden only conceded 20 runs in his 10 overs taking 2 wickets. Axel Morris also bowled well and took 3-35 in his 10 overs.
The victory target was certainly achievable and Ally Munn opened the innings with 21 but it was the third wicket partnership of 86 between Sammy Fookes and Matt Baxter that put Ickleford on top. Both made 56 and at 135-3 Ickleford seemed well on course. But a slump to 172-8 saw a nervy finish in prospect. Morris hit an aggressive 13 and when he departed 3 runs were needed from the last over. Richard Brown hit a single before Luke Marsden completed a memorable day with a 4 off the penultimate delivery to see Ickleford home.
The second team were beaten by 23 runs in their clash with St Albans 2’s. St Albans batted first and made 197. Again Michael Day was the pick of the bowlers and he was rewarded with figures of 5-29 from his 10 overs. Thomas Brown, Scot Crouch and George Crouch each took one wicket.
Tom Willoughby gave Ickleford a good start with 49 but unfortunately only Tom Archer with an unbeaten 44 provided any real resistance as only two other batsmen made double figures and Ickleford were dismissed for 174.
The third team made 182 with Ben Whelan again leading the way with a hard hit 43. Adam Brockett with 25 and Mark Howard20 provided support. The Ickleford bowlers endured rainy conditions and had to bowl with a wet ball which helped Holtwhites who won by 6 wickets. Nick Webb was the pick of the bowlers with2-26.

Match Report 18th August

Ickleford produced a disappointing performance against Kings Langley and were beaten by 4 wickets. Ickleford won the toss and decided to bat but could only muster 113 all out. Too many batsmen were architects of their own downfall with some injudicious shots. The 19 extras outscored any of the Ickleford batsmen with Sam Draper the top scorer with 17.

The bowlers did not have much to bowl at and Kings Langley progressed to 71-1. There was  a mini collapse as Kings Langley lost 4 further wickets but despite a good fielding performance the victory target was achieved with 23 overs to spare. Eswar Krishnamurthy was the pick of the bowlers with 4-36 from 8.2 overs while Draper and Luke Marsden each took one wicket.

The second team saw their faint promotion hopes disappear as they were well beaten by Bentley Heath. On a very difficult wicket Ickleford were inserted and struggled to 70-1 in 25 overs with Simon Wagstaff making 40. The introduction of a slow left arm bowler then made life more difficult for Ickleford and he took 4-20 as Ickleford fell away to 137 all out.

The wicket was improving and Bentley Heath had no problems reaching the target for the loss of just 4 wickets. Michael Day was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets but only 27 overs were needed by Bentley Heath.

The third team had an excellent victory over Hoddesdon 3’s. On a very good wicket Ickleford did well to restrict Hoddesdon to 221-6. Mark Howard took 3-43 and Richard Peareth 2-41. The Ickleford reply started well as Dave Pursey made 27 before an excellent partnership between Matt Deacon who made 36 and Ben Whelan with a brilliant 82 put Ickleford in sight of victory. But there was a wobble and a cluster of wickets fell before Howard hit the winning runs as Ickleford got home by 3 wickets.

Match Reports 11th August

The rains came with the game delicately poised but Ickleford first team won by virtue of a better run rate at Chorley Wood. Ickleford were inserted on a damp surface that favoured the bowlers and found it hard going early on. Sam Fookes did well making 34 but Ickleford were in trouble at 92-5.

The lower order batsmen dug in well with Jack Edwards making 35 and Ben Mason showing good responsibility with 42 not out. Matt Marsden then batted aggressively in his 31 as Ickleford made a useful 207-8. The wicket was getting easier but the bowlers did have a total to defend.

Chorley Wood made a good start and reached 85-1. Then the Marsden brothers were introduced in to the attack and put the brakes on. Matt took 3-19 from 8 overs while Luke took 1-32 from 7 overs and Chorley Wood were 120-5 when the heavens opened with Ickleford now on top. Calculations proved Ickleford to be the winners with their rate of 4.14 beating Chorley Wood’s 3.52.

The second team had an exciting victory over Holtwhites 2’s winning off the second ball of the last over. Holtwhites made 232 and at one stage looked on course for far more before Duncan Jenner intervened. He took 4 wickets in one remarkable over and finished with 6-54 from 9 overs.

Ickleford kept up with the run rate throughout their reply and the key partnership saw Jenner complete a memorable day with 55 in tandem with Sam Howard who also made 55. Dan Watson made 23 but the ninth wicket fell with 12 runs still needed. However Michael Day and Scot Crouch were the heroes of the hour as Ickleford scraped home by one wicket.

The third team were beaten by 4 wickets by Watford 3’s. Ickleford batted first when the wicket was more difficult but made 215-6. Dave Pursey made 27 and Ben Whelan 35 but the highlight was a partnership of 130  between Adam Brockett who made 66 despite being injured  and Jack Holmes who hit a maiden 50 with 55 not out. Watford had a couple of aggressive batsmen who managed to reduce the asking rate as the innings  progressed and despite Ickleford taking 6 wickets they won with 10 overs to spare.

Match Reports 4th August
Ickleford secured an emphatic 8 wicket victory over near neighbours Knebworth Park in the Saracens Herts League Division 1. Knebworth batted first and were guilty of playing some inauspicious shots that led to wickets falling. However Ickleford did bowl well and reduced their opponents to 76-6. The Knebworth tail batted sensibly and took the score to 168 all out which while below par was a good recovery. The wickets were shared around with Eswar Krishnamurthy taking 3-38, Luke Marsden and Dillon Smit each having figures of 2-27 and Matt Marsden taking 2-34.
Ally Munn opened with Smit and added 31 for the first wicket as Smit made 24. Krishnamurthy then joined Munn and they added 85. Munn was dismissed for 48 but then Baxter 36 not out joined Krishnamurthy 42 not out and they saw Ickleford home with 9 overs to spare. This was a rare win for Ickleford over Knebworth Park who had a great record against Ickleford before this game.
The second team had a comfortable win over London Colney. Ickleford did well to restrict London Colney to 185 as Duncan Jenner snared 4-48 while George Crouch also bowled well to take 2-46. Ickleford made a good start to their reply with Tom Reilly 23 and Simon Wagstaff 48 adding 50 for the first wicket. Then Sammy Fookes took centre stage with an excellent unbeaten 61 while Jenner completed a good all round performance with 32 not out.
The third team made a competitive score of 236 against Datchworth 3’s. Richard Peareth made 63 and Dave Pursey 33 but it turned out that the victory target was achievable on a good wicket and Datchworth got home by 4 wickets despite 2-32 from Attiq.
Match Reports 28th July


The first team were involved in an exciting match at top of the table Old Owens only losing off the first ball of the last over. Ickleford batted first and against the top class Old Owens attack could only make 166 and only batted for 44.1 overs.
Dillon Smit and Eswar Krishnamurthy made 21 and 24 respectively before Matt Baxter added 30. However nobody could score a half century and  skipper Matt Marsden with 35 provided the best innings but 166 did look below par. Old Owens made a fast start but gradually the Ickleford bowlers turned the screw and choked the run rate. Axel Morris only conceded 27 runs in his 10 overs and Matt Marsden only went for 21 in his ten. Then Luke Marsden bowled a tight spell with 1-23 before Smit took 3-36 and Krishnamurthy came back with 2 wickets. Old Owens were under pressure but kept their calm to reach the victory target in the last over.
So again Ickleford were competitive against the top side in the league as they continue to adapt to life in Division 1 and their fielding deserves special mention.
The second team achieved a vital victory over Waltham X Rosedale after amassing a challenging 293-8 in their 50 overs. Tom Reilly and Mark Schumann dominated the innings scoring 76 and 77 respectively in excellent displays. Duncan Jenner 20 and Ben Whelan 24 also made useful contributions.
The Rosedale reply was dominated by opener Schail and while he was at the wicket an unlikely win was not out of the question. He made 119 but eventually continually chasing 10 runs an over told and Rosedale were dismissed for 227. Thomas Brown again bowled well to take 2-36 while Schumann bowled a very tight spell that saw him concede just 27.  Sam Giggle with 3-68 and Jenner 3-39 proved to be the main strike bowlers.
The third team lost to Rickmansworth 3’s as they continue to struggle with poor availability. Batting first they only made 131 and this was almost entirely thanks to a brave innings from Tom Willoughby who defied a leg injury to hit an excellent 58. Mike Garret made 18 and Mark Howard 14.
Rickmansworth made light work of the target winning by 8 wickets with 33 overs to spare.
Match Reports 21st July


It was not a good day at the office for Ickleford as all three teams suffered Saracens Herts League defeats.

The first team did well to restrict Harpenden 2’s to 228 all out on a good wicket and lightning fast outfield. At 165-25 a much higher score seemed likely but then George Crouch took a hand in proceedings. Despite going for 15 in his first over he recovered to take 5-43 in 7.1 overs. It was his first five wicket league haul for the first team. Eswar Krishnamurthy bowled tidily with 2-36 while Sam Draper took 2-22.

229 was an achievable target but Ickleford failed to rise to the occasion. Krishnamurthy was the pick of the batsmen with a solid 53 but  Crouch with 33 not out was the only other batsman to pass 20. Ickleford had been keeping up with the required rate but were losing wickets too frequently and were dismissed for 185.

The second team are having a poor run and were well beaten by Hertford 3’s. Ickleford batted first and made 184 which was well below par. Michael Day made a maiden league half century with 55 while Sam Giggle made 48 and Adam Brockett 20.

Hertford made short work of the victory target needing just 25 overs and only losing 2 wickets.

The third team were trounced by Frogmore 2’s who scored a massive 409-3 in their 50 overs. In their defence Ickleford only had 8 men for the last 30 overs due to starting with 10 then losing 2 players during the innings.

Not surprisingly the Ickleford reply was disappointing as they could only make 99. Dave Pursey and Richard Peareth each made 25.

Match Reports 14th July

The first team had another comprehensive win beating Old Albanians by 134 runs to move up to fourth in the Saracens Herts League Division 1 table. Ickleford batted first and did not make a good start slipping to 64-4 and 101-5. But Matt Baxter scored a second consecutive century to rescue the innings. He really is in prime form and made the Old Albanians bowlers suffer with 9 4’s and 2 6’s. Baxter found good support from Sam Draper who made 39 from 33 balls and Matt Marsden who made 34 in stands of 78 and 71 respectively. Baxter was unbeaten on 104 as Ickleford made 256-8.

The Ickleford bowlers were soon well on top and reduced Old Albanians to 44-6 before they stuttered to 122 all out. Luke Marsden with 3-25 shared the same figures as his brother Matt as Ickleford won with 15 overs to spare.

The second team were well beaten by top of the table Hatfield and Crusaders. The Ickleford total of 226 was well below par on a good wicket with a fast outfield. George Crouch hit a maiden league half century making 52. Sam Giggle gave good support with 41 while Duncan Jenner made 28, Tom Brown 17 and Michael Day 19.

Hatfield eased to victory in just 32.1 overs as the Ickleford bowling was again found wanting. Day and Scot Crouch each took 2 wickets.

The third team made 205 against Bayford and Hertford 2’s and again this was not really enough in good batting conditions. Russell Dermont led the way with an excellent 77.Charlie Jupp 37 and Adam Brockett 31 also impressed but the Bayford bowlers gave little away.

In reply Ickleford were always in with a chance as Bayford were needing 5 to 6 runs an over most of the innings. Slater hit a brilliant unbeaten 86 to guide his side home timing his innings perfectly despite the best efforts of the Ickleford bowlers.

Match Reports 7th July
The first team returned to winning ways with a vital win over lowly Stevenage. Ickleford batted first and made a disastrous start slipping to 3-2. But then Matt Baxter joined Jon Hilliard and their third wicket partnership transformed the game. They put on 185 runs in double quick time in an excellent partnership. Hilliard was the perfect foil for the aggressive Baxter and reached his 50 in 88 balls, the same number Baxter needed to reach his century. Hilliard was out for 61 and Baxter 119 and they had broken the hearts of the Stevenage bowlers.
Ickleford went on to reach 306 in their 50 overs with Dillon Smit adding 27 and Jack Edwards 20. Mahmood was the most successful bowler with 4-57. In reply Stevenage fell behind the asking rate from the beginning and at no stage did Ickleford come under pressure. Eswar Krishnamurthy with 3-31 was the most successful bowler while Dan Watson took 3-51 and Luke Marsden 2-42. No Stevenage player reached 50 as they were dismissed for 207 leaving Ickleford 99 run victors. Special mention must be made of wicket keeper Richard Brown who took four catches and a stumping. Stevenage drop to the bottom of division 1 while Ickleford are now sixth.
The Third team were without a game but England’s World Cup game meant availability was poor and the second team travelled to Watford with just 10 men. Ickleford batted first and their total of 176 was at least 50 below par. Duncan Jenner hit an assured 53 before being run out while Rob Day made 29 and Dave Pursey 28. In reply Watford 2’s got off to a good start and Gunjid hit a fine unbeaten 76 to guide his side to a 5 wicket win. Roy Izzard was the most successful bowler with 2-2 while Rob Day, Michael Day and Thomas Brown bowled tidily.

Match Reports 30th June

Ickleford continue to find life tough in division 1 of the Saracens Herts League and they fell to a 5 wicket defeat at Broxbourne. They are competitive but the quality of the opposition is a notch above last season so wins are hard to come by.
Ickleford batted first and reached a respectable total of 262-7 in their 50 overs. Jack Edwards made 22 before a 104 partnership for the third wicket between Matt Baxter and Eswar Krisnamurthy saw Ickleford take the initiative. Krisnamurthy made 57 and Baxter returned to form with 81. Matt Marsden provided good support with 34 and Axel Morris was 19 not out.
Broxbourne added 61 for the first wicket and were always in control. Ridley made a classy unbeaten 91 to guide his side home with Krisnamurthy taking 2-46.
The second team bowling again let them down as Preston 2’s ran up a mammoth score of 333-9. Russell Dermont and Thomas Brown took 2 wickets each but Ickleford suffered a further blow with Mike Garrett taken to hospital after struggling in the heat and Ickleford were fielding with just nine as he was helped until the ambulance arrived. Missed catches added to the woe.
In reply Ickleford made 222 with Duncan Jenner leading the way with73. Richard Brown made 48 and Tom Willoughby 39.
The third team toiled in the sun as second placed Aldenham struck 286-8 in their 50 overs. Mark Howard was the most successful bowler with 2-34. In reply Ickleford made a respectable 240-8 but were never likely to chase victory. Harvey Deans hit 44 and Attiq 42 while Howard 37 and Richard Peareth 32 made good contributions.

Match Reports 23rd June

The first team suffered a disappointing defeat to Shenley Village and dropped down to seventh in the Saracens Herts league division 1 table. It was a game where Ickleford were always in with a chance of victory but fell just short with both their batting and bowling. Ickleford batted first and a good second wicket partnership of 105 between Eswar Krisnamurthy and Ali Munn put Ickleford on top. Both made half centuries, Krisnamurthy making 60 and Munn 53. It meant Munn had completed half centuries for the third, second and first teams in just six weeks.

But Ickleford did not build on this good start and Ben Mason with 26 not out was the next highest scorer. The last eight wickets only added 107 runs and the final total of 223 was at least 30 runs short of par on a good wicket. The bowlers did take regular wickets but Shenley were always just in front despite being 118-5 and won by two wickets. Matt Marsden took 3-41 with Krisnamurthy and Sam Draper  each collecting two wickets.

The second team suffered a second consecutive defeat and are now fourth in Division 5A. Again neither the batting or bowling was of the required standard. St Albans were able to post an above par 226 with Russel Dermont taking three wickets and Tom Brown two in an economical spell. But there was a lack of support in the field.

Ickleford were always up against it in reply despite a reasonable start from Duncan Jenner and Simon Wagstaff. Sam Howard was the pick of the batting with 40 but Ickleford were dismissed for 171 to lose by 45 runs.

The third team scored their highest ever score in a crushing defeat of Holtwhites Trinibis 3's. They amassed a formidable 371-4 with two centurions. Dave Pursey showed his class with a well constructed 105 while Ben Whelan bludgeoned a maiden century hitting seven sixes in his 112. They added 125 for the second wicket after Sam Giggle with 69 had put on 143 for the first wicket with Pursey. Harvey Deans then hit a rapid 42 as Ickleford batted Holtwhites out of the game.

Holtwhites never went for the victory and finished 95 runs short on 277-5. On a good batting wicket Peter Robinson, Jack Holmes and Michael Day performed well. 

Match Reports 16th June

Ickleford had a day to forget in the Saracens Herts League with all three teams suffering painful defeats. The first team were well beaten at Kings Langley after a poor batting display that was at least given some respectability by a  resolute tenth wicket partnership.

Ickleford started badly and slipped to 53-5 on a wicket that was offering more bounce than usual. Of the top five batsmen Jack Edwards with 14 was the highest scorer as the Kings Langley attack dominated. Adam Nunn made 27 but Ickleford were in deep trouble at 110-9. Then George Crouch joined Dan Watson and both batted intelligently to add 58 for the last wicket. Watson finished 36 not out and Crouch made 20.

Ickleford made two early breakthroughs with just 29 on the board. But a third wicket partnership of 135 took the game away from Ickleford and Kings Langley needed just 29.5 overs to romp to a 7 wicket win.

The second team are still wondering how they managed to lose having scored a massive 296-3 at home to Bentley Heath. There was an impressive 170 run opening partnership between Ally Munn and Tom Reilly with Munn falling just short of a deserved century at 94 while Reilly was run out for 76. Mark Schumann 33 not out and Duncan Jenner 51 not out continued the onslaught.

But the Ickleford bowling got off to the worst possible start conceding 50 runs in the first four overs. Bentley Heath kept up with the run rate and reached the last over needing 7 runs to win and they achieved their victory off the penultimate ball with 4 wickets to spare.

The third team were well beaten by a strong Hoddesdon third team. Ickleford were always struggling against a well drilled bowling attack. The final score of 151-6 was below par as the middle part of the innings was squeezed by accurate bowling and impressive fielding. Simon Wagstaff 27 and Dave Pursey 35 added 60 for the first wicket while Peter Robinson was 41 not out and Richard Peareth hit 18.

Hoddesdon made a good start and coasted to victory by 5 wickets after just 27 overs. Roy Izzard was the most successful bowler with 2-8..

Match Reports - 9th June

Ickleford first team returned to winning ways with a comprehensive victory over struggling Chorley Wood and moved up to fourth in the Saracens Herts League division 1 table. Ickleford batted first and got off to a good start as they added 84 for the first wicket with Jack Edwards scoring 49 and Jon Hilliard 22. There was a rare failure for Matt Baxter but then Dillon Smit and Eswar Krishnamurthy came together and in an entertaining partnership they added 111 for the fourth wicket. Smit was typically aggressive hitting 6 4’s and 5 6’s in his 81 from 79 deliveries while Krishnamurthy was the perfect foil with 54 including 7 4’s. Ickleford reached 252-6 in their 50 overs which was a challenging total.

The Ickleford attack were well on top from the beginning of the Chorley Wood innings. Krishnamurthy continued his golden day with superb figures of 10 overs 4 maidens 5-23. Chorley Wood were overwhelmed and fell to 9-2, 32-3,42-4,52-5 and 55-7. Only a last wicket partnership of 51 gave the scoreline some respectability at 132 but Ickleford were the winners by 120 runs.

The second team had a thrilling win at Holtwhites Trinibis after losing the toss and fielding. They restricted Holtwhites to an under par 204-7 on a good wicket. In reply Ickleford were soon in deep trouble at 93-6 before the tail wagged to great effect. Richard Brown 42 and  Russell Dermont 25 had a crucial partnership while Mike Garrett was unbeaten on 25. Number 11 Scot Crouch became the unlikely hero as with 7 runs needed from 8 deliveries he smote successive boundaries to give Ickleford an unlikely one wicket win with one over to spare.

The third team were well beaten by a strong Watford third team. Ickleford bowled first and good opening spells from Roy Izzard who finished with 3-21 and Richard Peareth (2-24) put Watford on the back foot. However the Watford middle order batted really well and took the game away from Ickleford and they made 244 from their 50 overs.

Ickleford made a disastrous start and fell to 35-6. Then a superb fightback from Krunel Patel who smashed a brilliant 84 gave the scoreline some respectability and enabled Ickleford to reach 147 all out. Only three other batsmen reached double figures—Mark Howard 15, Ben Whelan 13 and Mehul Patel 11.

Match Reports - 2nd June

Ickleford first team were beaten by 3 wickets at Knebworth Park. It was a close contest but Knebworth Park were the deserved victors. Ickleford won the toss and batted first and never found it easy against a very good bowling attack.

At 88-5 a decent score seemed unlikely. Jack Edwards had made 26 and Matt Baxter 23 but a 72 run partnership between Dillon Smit and Ben Mason saw Ickleford recover. Smit made an excellent 60 and Mason 26. The tail wagged with Luke Marsden 21 not out and Axel Morris scoring 16 to take Ickleford to 223-9.

Asif hit a quickfire 52 to put  Knebworth on the front foot but Ickleford did start taking wickets to apply pressure. Matt Marsden took 4-43 but sensible batting from Hutchinson and Warman saw Knebworth ease home with 6 overs to spare.

The second team did well to beat London Colney having been put in on a difficult wicket. Tom Reilly 23 and Duncan Jenner 21 added 54 for the first wicket before Mark Schumann produced a fine innings of 46 to help Ickleford to 151.

In reply Ickleford were always on top as 14 year old Thomas Brown took the first 4 wickets in a brilliant opening spell. He finished with 4-24. George Crouch with 2-24 and Schumann 2-11 saw London Colney dismissed for 117 leaving Ickleford 34 run winners.

The third team also had a good win over Datchworth 3’s. Ickleford batted first and Matt Deacon with 26 added 75 for the first wicket with Sam Giggle who was then joined by Tom Willoughby. They added 91 for the second wicket with some excellent batting. Giggle  and Willoughby each scored 76 as Ickleford made a healthy 218.

A good opening spell by Roy Izzard 1-15 and Richard Peareth 1-35 put Datchworth behind the going rate and Nick Webb 3-28 and Mark Howard 4-46 helped dismiss Datchworth for 166.


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