SARACENS HERTFORDSHIRE CRICKET LEAGUE – DIVISION FOUR
Northwood Town 251-8
NORTHWOOD Town fell one wicket short of recording their first league victory of the season against Ware.
Town were unlucky not to claim victory, but picked up 19 valuable points after a dominant performance in Hertfordshire.
Put in to bat on a slow wicket, in-form Akshay Loomba (20) looked in good touch again, but a couple of early wickets and a tight spell from the Ware opening bowlers had Town in trouble.
Enter Sangeet Patel. He took the attack to the opposition and changed the game with a sublime innings of 97, which included a number of sumptuous off drives and two huge sixes as the Ware fielders struggled.
Patel was well supported by Kyle Lawrence (25) and Phil Carter (33) who both kept up the momentum by regularly finding the boundary, Carter opening his account by bludgeoning a straight six over the bowler’s head.
Once Patel departed, Mikhil Patel came to the crease and played a delightful cameo of 38 not out which included two sweetly-timed sixes and helped Town post an impressive total of 251 off the allotted 53 overs.
In reply, Ware made little effort in chasing down the runs and settled on a gameplan of trying to frustrate the bowlers.
Mikhil Patel (4-53) bowled particularly well, but the last two batsmen held out for Ware and Town eventually ran out of overs.
Meanwhile, Northwood went one better in Division Two by securing victory and 30 points from their clash with Leverstock Green.
Stuart Reeve and Finton Sugumar both reached half-centuries for the Woods.