4th’s v Harpenden – 50 for Macca but fall short
Despite Preston 4s bowling the opposition out for only the second time this season and posting their highest total of the season, it wasn’t enough to see off a Harpenden side that reached 231 all out from 36 overs.
Highlights in the bowling department were a fine 8-0-43-3 from Tom Maxwell and 5-1-39-4 for David Ogden who recovered well from a wayward opening over. Both bowlers were on hat tricks at one stage, with Oggy having his hat trick in the palm of hands as the Harp no.9 lobbed a straightforward caught and bowled chance back to him. Alas, the ball slipped through Oggy’s hands and rolled down his arms to the floor, onto which he then slumped in despair. Next time Oggy.
With Biggs (9) departing early, Saunders and Kay (13) steadied the Preston innings, bringing up 50 in the 16th over. Saunders (63) and man of the match Maxwell (53) then set about the Harpenden bowlers however, with six fielders on the boundary, momentum couldn’t be maintained as wickets began to fall. Ogden (22) provided some impetus late on but Preston couldn’t match the earlier firepower of Harpenden and ended at 187-6 from 40 overs.
At the halfway stage Preston are in the drop zone, however with a slight change of fortune and a few more catches held, a win or two is well within reach.