Firsts promoted!

Match reports from last week and Saturday 25th August 2018

Preston v Berkhamsted, SHCL Div 2A

Preston secured the 30 points they needed to gain promotion to Division 1 thanks to a superb 95 run victory against Berkhamsted, a result which sees them move divisions for the first time in 19 years.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first Preston found going difficult all afternoon as the torrential rain the previous day …

Firsts slip, but Twos renaissance continues

Match reports for Sat 11th Aug 2018.

Preston 1st XI v St Albans, SHCL Div 2A

On a week when the rain finally fell, Preston 1st XI made the short drive across to St Albans to be hosted at Clarence Park. A green tinged pitch with some dampness around meant Preston flirted with the idea of bowling first. However Max and the side stuck to their guns and what had proved …

Twin centuries for Lewis Balcombe and a first club 100 for Swampy

Preston’s Australian star Lewis Balcombe achieved the rare feat of twin centuries at the weekend, making 114 in the Herts league on Saturday and 100 not out in the Beds league on Sunday. With Iain Purton making his first ton for the club in the Sunday twos, it was mostly a great weekend for the club….

Preston 1st XI v Bishops Stortford 2nd XI, SHCL Div 2A

A thoroughly commanding performance from …

1sts march on, and welcome wins for the 2s and 4s

Match reports for Sat 28th July 2018

Preston 1st XI v Northwood, SHCL Div 2A

Preston continued on their winning way and remain top of Saracens Herts League Div 2A thanks to a comfortable 73 run victory over Northwood.

After losing the toss Preston were surprised to be asked to bat first on a green but hard wicket that offered Northwood’s opening bowlers some sideways movement. The early loss of James Stevens saw …

  • Posted: 27th Jul 2018
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1sts keep top spot with excellent performance

Match reports for Sat 21st July 2018

Preston v Abbots Langley, SHCL Div 2A

Preston hosted Abbots Langley having already won their first encounter in an exciting, tight game in the first half of the season.

The sun was again beating down as the UK’s heatwave continues unabated; this was an important toss for both sides. Preston’s Anderson had no hesitation in electing to bat on the winning call.

The Preston innings got …

  • Posted: 26th Jul 2018
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4’s v Tewin

The team traveled to Tewin in search of a much needed win with the threat of relegation  beginning to loom. Biggs (19) and Maxwell (39) batted patiently against the opening attack and were set to reap the rewards of the bowling changes when Biggs had to retire injured after one quick single too many. Maxwell, Ponder (6) and Saunders (21) all fell to young off spinner Cullen but Hearne (36) …

  • Posted: 25th Jul 2018
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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 …

  • Posted: 25th Jul 2018
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4ths v Ware

The 4th team hosted Ware at Whitwell with both sides looking for a much needed win. Skipper Dave Saunders, confident in his stonger than usual batting and bowling lineup, put the opposition in on a parched Whitwell track, struggling in the on-going drought conditions.

Ware had no problems though as the openers put on 55 for the first wicket, Joe Clark (5-0-30-1) making the breakthrough, bowling Compton for 30. …

  • Posted: 25th Jul 2018
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Alex Williamson’s Maiden 50!!

Debut 50 for Alex!

With the first team in action at Cople there was a rare outing for the Sunday 2’s at home to Kings Cross Hookers, a travelling side made up of East Coast railwaymen. Fortunately they opted to drive and arrived on time to win the toss and bat first.

Sporting four Biggs’ in the team, Keith displayed his Devon over 50’s credentials with a mix of controlled pace and …

1sts back to winning ways, and Kayos is King for a day

Match reports for Sat 7th and Sunday 8th July 2018.

Preston 1st XI v Totteridge Millhillians 2nd XI, SHCL Div 2A

Preston got straight back to winning ways thanks to a thumping 9 wicket victory over Totteridge Millhillians 2’s in Herts Division 2A.

Not surprisingly Preston were asked to bowl first on another scorching day, and with a good batting surface and a lightning quick outfield they made an excellent start reducing the …