Cricket Reports – 27/28 August
Preston First X1 won a superb local derby with Hitchin CC by 6 wickets. Preston won the toss and elected to field bowling out Hitchin for 168 in 47 overs. Ed Wharton claimed 4/23 and Nivin took home figures of 3/36. Hitchin’s Luke Day top scored for the visitors with 45. Preston opened with Ed Wharton (66) and Phil Simpson carried his bat for a sensible 51 not out with important contributions from Wiggy (22).
Preston Second x1 came unstuck v North Mymms. A very below par 106 from Preston was nowhere near enough and Mymms did it for only 3 down in the 28th over.
Preston Thirds beat Cheshunt Rosedale by 8 wickets with Gurpreet taking 3/17 and restricted Cheshunt to 163/8 in 40 overs. A superb 78 not out from Chris Cole secured the victory, supported by Nick Staddon with 48.
Preston Fourths lost by 6 wickets against a strong Harpenden side. Skinny made 62 with Craig supporting with 30 but the innings fell away soon after at 150. Preston struggled to take wickets and Harpenden got over the line for 152 for the loss of 4 wickets.
On Friday 26th we saw a great day at the Field of Dreams with our Memorial Game for our late friend and Chairman, Paul Constantinidi. A wonderful atmosphere, superb lunch and lashings of fine wines and beers in the sunshine; a perfect way to commemorate the great man. Cricket certainly played second fiddle on the day with two sides made up from members of Paul’s extended family and the club. Some lovely words from Co-Chairs Andy Riant and Mark Waters throughout the day and wonderful to see so many VP’s Life members, friends and club supporters too. There was a very thorough de-briefing in The Red Lion afterwards to conclude a superb day and our great thanks to everyone behind the scenes who made the day so special.