Eight Ash Green 200-8
Eight Ash Green won
by 71 runs
NOWTON, missing three key players but still boasting a strong team, travelled for a top-of-the-table clash knowing the winners would strengthen their position as title favourites.
Stand-in captain Laron Kretzmann won the toss and put Eight Ash Green into bat, which was proving to be the right decision when Nowton had Eight Ash Green 66-4.
Andy Ward got the early breakthroughs with some fine bowling from the one end and young Dan Hill bagged a wicket from the other.
Ward continued to chip away with figures of 15-0-62-3 and Keaton Howes came on for a good spell of 14 overs with figures of 14-0-47-3, including the big wicket of Shearman. A bit of resistance from the Eight Ash Green lower order got them up to 200-8.
Nowton lost Stuart Danson early on, which brought Kretzmann and Howes together, who built a promising partnership until Howes was superbly caught at mid-on for 19.
This subjected the frail Nowton middle order to some fine seam bowling from the Eight Ash Green Kiwi pro, Shearman.
Kretzmann fell with Nowton’s top score of 36 before Nowton lost wickets consistently and could not keep on top of the run rate.
There was some clean hitting from the bottom order when Rob Hudson-Hill and Ward gave a glimmer of hope but, ultimately, all was lost in the middle order collapse.
Nowton were bowled out for 129 with Dan Hill’s unfortunate wicket, a run out when backing up without facing a ball, summing up the day for the visitors.
HUNTS COUNTY BATS
Nowton II 103
Horringer won by 89 runs
A POOR performance against a strengthened Horringer saw Nowton II also slip to defeat.
Batting first, Horringer lost three early wickets to some fine pace bowling from Ward and Josh Curtis.
However, after a short rain break, the home side began to recover.
Knowing that conventional shots would not reach the boundary because of the slow outfield, they profited from a series of leg side aeriel lofts which evaded the field, eventually posting 192-8 with Jakeman making 80.
Nowton lost two early wickets and were never up with the rate. Ben Toulson made a fine 32 before being run out and Jack Ridgeon posted 25.
However, the tail collapsed against the spin of Vivek, and Horringer won comfortably
Nowton Academy 119
Acton II 46
won by 73 runs
NOWTON Academy are second in the table following this fine victory. Dan Hill was the mainstay of the Nowton innings with a fine 49.
When it was Acton’s turn to bat, Shaun Dunnett ran through the innings with 7-13 from nine overs - his second seven-wicket haul of the season - aided by some fine fielding and great glovework from Nick Garrod.