Baldock must settle for share of spoils

PUBLISHED: 13:21 16 August 2007 | UPDATED: 15:12 12 May 2010

BALDOCK played Cockfosters seconds on Saturday in a high- scoring draw that gave them 17 points. Having won the toss, Baldock got off to a flying start with opening batsmen James Peacock (45) and Richard Waters (43) putting on 85. The loss of both batsmen

BALDOCK played Cockfosters seconds on Saturday in a high- scoring draw that gave them 17 points.

Having won the toss, Baldock got off to a flying start with opening batsmen James Peacock (45) and Richard Waters (43) putting on 85.

The loss of both batsmen put Baldock on 102-2, however, another 85 run partnership put Baldock on track once more with Andy Payne and Robert Peacock (43) punishing the Cockfosters bowling.

When Peacock left the action, Payne continued, to reach a classy 71 not out, and with the help of Julian Muir, Baldock finished on a very respectable 233-4 off their 53 overs.

Cockfosters came out strongly and immediately looked to the boundaries.

However, Baldock skipper Alistair Jones dismissed Xavier for seven and then Logan Newman had Clune caught for six.

Jones bowled with great control, in a probing spell that left the hosts at 38-3, and when the captain bowled number four, Baldock sensed victory.

But even when they lost a fifth wicket, the hosts patiently kept the scoreboard ticking over, with Morgan, Pidgen, and Aussie Hillier (50) who smashed the ball to all parts of the ground.

Luckily for Baldock, their excellent fielding prevented a Cockfosters comeback, as they fell nine shots short of victory at 225-7 off 47 overs.

IN a tighter game than they had expected, Baldock seconds beat Old Camdenians at Avenue Park.

Batting first, Baldock scored 177-8 in 53 overs, with Letford hitting 31, Nigel Gazely 30, and Ben Diplock 20 not out.

In reply, OC were in trouble early on, as Letford (4-43) and Chris Lewis ran through their top order with ease.

At 90-8, the game looked all but won, however, OC bounced back and almost snatched a win.

Baldock's Lucy (3-23) wrapped up the victory with two late wickets that left the Old Boys all out for 162.

BALDOCK'S Sunday side went down to Houghton Town by 47 runs despite the efforts of Logan Newman.

Houghton batted first, and despite the loss of two early wickets, reached 223-6 off 40 overs, with Faisal and Sandip both making 61.

It would have been a much greater total, if not for Logan Newman's excellent spell with the ball.

In response, Baldock reached 176, with Ranjit Rayat's scoring a spirited 43, and skipper Letford 30.

The impressive Newman also did well with the bat and smashed 33 not out.

However, Houghton proved too strong and ran out convincing winners.

Despite the defeat, Baldock can still avoid relegation, but need two wins from their last two games.


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