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1st July 2012
Northwood Town’s dreadful batting form came back to haunt them as they suffered a pitiful defeat at home to lowly St Albans.
Winning the toss, Skipper David Bushnell elected to bat and whilst the top three of Jim Cotton (15),Raj Ahluwalia (11) and Akshay Loomba (16) started cautiously enough, the rest of the team failed to command the sticky wicket.
Craig Newman (12) will feel harshly done by with his lbw but there was little excuse for the rest as the hosts collapsed to 77 all out in 30 overs.
It would need a mammouth effort from Town if they were to get anything out of the game.
Dom Whyley (3-24) pulled some pride back but the task was always going to be too much and the visitors eased home for the loss of four wickets.
Bushnell admitted a 'shake up' might be needed - and with the 2nd X1 chasing 230, there is sure to be some selection discussions this week. Northwood Town 2nd team moved into third spot after Andy Burt scored a magnificent maiden century in a thrilling run chase against Broxbourne.
Fielding first, Town started well with Adam Hills (2-43) and Neal Furmenger restricting the hosts to just 60-2 after 23 overs.
Indeed tight bowling and fielding looked to have workedwell for Town as Broxbourne struggled to 118-3 after 40 overs.
However a disappointing last 13 overs saw the hosts crash 113 and post a daunting 230-6.
Town began their innings positively as they reached 40 without loss, but it was to be Andy Burt and skipper Ravi Ramawat who really set the base for victory as they carved out a superb 3rd wicket partnership of 128 with Ramawat posting 62 before being dismissed.
Rishi Adatia (17) and Pradip Pandey (13*) joined Burt to see Town home with relative ease.
Burt had been the true star for Town hitting his maiden ton with a faultless 106 not out, including fourteen fours. Town can now really start believing in a promotion campaign.
Northwood Town 3rd team recorded an excellent eight wicket victory over Ickleford and find themselves in second spot in the league.
Minesh Vadgama (5-28), Mitesh Parmar (3-13) and Sumeet Khetia (2-15) took the wickets as the hosts struggled to just 89 all out.
In reply, Sandip Thakrar (28) and Khetia (35*) eased Town home for the loss of just two wickets.