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Village return to winning ways with victory over Welwyn Garden City Seconds in Herts Cricket League Division Two
12:00pm Friday 6th September 2013 in Sport
Shenley Village returned to winning ways in Herts Cricket League Division Two as they defeated Welwyn Garden City Seconds by six wickets.
After winning the toss, Shenley elected to bowl and Jonny Lash, Craig Rawlings and Sam Dowsett performed well to restrict Welwyn to 53 for one after 20 overs.
Wickets then began to fall but Tony Skeggs showed some resistance before being bowled by Lash.
With the exception of Chris Stainsby, who finished unbeaten on 19, the tail failed to wag and was swiftly disposed of by Lash who took two wickets from the final over of the innings to leave Welwyn going into tea at 195 for nine.
Lash was the stand-out performer with the ball, ending with six for 66 from 20 overs.
Shenley’s reply was brisk with Charlie Thurston making a quick-fire 22 before he was bowled by Cameron Taylor.
Fellow opener Lloyd Willingham followed him back to the pavilion shortly afterwards, given lbw for 12 to leave the home side at 35 for two.
But there was no cause for concern. Anooj Vadgama, batting at three, played a classic captain’s innings in an untroubled display of fluent and aggressive shotmaking.
He was joined by Morgan Stanley and the pair entertained the spectators and kept the scorers busy in a strong partnership of 128 for the third wicket.
Vadgama was eventually caught after a fine innings of 71 which contained four huge sixes.
Stanley, who hit 13 fours, finally hit one big shot too many and was caught so it was left to Matt Evans (15 not out) to hit the winning runs and seal the win.
Village finish their league season on Saturday with a trip to Cockfosters but they will compete for the Reeders Herts County Trophy on Sunday against Old Elizabethans Thirds.