A young Hertfordshire team defeated a strong Bedfordshire outfit by 18 runs at Flitwick on Friday in an exciting T20 county shootout.
Having lost the toss, Herts were inserted and 17-year-old Joe Cooke and Eddie Ballard delivered a century partnership in just over 10 overs.
The pitch was in top condition and the outfield fast but both Cooke and Ballard played some excellent shots and ensured the Bedfordshire bowlers were constantly under pressure.
Cooke was eventually caught after reaching a well deserved half-century and that started a collapse which saw the entire Herts line-up skittled for just 156.
It was a mixture of naive batting and over excitement, particularly when Ballard was dismissed.
In the field, though, the Herts bowlers were excellent. George Scott, Simon White and Scott Galloway were very good but the two standout bowlers were James Southgate – the eventual Man on the Match whose figures were 4-1-2-7 – and leg spinner Prith Sarvaiya who had two catches dropped off his excellent four overs.
If the Herts catching had been as good as the superb ground fielding the match would have been won by many more than the eventual 18-run margin.
Their victory was the start of a good weekend for Herts, who also took part in the Lord’s Bicentenary Match against MCC at the home of cricket on Sunday. MCC won by seven wickets.