Adshead fires Herefordshire
Steve Adshead’s century helped Herefordshire chase down a mammoth 291 to get their MCCA Trophy campaign off to the best possible start with a four-wicket win over Hertfordshire at Welwyn Garden City.
After coming in at six for one, in response to Hertfordshire’s 290 all out, wicketkeepeer-batsman Adshead plundered 15 fours and two sixes in an innings of 103 to put his side on course for victory.
Herefordshire, who recorded a crushing 256-run triumph when the teams met at Colwall last year, still needed 83 more runs when Adshead was dismissed by Ben Frazer but Ted Baylis, who had earlier picked up 3-44, blasted 49 from 43 deliveries to see them home.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Hertfordshire openers Jamie Hewitt and Eddie Ballard punished wayward bowling and put on 90 for the first wicket inside 15 overs.
However, Hewitt’s score of 73 from 65 balls was their highest score, despite knocks of 46 and 44 from MCC Young Cricketer Daniel Blacktopp and captain Andy Lewis respectively.
The introduction of spinners Charlie Griffiths and Brad Wadlan slowed them down and Faisal Shahid and Baylis mopped up the tail, with the former finishing as the pick of the bowlers by taking 4-66.
Herefordshire’s reply got off to the worst possible start as openers Brad Wadlan and Craig Wood were dismissed cheaply, but Adshead steadied the ship and was aided by contributions from Dave Exall and Faisal Shahid.
Shahid and Adshead were dismissed in quick succession but a county record seventh-wicket unbeaten partnership of 83 between debutants Nick Powell and Ed Baylis in just over 13 overs helped them ultimately ease to victory with 12 balls to spare.
Powell was the more passive of the two, with 32 from 40 deliveries, which allowed Baylis to take the attack to the Hertfordshire bowlers and he ended the contest with a massive six into the joyous Herefordshire players in front of the pavilion.