Hertfordshire v Cornwall Trophy (4)

NCCA Trophy Group 2  Table       Scorecard

North Mymms:- Hertfordshire 271 (T Sikander 72, J Latham 39, A Neal 32, J Plom 31; EAF Whiteford 3-64),

Cornwall 153 (TG Sturgess 75; J Plomb 5-33).

Hertfordshire (2) beat Cornwall by 118 runs.


Tommy Sturgess returns after injury and Kian Roberts is recalled.

They replace James Turpin and Tom Sharp from the team that beat Bedfordshire

Late Team News 

Kian Roberts and Xavier Clarke both withdrew on Saturday evening.

Former Cornwall Schools player Callum Donnelly (St Just & Paul) is currently based in London and playing in the Middlesex Premier League for Teddington.

Being 'local' he agreed to carry out 12th man duties  but will now make his full Cornwall debut.

Truro's Charlie Kent made the 270 mile trip to North Mymms leaving at 4am on Sunday morning to make up the eleven.


Paul Bolton's NCCA Report

Hertfordshire finished top of Group Two and will now host Wiltshire, the Group Four runners-up, next Sunday. 

Tanveer Sikandar’s 66-ball 72 and useful lower-order runs from Plom (31) and Andrew Neal (32) built on opener Hasan Azad’s 49 to lift Hertfordshire to 271. 

Plom then had Dan Jenkin LBW to the second ball of Cornwall’s innings then accounted for Charlie Kent, Alex Bone and Will MacVicar in the space of three balls. 

Plom took his fifth wicket when he had Adam Hodgson LBW and although Tommy Sturgess did his best to boost Cornwall’s run rate with 75 not out from 52 ball, they were dismissed with more than half of their overs unused. 

Berkshire kept alive their dream of winning the National Counties Trophy for a fourth successive season by solving a complicated equation to secure qualification for next Sunday’s quarter-finals. 

Berkshire needed three things to go their way if they were to avoid missing out on the last eight for the first time since 2016. Firstly, they had to beat Bedfordshire at Southill Park, then they had to rely on Hertfordshire doing them a favour by beating Cornwall at North Mymms and, if both of those results happened, they also needed a significant swing in net run rate to oust Cornwall. 

A clinical five wickets victory over Bedfordshire with 27 overs to spare ticked the first box but Berkshire then had to monitor events 35 miles down the A1 where former Hertfordshire’s Essex seamer Jack Plom took five wickets to send Cornwall to an 118 runs defeat. 

That left Berkshire and Cornwall level on five points but Berkshire’s win was so emphatic that it allowed them to turn their net run rate, which was -0.02 at the start of play, into +0.78 while Cornwall’s dropped from 0.55 to 0.44. 

Berkshire now face a trip to Dorset, the winners of Group Four, in the quarter-finals.