Hampstead CC secured another 18 points following a positive performance at Hemel Hempstead on Sunday, taking control of the second innings with the ball.
The tourists were put into bat on a green wicket and totalled 116 off their 30 overs with only one wicket in hand.
Skipper Lucy Horitz top scored on 40 not out, with a 38 run partnership with Jenny Heppell (17). A few mix-ups as well as excellent catches saw some early returns to the clubhouse, but Hampstead’s tail wagged, with the lower order all making useful contributions.
It was in the field that Hampstead excelled, with one of the best fielding and bowling displays of the season.
Opening bowlers Jenny Heppell (2/2 off 6) and Jess Black (1/11 off 6) stopped Hemel from leaving their starting blocks, and at the fall of the first wicket in the third over the score was 5/1.
The pressure intensified as the rest of Hampstead’s bowling arsenal was unveiled. Fast bowler Ange Bonora (1/4 off 6) and Emma Edwards (1/20 off 6) helped the wickets fall, and Ruth Charles (2/21 off 6) took two wickets with precision and focus.
With 10 overs to go, Hemel needed 74 runs to win but they never looked likely and finished well short of the total.
Hampstead’s fielders supported the bowlers well with solid performances from all.
“I’m so pleased with today’s result. We never allowed Hemel to get a foothold in their innings. The whole team were inspirational today.”, said captain Horitz.