HARTFORD notched a closely-fought victory at Radbroke Hall. With it being the hottest day of the year, Radbroke had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss, and Hartford set themselves up for another long stay in the field.
Brian Harkin was magnificent as he bowled all the way through the innings going for a miserly 3-63 from his 24 overs, ensuring that the hosts were not able to maximise their innings which closed on a seemingly below par 188-6.
The absence of last week's centurion Geoff Sharp provoked a change in the visitors' batting order, which seemed to have backfired badly as both openers were dispatched without scoring, but Matt Shinkfield with 44 was still at his aggressive best.
Batsmen got in and got out after doing the hard work again, a regular story this season, and things were looking bleak for Hartford at 102-6. Harkin then joined in-form Martin Hill and they plundered a 70-run partnership before Harkin was out for a quickfire 28. It was enough. Hill saw the game home and went to a brilliant 50 by smashing a four to win the match.