Harpenden CC Firsts had to settle for a draw in a weather interrupted game against Hertford CC Firsts in the Premier Division on Saturday.

Hosts Hertford won the toss and chose to put Harpenden in, though that looked to be the wrong decision as the visitors racked up a strong total of 306-7 from 56 overs.

The foundations were laid by opener Gregg Cooper’s knock of 68 before he was out bowled by Jon Ryan. Strong middle order play though by James Latham (61) and an unbeaten 62 from Scott Galloway helped Harpenden past 300.

Richard Leather was the stand-out man for Hertford, claiming a terrific 5-57 from his 14 overs, but strong partnerships throughout the innings looked to have built a mean looking total for the visitors.

Hertford scraped to a draw in reply, finishing precariously placed on 185-8 as Harpenden were left frustrated by the elements.

A knock of 32 by opener William Ray looked to have gotten Hertford off to the ideal start but quick wickets soon left them in deep trouble at 96-7, with Ben Frazer claiming 4-45.

Robert Slater (28) and an unbeaten half century from Adam Carlson (58) proved decisive in preventing Harpenden from claiming the win.

And when Slater fell to leave the score 165-8, Carlson played the role as anchorman to reach his 50 and salvage the game in the process.