It was a frustrating day for Dacorum’s cricket teams on Saturday as rain stopped play – but Sunday produced plenty of drama to make up for it.
Wheathampstead Sunday 1st XI were crowned champions of the Herts and Beds National Village Cup competition as they took ended Langleybury’s hopes of playing at Lord’s.
With the prospect of a place in the National Rounds up for grabs, Langleybury won the toss and elected to bat – reaching 190 for 6 off their 40 overs.
It was Wheathampstead who were celebrating at the end of the match, though, as they got the job done with four wickets to spare.
The fourth team suffered a defeat at Baldock II in the only Saturday match involving a Hemel Town team that wasn’t abandoned due to rain.
Batting first, Hemel put together 186-8 with skipper Steve Smith scoring 62 and newcomer Tyron Goose adding 41.
Despite the decent total, Baldock took just 33 overs to see off the runs for the loss of three wickets. Ben Dumpleton’s 2-32 was the best the Hemel bowlers could offer.
It was better news forHemel Town Sunday I, though, as they made it two wins out of two in the Chess Valley League courtesy of a comprehensive 84-run victory over Cockfosters.
The highlight of the batting was a partnership of 139 runs for the fifth wicket between Josh Graves (122) and Jack Doodson (60 n/o). Anjam Khan led the way with the ball, taking 5-42.
Elsewhere, after their shock defeat against London Maccabis last week, Hemel Sunday II got their season back on track with a solid win over Preston II.
Bowling first, Stan Hayden led the way with 3-15 from eight overs.
In reply, Tony Linfoot scored 49 and Jim Langley wrapped things up with 20 not out.
And the Hemel Town Women recorded a commanding 164-run victory over Hitchin Women after losing the toss and being put into bat.
Following the loss of two early wickets, Louise Pearson steadied the innings and put on 119 before retiring. In reply, Hitchin weren’t able to match Hemel’s run rate and fell well short of the 227-run target.
Chipperfield Clarendon III saw their game with Southgate Compton abandoned due to rain after 38 overs.
After winning the toss, Jon Hillman (71 n/o) set Chipperfield on course for a sizeable total, but the game was called off with the score on 151-4
After a washout on Saturday, Berkhamsted were back in action on Sunday with a four-wicket victory over Black Rose of Highgate.
Chris Debonnaire was the star of the show, hitting 101 in just 17 overs.
Batting first, Black Rose posted a total of 228 for Berko to chase. In reply, Luke Frey put in a decent stand of 35, before 18-year-old Debonnaire took to the fore to lead Berko to victory.
Redbourn I drew with North Mymms II as they finished two wickets short of victory.
Batting first, Gary Sandford (99) fell one run short of a century as Redbourn declared on 199-6.
With 39 overs to chase the total, Redbourn had North Mymms in trouble at 30-3, but they could not quite get the job done and were made to settle for a share of the spoils.
Jon Fleming finished with figures of 4-18 while Dan Darvell snared 3-45.
Redbourn III, meanwhile, picked up a comfortable win on an artificial pitch at Stevenage in wet conditions.
Simon Emmins bagged three wickets to help Redbourn to restrict their hosts to less than 200.
In reply, Redbourn got off to a stuttering start before Joey Jackson made 45 not out to help his side home with 10 overs to spare.
Elsewhere, Redbourn IV lost out to league leaders Old Elizabethans III in a rain-affected match.
Redbourn’s Nino Marino (25) and Jack Blair (20) produced their best batting performances in senior cricket – but lost overs proved crucial.
The home side were left with 14 overs but eventually finished 20 runs short of par.
In reply, Alex Muriss, Blair and debutante Oscar Coscaden snared two wickets apiece, but Old Elizabethans ran out winners by three wickets.
Leverstock Green are hoping for a big crowd at their Readers Herts County Cup last-16 clash with Langleybury at Hunton Bridge on Sunday.
Having beaten Watford Town in the first round of the competition, Levy are now looking to book a place in the quarter-finals with a win against their Division One neighbours. The game gets under way at 1pm.