Cricket round-up: Including a thumping defeat for the Hemel Town first XI

Brett Baney, Leverstock Green CC
Brett Baney, Leverstock Green CC

Hemel Town I were given a lesson by Harpenden as they were brushed aside in their Herts Premier League clash.

Winning the toss and putting Hemel in to bat, Harpenden were soon amongst the wickets as only valiant resistance from Jay O’Nien (62) was offered against them.

Hemel were bowled out for 141 in 38 overs, and Harps batsman Ben Frazer then decided to finish them off as quickly as possible.

He hit 100 runs from 72 balls and was the first man out with the score on 133. Harpenden took just 24 overs to chase the runs needed as Hemel were crushed.

There was a comfortable win for Hemel Town II against Ickleford as they put them in, saw them off and then tapped off the required runs for four wickets.

Opening bowlers Billy May (3-27) and Duncan Howard (3-38) returned the best bowling figures but it was an all-round performance, with single wickets for Matt Dale, Chris Blunt and Charlie Hoskins.

Hemel’s reply started spectacularly with Suren Perera starting with a 6, two 4s and a dot before being out LBW to the fifth ball of Matt Marsden’s opening over.

Hemel then marched on with 42 from skipper Graham Clark, 27 from Jon Pearson and 26 n/o from Tom Waterton to move up to fourth place in Division Two.

A splendid 101 not out from Tom Elborn set the foundations for a 69-run victory for Hemel Town III over Radlett III in Division Five.

Elborn’s century was head and shoulders above all the other Hemel batsmen, with only skipper Anjam Khan (31) and John Clulow (11) making double figures.

That did not matter, though, as Hemel’s bowling dismissed Radlett. Figures of 4-12 from Khan in 5.3 overs was the best; followed by 2-30 from Adam Moulster and 2-40 from Ed Langley.

Setting Allenburys a competitive total of 216 to win the game, Hemel Town IV were unable to bowl them out, despite using eight bowlers.

Jim Birnie (51) led from number 1, while fellow opener Rahul Wickramsinghe made 34 and number 3 Steve Smith chipped in with 28.

Later in the innings, skipper Ben Dumpleton crashed 45 not out to give Hemel a safe total.

Giving Allenburys three extra overs proved too little of an incentive, as Brian Stephenson dug his heels in and ground out 75 not out to see his side off to the draw.

A spell of 2-20 from Vinnie Liddar was the pick of the figures for Hemel.

A solid last-wicket partnership of an undefeated 25 in seven overs by George Hutchinson (10 n/o) and last man Dan Webb (18 n/o) saved the day for Boxmoor III as they held out for a draw against Hemel Town V.

Batting first, Hemel amassed 239-5 in 43 overs with run machine Mike Samuels scoring 96 to follow his 51 and 106 in the last few weeks.

Nick Benson scored 69 as the pair put on 169 for the second wicket. There were figures of 3-21 for skipper Tony Linfoot and 3-37 for opener Chris Pearson, but Hutchinson and Webb were able to hold out for the draw.

A thrilling Chess Valley League Division One game saw Hemel Town Sunday I just pipped by reigning champions Eastcote I.

Batting first, Hemel were in a bit of trouble at 101-6 after 22 overs before Jay O’Nien (63) and Brad Finch (74) got together to put on 133 for the seventh wicket.

A total of 271-9 ended up being viewed as not a bad score in a 45-over game.

In reply, Hemel skipper Brad Finch used eight bowlers, and 3-38 for himself was the best return, along with 3-50 for Gareth James.

But Eastcote kept battling and the last pair put on 12 in the last three overs to win the game by one wicket.

There was another quickfire call-up from the CCC organisation for a Sunday Second XI fixture against the Roving Reporters.

Winning the toss, Hemel’s U18 star Aaron Wilson (94) and Phil Smith (38) put on 100 for the first wicket.

Hemel ended on 175-5, before the Reporters finished three runs short of victory with eight wickets down.

There were figures of 2-21 for skipper Rory Fraser, 2-28 for fellow opening bowler Charlie Hoskins, and one each for the rest.

> Heath Park Cup

A busy fixture list has forced the Heath Park Cup final to be pushed back to the reserve date of Friday, August 1.

The final was due to take place at Hemel Hempstead Town CC’s Heath Park ground this week (Friday, July 11), but so far only one finalist has been confirmed.

Kings Langley beat their semi-final opponents Northchurch to set up a showdown with either Hemel Town or Levy Green.

Northchurch made 111-6 from their allotted overs, before Kings Langley swept to victory with 112-3.

In the other half of the draw, Hemel beat Met Police in the quarter-finals, setting up a clash with Leverstock in the semis.

Batting first, Hemel racked up a total of 155-7 from their 20 overs, with Jay O’Nien plundering 68.

In reply, Met Police could only manage 109-6, giving Hemel a 46-run victory.

> Kings Langley

Kings Langley I secured their first Herts League Division One win of the season and also moved out of the relegation zone when they defeated Ampthill by 22 runs.

Batting first, Kings reached 169-7 before Mark Brazier (68) and Andrew Burnell (43 n/o) boosted the score to 240 all out. Harry Sambrook had earlier scored afine 78.

In reply, Ampthill were 60-6 and were staring at a heavy defeat before a late order rally got them closer to their target.

They were eventually bowled out for 218 with Burnell claiming 6-45 and Brazier taking 2-45 which completed a top all round display by both players.

Kings Langley II slipped to another disappointing Division Six defeat, this time at the hands of Ickleford II, losing by 37 runs.

Kings restricted their hosts to 163-9, with Radleigh Tant claiming 4-42. There were also two wickets each for Mark Walker, Rob Clark and Josh Oldham.

In reply, Kings lost early wickets and were 105-8 before Richard Whitlock (14) and Oldham (13) gave them some hope, but it was short-lived and they were bowled out for 126.

Opener Tim Piper scored 35, while Tony Morton (23) and Rob Clark (16) were the only other batsmen to get into double figures.

Kings Langley III consolidated third position in Division Nine with a convincing victory over Stevenage IV – winning by 87 runs.

Kings had earlier scored 201-5 off 49 overs with Kevin Rolfe hitting 58 in partnership with his son Scott, who scored 28. Matt Langston scored 53.

Stevenage were then bowled out for 114 in 22 overs with Scott Rolfe taking 2-3.

Kings Langley IV lost to Harpenden by two wickets and are losing contact with the leading teams in Division Twelve West.

Batting first, Kings only managed 118 before being dismissed. Warwick Smith hit 26 and Dave Barton 18.

The bowlers made Harps work hard but victory was achieved in the 37th over. Josh Lloyd took 3-27, Tony Thompson 2-16 and Joe Sambidge 2-25.

> Leverstock Green

Dayle Littlejohn’s Levy Green II side have now won all of their seven Division Five matches by bowling first – but it was a tight squeeze at the end of a low-scoring thriller at Old Cholmeleians.

Sam Roberts bowled 17 overs for just 43 runs as both he and Tom Callingham took five wickets, however it was skipper Littlejohn’s medium-pacers that brought about a premature end to the host’s innings – his 5-23 reducing Cholms to 84 all out.

The modest total looked a long way off with Levy 15-4 on a rain-soaked track, but stiff resistance from Jamie Wallis (24) and Chrishan Casey meant that Littlejohn (22) and Roberts – who hit a match-winning boundary – were able to get Green home with two wickets in hand.

Levy 1s’ Division Two record now reads just one defeat and one draw from eight games – the latter coming on Saturday against a dogged Cockfosters, who won the toss and amassed 153 from their rain-reduced 47 overs.

Brad Klosterman’s 5-38 was the pick of the Green bowling figures, although seamer Adam Thomas deserved more than just two victims from his 17 overs.

It was a patchy batting display from Green in reply. Opener Lewis Koch hit 48 but skipper Dave Tyson’s 28 was the next highest as Levy ran out of time. Docked six overs for a slow bowling rate, Green closed 18 runs short of victory on 135-9.

Levy Green III vice-captain Brett Baney (pictured) has already notched up 30 dismissals in Division Nine, but his 6-40 at home to Cockfosters III came in vain with Levy falling 23 runs short in a low-scoring run chase.

Oli Sawyer supported Baney, returning 3-15 from five overs as the visitors managed 109 all out on a damp Parmiter’s School track.

Five for four was not the way Green had hoped to start their reply, and they were eventually removed for 86 despite solid contributions in the middle order from Matt Lake (17) and Karl Turner (32).

Fourteen points and plenty of runs constituted a good day for Leverstock Green IV at Chorleywood IV in Division Twelve West.

Six middle-order contributions in the 20s from Green, the highest of which – Wasim Saleem’s 28 – saw Mark Pearson’s side post a respectable 185-9 from their 47 overs.

Simon Dare’s unbeaten 98 won the game for Wood, who lost four wickets – two of which to Green swing bowler Dave Cardy – in chasing down Levy’s target.

> Abbots Langley

Abbots Langley I finally got a win under their belts by beating St Albans West Indians by four wickets.

Winning the toss again and electing to field first, Abbots were in total control, sending their opponents reeling to 80-7 with skipper Matt Dunstone (3-43) and Steve Wallis (2-23) bowling particularly well.

However, a solid eighth wicket partnership rallied St Albans WI to a competitive 150 a/o, on a difficult pitch. Nick Gurney (3-25) polished off the tail.

Abbots got off to a flyer in reply, with Peter Metcalfe (25), and Ben Balmforth (41), hitting 50 for the first wicket.

Four quick wickets then put Abbots on the back foot, but Aussie Jimmy Davies (49), and a patient 19 n/o from Barry Warner,took Abbots to a well earned victory.

Abbots Langley II fought out a dour draw against Old Haberdashers who belied their lowly league position.

Old Habs batted first and ran up 219-5 with Lewis Hodgins again the most successful bowler with 3-73.

Abbots then lost wickets regularly, Dave Carlisle (24), Will Graves (25), and Jonny Battams (22), being the main run scores as Abbots struggled to 140-8 in reply.

Abbots Langley III crashed to a disappointing defeat, in a game they should have won comfortably, against Knebworth Park IV.

Bowling first, Neil White (6-62) took centre stage on a bowler-friendly wicket, while Bob Russell chipped in with 2-15 as Knebworth stumbled to 125.

Abbots thought they were on the way to an easy win when Reza Khan (26), and Tom Ruxton Jnr (16), put on 50 for the first wicket.

However the wheels came off, as Knebworth ran through the rest of the batting to bowl Abbots out for 108.