Cricket round-up: Including another impressive win for the Kings Langley juniors

The Kings Langley CC U13s will represent Hertfordshire in the national finals
The Kings Langley CC U13s will represent Hertfordshire in the national finals

Kings Langley CC U13 will represent Hertfordshire in the national finals after an excellent victory against Hertford in a 20-over clash.

Electing to bat first, Kings openers David Burnell and George Langston got their side off to a flyer with a wonderful display of attacking shots.

Both players cruised past their 30 retired mark, leaving Kings in a strong position of 70-0 at the halfway stage.

The next few overs were a little more sedate as the new batters established themselves, but Samuel Hutchings and Scott Rolfe unleashed a late assault to both retire past 30 as Kings ended on 141-2.

After a half-time team talk, the Langley boys bowled and fielded with maturity.

They quickly worked out that Hertford had one strong batter and cunningly allowed him singles early in an over which frustrated him and ensured he had no momentum.

The bowling was full and straight and the fielding from Kings’ players was first class.

Hertford were never really in the chase and they finished on 94-7 as Kings celebrated a deserved victory.

Meanwhile, Kings Langley I had to settle for a draw against Shenley in Herts League Division One after scoring an impressive 260-7 when being asked to bat first.

Ricky Mohamed top scored with 77 and other contributions came from Tom Sambrook (43), Brad Hughes (38 n/o), Mark Brazier (32) and Duncan Fleming (21).

Shenley were then reduced to 98-6 but a 67-run partnership for the seventh wicket saw them fight back to 202-8 at the close of play.

Mohamed completed a good all round display by taking 3-15, while Brazier took 3-57 and Ben Joyce snared 2-41.

In Division Six, Kings Langley II suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Clifton.

After winning the toss and batting first, Kings could only manage to score 155 all out in the 52nd over. Tony Morton top scored with 45 and Shandy Ratnakuran hit 23.

The total was never going to be enough and Clifton reached their target in 31st over. Duane Smith and Josh Oldham took two wickets each and Richard Whitlock claimed the other.

Kings Langley III slipped to a three-wicket defeat against bogey side Frogmore in Division Nine.

Kings were bowled out for 163 in the 53rd over as Kevin Rolfe scored most of their runs, finishing on 94 not out.

Despite Scott Rolfe claiming 3-44 and Gordon Sambidge 3-51, Frogmore sealed their win in the 44th over.

Bowlers on both sides had a tricky pitch to deal with but it was Watford Town IV who coped best against Kings Langley IV in Division 12 West.

Kings bowled well and had Watford all out for 89 in the 37th over. Josh Lloyd took 5-35 and Billy Stephenson 4-20.

Unfortunately, the Kings batsmen could not come to terms with the pitch and were themselves bowled out for 53 in the 40th over.

> Abbots Langley

Abbots Langley I again had to settle for the winning draw, after dominating most of the game against Northwood.

Batting first, Abbots got off to a quick start with Jack Read in superb form. Blesson Ghoghe was the first to go after a patient 44, but Read was joined by Jim Davies (30), and they reached 145-2 before Read went for a fine 72.

Abbots then pressed the accelerator and raced to 213-7, with Barry Warner chipping in with a quick-fire 30.

In reply, Northwood seemed to be keeping up with the run rate, with Abbots equally in the hunt with Steve Wallis, Warner and Nick Gurney all picking up wickets.

But with their main players dismissed, Northwood shut up shop and played out an uneventful draw.

Abbots Langley II played out a high scoring draw against table toppers Ickleford II.

Batting first, Abbots lost a wicket first ball, but then Jack Bishop and Peter Metcalfe put on 64 for the next wicket.

Metcalfe, who went on to score a superb 96, was joined by Sam Bailey (44), and then Aiden Byrne (32 n/o), which took them to 249-6.

But Ickleford were always in with a chance of victory as the game swung both ways.

However, Herts U15 spinner Lewis Hodgins bowled tightly to take 4-40 and, helped by George Aguis (2-11), Ickleford fell short on 220-8.

Abbots Langley III steamrollered Luton Town and Indians IV by nine wickets.

Bowling first, Anish Kiroya (3-26) and veterans Parish Solanki (3-28) and Bob Russell (2-4) dismissed Luton for a modest 107.

Although Jon Battams was out first ball, Alex Austerberry (38 n/o) and Harry Khan (58 n/o) batted aggressively to take Abbots to an easy victory.

Abbots Langley IV beat Rickmansworth IV by eight wickets, thanks largely to an impressive fielding display.

Abbots bowled Rickmansworth out for 136, with Neil White (3-46), Jerry Graves (3-31) and Mathew Longworth taking the wickets.

When Abbots batted, Longworth continued his good run of form with 40 n/o, ably assisted by Reza Khan (43 n/o) and Dan Knight (28) as they took a comfortable win.

> Leverstock Green

A 120-point haul was recorded by Leverstock Green’s four Herts League teams for the second successive week.

It was the Levy Green 1st XI who produced the most exciting win of the quartet when they chased down local rivals Hemel Town II’s target of 219.

A key seventh-wicket stand between skipper Dave Tyson (41) and Kris Jadeja (38 n/o) tipped the balance in Levy’s favour after Hemel took the wickets of opener Lewis Koch (62) and Tasmanian Marc Simonds (38).

Four byes brought up 221 and 30 points for Tyson’s team after Hemel had earlier won the toss and batted first at Met Police Bushey.

Town opening bat John Pearson struck 65, Matt Potton 34 and Tom Waterton 35 but tight Levy bowling meant the scoreboard was never racing along.

It was left to experienced Duncan Howard to anchor the latter part of the innings with a solid 45 as Hemel reached 219 all out during the 53rd and final over.

The score looked just a few too short – and that was confirmed when Green got home with eight balls and three wickets in hand.

Leverstock Green II’s dominant form continued as they maintained their 100 per cent record by seeing off Wheathampstead II.

Green seamer Imran Iqbal’s 5-65, allied to three wickets for skipper Dayle Littlejohn, had the visitors removed for 138.

In reply, the red-hot form of batsman Ben Parkes continued. He hit 57 and fellow opener Mark Landau notched 32 as Green made light work of the target.

Luke Weston’s 27 not out anchored the latter part of the chase to ensure a six-wicket success.

Ash Ali’s unbeaten 129 was the highlight of Leverstock Green III’s win at home to Hatfield & Crusaders III.

He and fellow opener Graham Evans (36) put on a century stand, leaving 27 from Gareth Tucker and 21 n/o by Rory Fleming to help set a 48-over total of 233-2 dec.

Green needed all but one of the 52 overs to dismiss a stubborn Crusaders side, for whom Ben Bigley hit 111.

Seamers Brett Baney and Steve May took four and three wickets respectively but it fell to off-spinner Matt Lake to make the final break-through, with Tucker taking a close-range winning catch to break Hatfield’s resistance at 184 from 50.2 overs.

Chris Renwick and Greg Coulshed were the stars for Leverstock Green IV – the latter hitting the winning run to secure a single-wicket victory at Shenley Village IV.

After a blistering start with the bat from the hosts, Coulshed (5-65) and Renwick (4-56) reined Shenley’s scoring in to the extent that they amassed only 150 all out.

Solid batting contributions from youngster Josh Andre and Ross Merrett added to Renwick’s 42, however it was skipper Mark Pearson’s 24 not out from number 10 which set up a chance of victory, converted by tail-ender Coulshed with a victorious single.

> Hemel Town

Hemel Town I lost home in the league on Saturday, but bounced back in style by beating Potters Bar away on Sunday to make it to Finals Day of the new Readers Herts 20-20 Cup competition.

Hemel were put in by Potters and a magnificent 71 from 53 balls from Gareth James carried them through to 135-5 from their 20 overs.

Potters started off well in reply with 52 from Rahul Panta and 31 from skipper Len Cooper, but key bowling from James (3-19) and Brad Finch (3-19) saw Hemel through by seven runs.

The previous day, Hemel Town I and North Mymms I had shared a high-scoring game which Hemel ended up on the wrong end of.

Hemel batted first and scored 269-9 in their 60 overs – their highest Herts League score so far this season.

A knock of 73 from Jay O’Nien was the highest score, with 41 from Gareth James, 39 from Brett Penny and 30 from Adam Winchester helping the score along.

Notably, 5-25 from Hamza Qayyum was the best bowling from North Mymms. He also opened the batting and struck 60.

The other opener Jeyaratnam hit 52 and number three Neil Bamford struck 104 at better than a run a ball.

Steve Reader tried hard for Hemel with 4-83, but Mymms won with seven overs to spare.

A win for Watford Town II meant they and Hemel Town III swapped places at fourth and fifth in Division Five.

Bowling Watford out for 181 with 3-14 from Charlie Hoskins and a couple of wickets each for Ed Langley (2-31) and Rory Fraser (2-51) put Hemel in command.

But then they were skittled out for just 94 after Mazaranka turned in 5-21. A score of 24 from skipper Anjam Khan and 22 from Charlie Hoskins were the highest scores for Hemel in the rout.

Rattling off to 103 without loss inside 19 overs, Bovingdon looked well placed to chase down the target of 229 that Hemel IV had set them.

Then they lost their way as Richard Morton with 5-76 and Ben Dumpleton (2-34) pinned them back and skipper Jim Hazleton (22 n/o) and Tony Shand (14 n/o) were forced to bat out 13 overs at the end to save the day.

Earlier for Hemel, openers Dave Jenkins (60) and Scott Radcliffe (43) had put on 92 for their first wicket.

Tyson Goose had scored 48 further down as Hemel amassed 228-8 – a total Bovingdon could not reach as the game ended in a draw.

Old Elizabethans III got their second win of the season to leap above Hemel Town V in Division 11 East.

There were knocks of 51 from Mike Samuels and 30 from Tony Linfoot at the opening of the inning, but no other Hemel batsman was able to score sufficient runs.

In reply, Elizabethans had the time and, despite a marathon 21-over spell from one end by Vinnie Liddar (2-61), they managed to cruise in with 10 balls to spare to win by four wickets.

> Chipperfield Clarendon

Seconds are denied by gutsy Welwyn

A hard fought game in hot conditions saw Chipperfield Clarendon II win the toss and bat at Welwyn Garden City III.

A solid opening partnership was ended with two quick wickets, but Shawn Mepham and Craig Gorham added 109 in 21 overs before Gorham was caught for 33.

Michael Edwards joined Mepham and added 90 quick runs before Mepham was bowled for a brutal 115.

Edwards made 46 and Chipperfield Clarendon declared six overs early on 278-7.

Welwyn made good progress in reply, and kept well up with the run rate.

Chances were missed in the field, but eventually Saj Mahmood got the breakthrough.

The introduction of Mepham brought a mini collapse as Welwyn lost seven wickets for 53 runs in 15 overs, but despite nearly six overs at the final pair, the hosts managed to hang on for a hard earned draw.