Reports from around the clubs as the cricket season edges towards its conclusion
Radlett v Hemel Hempstead
In an end of season game against a team which has already been promoted, Hemel Hempstead were distinctly second best. Duncan Howard (3-29), Bretty Penny (3-59) and Nick Hodgins (2-35) kept Radlett to under five an over as they finished on 241 all out, but Hemel’s batting was not up to the chase. Penny (48) and Hem Ilangaratne (30) seemed to have set them on their way but then the order fell apart badly and the final wicket fell at 124.
Hemel Hempstead II v Baldock I
Facing a side which had already been relegated, Hemel Hempstead made heavy weather of recording the club’s only Saturday win on the penultimate weekend of the season. Batting first, the home side were floundering at 12-3 after six overs before Graham Clark (44), Liam Jahn (31) and Dave Mudd (31) helped them scrape to 203. Baldock also struggled and a marathon spell of spin from Bryan Davies who finished on 5-80 earned Hemel a narrow win.
Hemel Hempstead win
Hemel Hempstead III v Old Haberdashers
Mid-table Hemel had little to play for but Old Haberdashers were able to dig their way out of relegation bother with this narrow win. Scott Radcliffe was pick of the Hemel bowlers with 4-26 as Haberdashers posted 152, and in reply Hemel could only reach 146 with opener Aaron Wilson (37), Tom Waterton (33) and Anjam Khan (36) the highest scorers.
Old Haberdashers win
Hemel Hempstead IV v County Hall II
Hemel Hempstead need a win this weekend and results to go their way elsewhere to avoid the drop from Division 8. An opening partnership of 67 from Chris Nuttall (42) and Rahul Wickramsinghe (24) got them off to a good start but the batting fell away and they finished on 144. Matt Bateman’s 3-22 wasn’t enough to halt the County Hall challenge as they strolled home to win by four wickets.
County Hall II win
Hemel Hempstead V v Southgate Adelaide III
Hemel Hempstead posted 214-7 but still lost in the last over in a defeat that sees promotion-chasing Southgate nicely-placed in second as the season comes to a climax. Chris Wright (78) and Tony Linfot (42) led the way for Hemel, Harry Milkins recording 3-41 as the Hemel attack tried in vain to stem the Southgate run surge.
Southgate Adelaide win
Berkhamsted v Northwood Town
Andrew Joyce led the way as Berkhamsted posted an impressive 260-2, scoring 125 before being snared by a stumping. Doug Foster reached 68 and Ollie Chinneck added a useful 38 before Berkhamsted’s declaration. In reply Northwood were dismissed for 230 with Riaz Richards the pick of the Berkhamsted bowlers on 4-73
Kings Langley round-up
Dunstable ended Kings Langley’s outside chance of promotion as with an 82-run win. Kings won the toss and decided to field but were left chasing 236 to win after the division leaders ended their innings on 235-9.
Kings failed to get to grips with the challenge and were bowled out for 153 in the 39th over.
Kings Langley II won their derby game against Boxmoor by 37 runs but had to wait until the penultimate ball for the victory.
Kings scored 236-9 off their 53 overs with Tony Morton scoring 76 and Tim Piper and Dave Houghton both adding 30.
Former Kings player Ross Bargeant took 4-55 for Boxmoor and top-scored for the visitors with 45. A.
Desai was the next highest scorer with 33 as they were eventually dismissed for 199. Duane Smith claimed 3-36, Dave Houghton 3-17 and Tony Morton 2-20.
Kings Langley III recorded a six wicket win over Northwood III but stay in fourth place, one point behind the team in the last promotion place. Northwood won the toss and decided to bat first and scored 153 all out in the 42nd over. Dave Percy and Gordon Sambidge both took four wickets and Mark Walker two.
Kings never looked in trouble as they chased down their target and secured the victory in the 35th over with Sifan Naeem scoring 50, Russell Knights 37 and George Hunt 20.
Kings Langley round-up
Abbots Langley have made a swift return back to Division 2 of the Saracens League, sealing promotion by seeing off Waltham Cross Rosedale by 10 wickets.
They need nine points from the last game to finish their campaign as champions.
Bowling first, Abbots turned the screw from the start, with Waltham Cross slumping to 3-3 and then 60-7.
Aussie star Chris Chellow, arguably the best player in the Division, made early inroads with 2-8, and then a pacy spell from Aiden Bryne (5-25) followed by Ibby Usman (2-20 saw Cross dismissed for a meagre 93.
Abbots showed no mercy when they started their innings. Barry Warner (33 not out) and Chellow (60 not out) may only have scored four off the first over but battered 75 runs to all parts of the ground over the next five overs.
The match ended with a massive six to take Abbots to 98-0 off only 10 overs to complete a perfect end for them and Mat Dunstone in his first season as captain.
Abbots Langley IIs said goodbye to their faint hopes of promotion after another defeat.
Their season has tailed off dramatically – after leading the table in mid season and looking good for a fop four place, a spell of six games without a win has dashed their dreams.
They fielded and bowled well in dismissing Waltham Cross Rosedale IIs for only 116, Andrew Rueth (3-14), Dom Smith (2-14) and Anish Koraya (2-11) doing the damage.
But then Abbots lost their first six wickets for 46 and although George Agius (41) and Koraya (10 not out) tried to steady the ship they were skittled out for a paltry 85.
Abbots Langley IIIs had been unbeaten for seven games,but Waltham Cross Rosedales IIIs ended that run.
Batting first and fielding a team with only three players over 18, the Abbots early batting fell apart and at 62-5 it looked bleak for them.
A patient undefeated innings of 49 from 13-year-old starlet Lewis Hodgins backed up by Clive Winder’s 38 put Abbots back on track and they ended on a respectable 166.
Sadly it was never going to be enough on a good track. Chris Theaker was the pick of the bowlers with 2-40, but Cross passed the total with loss of only four wickets.
Although Abbots Langley IVs had only suffered three defeats in their last 14 games, they were outplayed for most of the afternoon by a strong Waltham Cross IV outfit.
Graham Bell with a belligerent 45 and 32 from Bob Russell saw Abbots to an under par 133, as wickets fell regularly.
Bell starred with ball as well, taking 3-8, but with catches being dropped Cross took only 27 overs to reach their target and a convincing win, to leave Abbots safe in midtable, but with every reason to look forward to successful season next year.