Abbots Langley cruise to Chipperfield win

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ABBOTS Langley I were on scintillating form as they picked up a comfortable seven-run win over Chipperfield Clarendon.

After losing the toss, Abbots bowled very tightly, with openers Blesson Ghoghe and Dhaval Natotam only giving 36 off the first 14 overs.

With 37 overs gone, Chipperfield were plugging away at 100-1, but a collapse saw Abbots take the last nine wickets for just 47 runs.

Barry Warner was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5-55.

In reply, Abbots lost a couple of early wickets to the new ball, but Jack Read and Nick Laws made sure the result was never in doubt - plundering 133 for the third wicket until Read was run out for 74 with the scores level.

Laws ended on 53 not out and it was left to Warner to hit the winning run.

Elsewhere, Abbots Langley II endured a disappointing afternoon as they let victory slip through their grasp by allowing Hertford III to add over 70 runs for the tenth wicket.

Having had the game in the bag at 120-9, Abbots were left to chase a total of 190 as Hertford hung in determinedly to secure a draw.

The third XI, meanwhile, suffered a 57-run defeat at the hands of Little Berkhamsted Sahibis.

After being put in to field, Abbots got off to a good start with four early wickets.

Sahibs regrouped to reach 175-7, and a late flurry got them up to 207-7.

Several missed chances did not help the Abbots cause, although the fielding of Andrew Rueth and Abhi Rajan was full of energy, while John Battams did valiantly behind the stumps for a first effort. Karan Parmar was unlucky not to get his first wicket.

In reply, Parmar and Nick Gurney went relatively early but Paresh Solanki, supported doggedly by Andrew Rueth, got the score up to 74-2.

Three wickets in three balls perked up the Sahibis bowlers, and despite some good efforts by John Battams and Ross Noonan, Abbots were all out for 150 with six overs to spare.

In other action, the fourth XI bounced back from two heavy defeats to secure a well-earned draw with Hatfield III.

Reza Khan hit 71 not out, while there was good support from Lee Rossiter (32) and Sam Bailey (36).

Chetan Borkhatria opened with 27 runs, and a useful cameo from Gary Hampson at the end saw Abbots to 235-6 declared from 44 overs.

That gave Abbots a chance of grabbing a much-needed win, but Hatfield stayed firm to ensure the game ended all-square.

On Sunday, Abbots picked up an impressive 95-run win over Preston.

Langley posted a total of 225 from their 50 overs, before bowling the hosts out in less than 40 overs.

Dhaval Narotam bowled his second excellent spell of the weekend to record 3-30, while George Agius showed how well he is maturing as a bowler and took 3-31.

Fiery Mehta took 2-12 off his ten overs, including five maidens, and Andrew Rueth picked up the other two wickets.