Cricket round-up: Including another draw for the Kings Langley first XI

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Kings Langley I are still searching for their first league win after being held to another draw in Division One, this time by Botany Bay.

Kings scored a modest 201 all out with good contributions from Tom Sambrook (39), Mark Brazier (36), Duncan Fleming (28) and Ricky Mohamed (27). Bay’s J Coleman took 5-70.

In reply, Bay were reduced to 9-2 but opener H Blackwell scored 79 before being run out.

They then lost three quick wickets and were content to play out for a draw and finished on 170-7.

Matt Wells claimed 3-36 and there was a wicket each for Brazier, Mohamed and Andrew Burnell.

Kings Langley II saw their clash with Totteridge Millhillians III cancelled due to rain, but Kings Langley III moved up to third place in Division Nine courtesy of a five-wicket win over Boxmoor II.

Boxmoor decided to bat first and were bowled out for 151 with Shikern Panchanadeeswaran taking 4-50, ably assisted by David Burnell (3-41), Luke O’Dell (2-17) and Mark Tasker (1-17).

Sifan Naeem scored a brisk 38 in reply for Kings and Logan Turner was undefeated with 45 as Kings cruised to victory.

In Division 12 West, Kings Langley IV lost to Frogmore II by three wickets.

Kings were asked to bat first and scored a disappointing 131-9 in a rain-affected match.

Frogmore’s Liam Dalziel took all of the Kings wickets and had the last man dropped as he finished with figures of 20 overs, 2 maidens, 9-63.

Frogmore were in trouble at 47-7 but Dalziel came to the wicket and proceeded to plunder 67 n/o to steer his side to an unlikely win. Tony Thompson took 4-38 for Kings and Billy Stephenson took 3-39.

> Heath Park Cup

There are only a couple of weeks to go until the Dacorum 20-over champions are crowned at the Adex-sponsored Heath Park Cup final.

Weather permitting, the final will take place on Friday, July 11 at Hemel Hempstead Town CC’s Heath Park ground.

The top half of draw sees Kings Langley playing Northchurch in one semi-final after Northchurch beat Langleybury in the quarters with the scores level but having lost fewer wickets.

Hemel are playing at Met Police Bushey in their quarter-final, with the winners at home to Leverstock Green A on Monday or Tuesday.

> Hemel Town

Hemel Town I were held to a draw by Letchworth Garden City I in the Herts League Premier Division in a rain-affected clash.

Hemel, having been put in, were always in the driving seat, particularly with openers Brett Penny (69) and Hem Ilangaratne (58) putting on a century opening stand.

Quick runs were always the shout as Hemel looked to take what advantage they could from their 43 overs.

It proved to be a great day for first XI debutante Faisal Iqbal who bowled a long spell of 17 overs and returned with figures of 5-51.

It was not enough to secure the win but Hemel finished on top as Letchworth held out for the draw.

Hemel Town II and Welwyn Garden City were involved in another rain-hit game, with both sides having their available overs reduced in Division Two.

Hemel were put in by Welwyn, struggled a bit as they were 92-6 after 24 overs, but pulled things around with 40 from Matt Petchell and 30 from Duncan Howard.

WGC openers Monan (53) and Hill (56) put on 101 for the first wicket in the chase.

They then lost their way a bit but managed to get home by four wickets, despite 4-31 from Matt Dale.

Hemel Town IV were involved in a strange drawn game in which Langleybury III did not appear to go for the win that would have bolstered their Division Eight promotion hopes.

Langleybury won the toss and put Hemel in, but resistance was shown with 52 from Dave Jenkins, 37 from Steve Smith and 24 from Chris Nuttall.

Langleybury’s innings was then built around 76 from Roe and, although they only lost six wickets and got to within eight runs of victory, they never made the final push.

A couple of wickets each for Dave Jenkins (2-13) and Richard Morton (2-49) helped the Hemel cause.

Elsewhere, winning the toss and keeping Division 11 East’s bottom side down to 158 -8 should have been a recipe for Hemel Town V to wrap up a win over previously winless Langleybury IV.

That was not the case, though, as despite Trevor Radcliffe turning his arm over for 5-61 from 17 overs, Langleybury had three run scorers in openers Alex McLachlan (39), Paul Crawley (45) and Scott Dormody (54 n/o).

Nobody else made it to double figures, but Hemel’s batsmen were worse with only Chris Wright (13), Mike Samuels (20) and Rishi Shah (10) making ten or more as they were dismissed for 84.

With Hemel Town Sunday II’s Chess Valley League game cancelled after Chorleywood II dropped out of the league, a quick replacement was called up in the form of Preston’s Sunday XI.

A 40-over game was decided, Hemel won the toss and batted first.

Josh Graves smashed his way to 123 including 12 fours and seven sixes.

Supporting knocks from Steve Smith (41), Will Langley (36 n/o) and Matt Dale (27) saw Hemel climb to 303-7 in their 40 overs.

It was a tough mountain for Preston to climb, particularly with Hemel’s bowlers in fine form. Adam Moulster took 3-17 in his 8 overs, while Brad Finch netted 2-36 and all the rest picked up a wicket apiece to dismiss Preston for 143.

> Leverstock Green

For the third successive week, 120 points were recorded by Leverstock Green’s four Herts League teams.

Victory for Dave Tyson’s first XI was the most exciting of the 30 points earned – coming with just one ball to spare at the end of a rain-reduced thriller at St Margaretsbury.

The hosts, one point ahead of Levy at the top of Division Two before play, elected to bat on an unpredictable surface with a reduced overs allotment.

After a whirlwind start, Green left-arm paceman Sam Mazurek stemmed the flow of runs with tight bowling and eventually took 3-51 from a marathon 16-over spell.

Bury’s 158-6 looked plenty enough with only 34 overs to reach the target.

However, despite a modest start, a series of useful partnerships involving Lewis Koch (46), David Coulshed (43), Kris Jadeja (28) and skipper Dave Tyson set up a grandstand final over.

With 13 required, Nick Merrett hit a six off ball number two before being bowled. It left number nine Mazurek to stride to the crease and spark wild celebrations when he hit a four and then two more from the match’s penultimate delivery.

Second hosted third in Division Five at Bedmond Road but it was a no-contest in reality as Leverstock Green II steamrollered Flitwick II.

Bowling first once again, Levy seamer Imran Iqbal charged up the slope to remove Flitwick’s top five batsmen.

Backed up by three wickets from captain Dayle Littlejohn and two from bowling partner Sam Roberts, Green were left to chase just 63.

Iqbal took up the challenge with the bat as well, striking 28 in quick time – a score matched by fellow opener Ash Ali as the home team moved to second in the table after reaching the target for the loss of three wickets.

Leverstock Green III were in similarly dominant mood at Knebworth Park IV. The hosts made only 124-9 from their rain-reduced 40 overs, with vice-captain Brett Baney (4-48) and Greg Coulshed (3-24) the pick of the bowlers.

In reply, teenager Connor Church struck an unbeaten 58 on his seasonal debut, and with Stuart Evans (36 n/o) in support, Green got home for the loss of only victorious skipper Gareth Tucker.

Datchworth III were hosted at Parmiter’s School for a friendly after Leverstock Green IV once again received the benefit of a Division 12 West pre-weekend concession.

David Wilson’s 35 and 30 from Charlie Cooke were the batting highlights as Green racked up 146-8 in a 35-over match against their Division 12 East visitors.

Wickets were shared around during Datchworth’s failed chase.

Cooke took three and Wilson two, while there were also a brace of dismissals for Dave Cardy and Josh Andre as the visitors ended 119 all out.

> Abbots Langley

Abbots Langley Sunday I’s Chess Valley fixture ended in a convincing victory over Chingford.

Chingford were bowled out for a modest 101 in 26 overs with Dan Roche (4-29) and Ibby Usman (3-26) being the main wicket takers.

Abbots had little trouble in knocking off the runs with Ben Balmforth (52 n/o) and Peter Metcalfe in excellent form.

Abbots Langley II beat Northwood II in a rain reduced league game on Saturday.

Batting first, Northwood got off to a quick start and at 122-3 with plenty of overs to come, Abbots look they would be chasing a big total.

But young U15 county spinner Lewis Hodgins had other ideas, with a fantastic spell of bowling, as he ran through the rest of the batting to finish with a personal best of 7-28.

Andrew Rueth assisted with 2-14 as Northwood collapsed to 138 all out.

Abbots’ innings didn’t start off too well, losing four wickets for 65, but Jonny Battams (35) and Nikil Hirani (33 n/o) steadied the side and took them to a deserved win.

Abbots Langley III crashed to a humiliating defeat at Hatfield Crusaders by 129 runs.

Midway through the Crusaders innings, Abbots were cruising to what seemed like a win.

Paresh Solanki (3-23) and Bob Russell (2-40) had Crusaders tottering at 110-7, but they eventually ended up on an imposing 200-9.

In reply, Abbots were never in the hunt with only Richard Merritt (19) and Solanki (10) getting to double figures as they were rolled over for 71.

Abbots Langley IV slumped to disappointing defeat against Chorleywood IV by nine wickets.

Matt Longworth (21) and Chris Wilcox (27) were the only batsmen to get double figures, as Abbots were shot out for a meagre 96.

Chorleywood had little difficulty in getting the required runs as they cruised to victory.