Get your weekly fix of action from the greens of Dacorum in the big cricket round-up

Picture by Mick Young
Picture by Mick Young

Dacorum’s cricket clubs have been fighting for valuable league points with the end of the season only a few weeks away.

Hemel Town

> An undefeated 63-run partnership between Chris Blunt (41 n/o) and Nick Hodgins (32 n/o) saw Hemel I to a four-wicket win over Knebworth Park to keep Hemel in second place in HCPL Division Two East.

On a hot day, the spinners impressed for Hemel and Parth Mehta (4-54) and Nick Hodgins (2-82) helped restrict Knebworth to a total of 194-7.

In response, Brett Penny smashed 51 from 63 balls before Blunt and Hodgins saw Hemel home.

> Hemel Town II steamrollered lowly Watford Town I to make it four wins on the spin.

Bryan Davies bowled all the way through to return figures of 26.4-6-90-6 – his fourth successive five-wicket haul. Watford eventually subsided to 187 all out, before Josh Graves (42), John Pearson (45), Blesson Ghoghe (63 n/o) and Tom Waterton (27 n/o) saw Hemel home to an easy win

> Radlett III leaped one point above Hemel in Division Six courtesy of a crushing win.

Batting first, Radlett scored a massive 222 runs with Ross Chapman (5-61) and Anjam Khan (2-25) the only wicket takers.

In reply, only Scott Radcliffe (43), Rhys Fowler (31) and Charlie Hoskins (26) made double figures as Hemel slumped to defeat.

> A weakened Hemel IV side were brushed aside quite easily by second-placed Mill Hill Village I in Division Eight.

Batting first, Mill Hill dashed to 285-4 in just 40 overs.

In reply, only Steve Smith (33) and Tony Linfoot (27) were able to put up any resistance as Hemel were skittled for just 88 runs.

> Heavy rain denied 10-man Hemel Town V an epic victory against Stevenage V and prevented Graham Wright (94 n/o) from scoring a deserved century.

Stevenage had raced to 242-7 to set Hemel a daunting run chase.

Chris Wright (58) and Graham Wright played excellently, though, to leave Hemel tantalisingly close on 220-5 before the heavens opened and the game was abandoned.

> Teenager Charlie Hoskins was the star man for Hemel Town Sunday II as he smashed 103 not out in a 65-run win over Harrow St Marys II.

Hemel looked in trouble at 72-6, but 16-year-old Hoskins and Jack Doodson (100 n/o) pushed the total up to 266-6.

In reply, the Harrow tail wagged following a poor start, but Hemel held on to take the win.

> Louise Pearson put in a good display with the ball as Hemel Town Women secured an impressive victory over Totteridge Women.

Pearson returned figures of 5-3-4-2 as Totteridge were restricted to 89 all out.

In reply, Hemel reached their target in 22.3 overs.

Kings Langley

> Kings Langley I leapfrogged their opponents in the Division Two table but were left frustrated as Holtwhites Trinibis played out for a draw when they were reduced to 64-4.

Kings had earlier posted a good score of 232-8 in their 53 overs with Tom Sambrook scoring 54, Mark Brazier hitting 47 not out and Les Brown adding 39.

Holtwhites never recovered from their mid-innings collapse and settled for a draw as early as the 20th over.

Brazier took 4-50 and Christian James chipped in with 2-14

> Kings Langley II continued their topsy turvey season, going down by five wickets to Shenley Village II.

Kings won the toss and batted first but could only manage a modest score of 166 all out.

Tim Piper top scored with 61 and only Rich Davis (37) and Tony Morton (24) added any other significant scores.

In reply, Shenley reached their target in the 40th over. Tom Clark managed to claim 3-34.

> Kings Langley III kept their promotion hopes alive with an impressive five-wicket win over fourth-placed Sandridge II. Sandridge won the toss and batted first, scoring 233-7 in their 53 overs.

Tom Templeton (4-82) and Tony Thompson (2-25) starred with the ball for Kings. A

ndrew Colquhoun (88) and Sifan Naeem (77) then led the run chase and Kings reached their target in the 41st over. Russell Knights had earlier scored 31.

Chipperfield Clarendon

> Playing the team just below them in the table, Chipperfield Clarendon III picked up a valuable 30 points to secure a mid-table position with a six-wicket win over Northampton Exiles III. The home side won the toss and elected to bat and a much improved bowling and fielding performance from Chipperdons saw them bowl Exiles out for 66 in 21 overs. The pick of the bowlers was Sadaqat Bhatti who snared 3-8. After an early batting collapse, Chipperdons found themselves at 25-4 but a knock of 41 n/o from George Wheeler saw them reach their target in 21.4 overs to claim victory.


> A sensational fielding display from Bovingdon maintained their promotion chase as they easily brushed aside Pirton. The visitors arrived in high spirits following back to back wins and elected to field after winning the toss, but this quickly looked like an awful decision as Bovingdon’s Andy Woodward (6-30) ripped out their top order to take his tally of league wickets beyond 30 for the season.

A partnership of 60 between Paul Sniders (43 n/o) and skipper Mike Buttleman (23) was enough to see the home side through and keep them second in the Division Nine table.


> Redbourn I set the tone for the club on a winning weekend as they swept to a comfortable victory over Letchworth Garden City II.

Batting first, Letchworth made a solid start to reach 136-1 before a collapse saw them lose seven wickets for just 29 runs.

They eventually declared on 209-9 from 51 overs.

In reply, Will Hales and George Naismith helped Redbourn to 134 before Naismith was stumped for 69.

Hales then continued in the same vein, moving the score on steadily and ending up with 63 not out from 60 balls to guide Redbourn home.

> Redbourn II got off to a good start against Totteridge Millhillians with Dan Thatcher taking an early wicket.

Redbourn continued to bowl well and wickets fell at regular intervals, with Dean Flynn hitting the stumps twice in two balls in the last over of his first spell.

With Martin Benfield taking 4-32, two more wickets for Thatcher and one for Josh Arnold, Totteridge were all out for 137 in 47 overs.

In reply, Chris Fleming (24) and Dave Irwin (35) put on 49 in eight overs before Anthony Mauder and Nigel Wellsbury knocked off the remaining runs for a comfortable six-wicket win in 25 overs.

> Redbourn III cruised home to victory against Old Albanians.

Duncan Lennox bagged two wickets and Jack Dryer took four wickets in 17 overs to help restrict OAs to 142-8.

In reply, Redbourn started well, with the innings based around an excellent 77 from Andrew Peploe.

Good knocks from Tom Copp and Chris Meyer saw Redbourn reach the target comfortably in 25 overs.

> Redbourn IV recorded an easy win over Leverstock Green IV after dismissing their opponents for just 124 runs.

Some excellent fielding paved the way for Levy’s lowly total, and Redbourn cruised to the target for the loss of just three wickets.

Abbots Langley

> After last week’s disappointing defeat, Abbots Langley I returned to winning ways and returned to the top of the Division Three table with an emphatic win over Harpenden II.

Losing the toss and fielding first, Abbots were always in control and restricted Harpenden to 198-6 off their overs. Chris Chellow (3-54) and Barry Warner (2-27) were the pick of the bowlers.

When Abbots batted, Chellow (20) and Jack Read put on 57 for the first wicket.

Micheal Burgess then came to the crease to form another vital partnership. Read was out for 57, but Burgess went on to smash a fine 70 not out to take Abbots to a five-wicket win in only 44 overs.

> In a great game of cricket with over 500 runs scored, Abbots Langley II came away with a four-wicket win over Old Albanian II to go back to second in Division Seven.

George Aguis (5-62) and Neil White (2-30) both bowled well, but OAs eventually finished on a challenging 255-9 off 50 overs.

In reply, openers Craig Smith (44) and Kuldip Hayer (67), got Abbots off to an excellent start with a half century stand, before Mark Bishop (36), Dave Carlisle (30) and Jon Battams (41 n/o) took Abbots to a fine victory in only 45 overs.

> Abbots Langley III recorded an impressive 33-run victory over Division 10 league leaders Frogmore.

Ken Parkins (29), and Neel Patel (28), formed a solid opening for Kings and at 58-1 off 16 overs, a good score looked possible.

But they lost wickets at regular intervals, and so it was left to a late surge from Will Graves (43), and Andrew Rueth (30), to take Abbots to 198-9.

A confident Frogmore side then lost early wickets and at 23-4 they were struggling against some hostile bowling from Dan Roche (3-13).

Rueth then took 3-33 to wrap up the innings on 165 with three overs to go.

> Although being outplayed for most of the afternoon, Abbots Langley IV came away from Chorleywood with a draw. Chorleywood racked up a big score of 234-8, with their number four batsman scoring 140.

Bob Russell (3-71), Reza Khan and Harry Khan all bowled well for Abbots, but couldn’t stem the flow of runs.

Abbots were never really in the hunt, but Reza Khan (23) and Harry Khan (44) made every effort to accumulate points for a young Abbots side.

They eventually settled for the draw with nine wickets down.

> Abbots Langley Sunday I lost to a strong Wembley side by three wickets in their Chess Valley game on Sunday. Abbots compiled a below par 178 with David Best (70) and Peter Metcalfe (59) the main run scorers.

Wembley were never really in any trouble but economical spells by Neil White (3-33) and Ibby Usman (3-32) kept Abbots in the game, until a late assault gave Wembley the win.


> Berkhamsted I had the awayday blues as they were beaten at West Herts II.

Batting first, Berkhamsted reached 202-7 thanks to notable contributions from Lee Mason (38), Jez O’Neill (48) and Riaz Richards (62 not out).

West Herts responded well, though, and eventually reached their target for the loss of five wickets.

Richards was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-71.

> Berkhamsted II put in an excellent fielding display to protect a low total against Hatfield & Crusaders III.

Batting first, things looked bleak for Berko when they were bowled out for just 125.

Sebastian Smith (63) scored more than half of the team’s total.

In reply, Hatfield wickets fell at regular intervals and Berkhamsted skittled their opponents for 94 to earn the win.

> Berkhamsted III were bowled out for just 93 runs in a heavy defeat to Langleybury IV.

Hamish Jarvie (5-62) did his best to restrict the Langleybury batsmen, but the visitors raced to 226-9.

In reply, only Jack Filer (31) made more than 30 as Berko crashed to their lowly total