Hemel Town young guns blast past Berkhamsted to reach County Cup semis

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The Hemel Hempstead Town U17s continued their winning form in the Hertfordshire County Cup by beating Berkhamstead by 66 runs to reach the semi-finals of the competition.

Hemel – whose massive 169-run win over St Albans in the previous round was described by senior Hertfordshire Cricket official Mike Arnold as “believed to be the largest margin ever in a Hertfordshire 20 over competition” – posted 145-6 in their 20 overs at Heath Park.

Hemel had struggled early on against the pace of Berkhamstead’s Ethan Mackie and the game was in the balance by the ninth over with Hemel on 47- 4.

However,Will Langley and Billy May produced a fifth wicket stand of 80 in nine overs.

Langley made 49 – including one six and four fours – while May was out in the last over for 55 including two sixes and seven fours.

Mackie returned figures of 3-17 in his allotted four overs.

In Berkhamsteads reply, Hemel spinner Matt Dale opened the bowling and took two early wickets, conceding just 10 runs in his four overs.

May also picked up two middle-order wickets but it was Hemel’s outstanding fielding – including three run outs – that did for the visitors who were all out for 79 with an over to go. Mackie top scored with 23.