Kings Langley on the up after sealing promotion

6/8/2011'Kings Langley Cricket Club fielding against Boxmoor.'Ian Gorringe is out.
6/8/2011'Kings Langley Cricket Club fielding against Boxmoor.'Ian Gorringe is out.

KINGS Langley I have secured promotion from division three of the Saracens Herts Cricket League, despite only drawing with Stevenage II on Saturday.

Having lost the toss, Kings batted first and scored 211-3 with Paul Ashford leading the way with 100 not out.

Mitch Roberts (35), Kevin Rolfe (30), Joe Cooke (22) and Mark Brazier (14 n/o) also chipped in with decent efforts.

In reply, Stevenage scored steadily and had reached 117-0, but then lost six wickets for 15 runs and at that point decided to bat for a draw.

Roberts (2-7) made the breakthrough and Christian James (2-22), Brazier (1-40) and Adam Griffiths (1-45) took the other wickets.

Kings then faced an anxious wait to hear how the other promotion contenders had got on, before any celebrations could begin.

And they were delighted to find out that rain had caused havoc with a number of fixtures, as one by one results came in revealing that matches had been abandoned – sealing Kings’ promotion.

Meanwhile, should Kings Langley II secure a good draw next week against Abbots Langley, they will also win promotion.

The side’s division seven match with Dunstable III was abandoned on Saturday, with the home side having scored 222-4 off their overs before rain stopped any further play.

Duane Smith (2-30), Ben Joyce (1-36) and Oli Toms (1-45) took the wickets for Kings.

Division 10 outfit Kings Langley III, however, collapsed to a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of champions elect, Mill Hill Village.

Choosing to bat first on a wet pitch proved to be the wrong choice as the home bowlers were in determined mood to clinch promotion and had Kings reeling on 32-6.

The batting side managed to take the score to 54 before they were bowled out in the 24th over, with only Tony Morton (25) and Roy Barter (11) managing to reach double figures.

In reply, Mill Hill lost a first-ball wicket to Michael Owens, but a quick 29 from their number four batsman made sure there was no collapse.

Owens managed to take another wicket and finished with 2-19, while Simon Walker took 1-6, but it was a case of too little too late for Kings as Mill Hill hit the winning runs in the 13th over.

Elsewhere, Kings Langley IV were left pondering what might have been as their slim hopes of promotion from division 14 slipped away during a 32-run defeat at Berkhamsted.

The hosts were bowled out for 171 in 40 overs, but Kings were unable to mount a serious challenge in reply as only Warwick Wood (48) troubled the scorers.

Nick Turner had earlier taken 6-43 for Kings.