Langley are on course to be crowned county Kings

Northchurch Cricket Club's Jamie Eccles.
Northchurch Cricket Club's Jamie Eccles.

KINGS Langley have booked their place in the final of the County Trophy thanks to a 54-run victory over holders Holtwhites Trinibis.

Batting first in front of a large crowd, Kings looked in trouble at 49-3, but good contributions from Mark Brazier (79), Tom Sambrook (54), Adam Griffiths (53 n/o) and Christian James (36 n/o) helped them to a total of 299-7 from their 50 overs.

In reply, Holtwhites battled hard to reach the target, but the Kings attack dug deep to keep their opponents at bay.

Adam Griffiths took the last wicket to set up a clash with St Albans West Indian or Northchurch in September’s final.

Meanwhile, Kings Langley I maintained their push for promotion with a 130-run win over Northampton Exiles.

Mitch Roberts top scored for Kings with 114 not out, and Varman Ratnakuranan (4-10) was the star with the ball as the side cruised to victory.

Kings Langley II and Kings Langley III, however, both suffered defeats – at the hands of Radlett IV and Hatch End, respectively.

Radlett saw off the seconds by 103 runs, while a batting collapse put paid to the thirds’ chances against Hatch End.

It was much better news for Kings Langley IV as they thrashed Knebworth Park by 195 runs.

Dave Percy was the pick of the Kings batsmen, finishing on 104 not out.

Elsewhere, it was a disappointing Saturday for Hemel Town as the club recorded four defeats from five games.

The first XI got off to a terrible start in their defeat to Hertford I – losing Jay O’Nien to the first ball of the game. Town continued to struggle with the bat and were eventually bowled out for 165.

Nick Hodgins (3-58) bagged three wickets for Hemel, but Hertford cruised to the win.

Hemel Town III, however, recorded a hard-fought eight-run victory at Knebworth II.

Josh Graves hit 48 as Hemel struggled to a total of 129, but Bryan Davies (6-44) was the Town hero as he ripped through the Knebworth side to secure the win.

Hemel Town III, IV, and V all suffered defeats, going down to Shenley Village II, Old Finchleians II and Cockfosters IV, respectively.

Hemel’s Sunday sides restored some pride, however, picking up wins over Abbots Langley I and Harpenden II.

Elsewhere, Northchurch enjoyed a successful weekend as they recorded three wins from three games.

The first XI scraped a win away to Division Three leaders Letchworth, while the 2nd XI had a comprehensive victory at home to nine-man Hexton.

Sunday saw the first XI reach the final of the Herts Readers Trophy with a low-scoring victory away at St Albans West Indians.

Northchurch batted first and looked in trouble at 142 all out. However, a devastating spell of bowling from the Northchurch attack earned the victory, with Mike Pearce ending on 4-20.