Langleybury slip to home defeat to Boxmoor

Langleybury Fourths fell to defeat against Boxmoor Thirds

Langleybury Fourths fell to defeat against Boxmoor Thirds

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Langleybury Fourths lost at home to Boxmoor Thirds by one wicket in Herts Division 11 West.

Winning the toss, Langleybury chose to bat and got off to a steady start through opening batsmen Ray McHugh and Alex McLaghan before the latter was carelessly run out.

The batting remained solid with Tom Warrell (60) joining McHugh. The tempo increased during the innings as a final flourish from Alex Denham (20 not out) saw Bury finish with a respectable 170 for eight on a slow wicket.

Having previously taken four wickets, one of Boxmoor’s batsmen quickly added 83 of the required runs to get the visitors off to a good start.

Eddie Gunning bowled well throughout the innings for a well-deserved four for 50 and and at the other end Martin Henderson, Alex Denham and Warrell (four for 28) bowled well but without consistency.

Boxmoor scrapped to the target with ten balls to spare, which they probably would not have achieved without their star man.

Rickmansworth Fourths continued their winning start to the season with a 123-run victory over Old Albanian Thirds.

Ricky chose to bat first but lost two early wickets in a slow start before Paul Blackwell (52) and Sam Stabler (24) got going.

Ronesh Nathwani reached 54 not out before Rickmansworth declared on 195 for five.

In reply, Old Albanian wickets tumbled as Rushil Sharma (two for 27) and Brendan Lindsay (six for 25) rattled through the ranks.

Nathwani (two for 15) claimed the final two wickets to dismiss Old Albanian for just 71.

Watford Town Thirds beat St Albans Fourths by seven wickets.

Visitors Watford won the toss and put their opponents into bat.

Some fine bowling from Zirak Khan, who took eight for 42, restricted the hosts to 129 all out off 46.2 overs.

In reply, it was Khan again who proved key, hitting 42 with Naveed Sharif making 32 not out and Vishail Patil an unbeaten 31 not out as Watford eased to 130 for three in 35 overs.

Hemel Hempstead Fifths drew at home to Bushey Thirds thanks to a stout rearguard action.

Trevor Radcliffe (30 not out) and Dan Turbutt (four not out) saved the day for Hemel as they held on for a draw in their first game on the new nursery ground at Heath Park.

Batting first, Bushey had been in trouble at 59 for four but 56 from Khurram Nawaz and 45 from Muhammad Ahsan saw them reach 203 for seven.

Rahul Kedia (two for 44) and Chris Pearson (two for 50) posted the best Hemel bowling figures.

Hemel managed to make it up to 100 for four after 30 overs but then fell away until saved by Radcliffe and Turbutt.

In Division 12 West, Watford Town Fourths claimed a five-wicket victory at Leverstock Green Fourths thanks to 15-year-old Johnny Watson.

The spinner took five for 15 to restrict Leverstock Green to a total of 113.

Solid batting from Grant East (36) and Abu Choudry (28) meant Watford secured the win by scoring 114 for five.

Ash Ali and Dave Cardy bagged two dismissals apiece for Levy, who were made to pay for earlier dropped catches.

Rickmansworth Fifths suffered a 47-run defeat at Chorleywood Fourths.

The visitors were undone by two former first-team players as Simon Dare (61) and Mick Rose (53 not out) helped Chorleywood rack up 190 for six before declaring.

In reply, Jaimin Patel (33) and Bhavesh Chauhan (40) pushed Ricky up to 100 for three but the innings fell away once they were dismissed with Rose and Dare taking two wickets each.

Ricky were dismissed for 145 with ten overs still to bat.

Abbots Langley Fourths won their first league game by 42 runs at home to Boxmoor Fourths.

The hosts were removed for 103 with only Andy Woodard (39) and Cameron Khan (13) reaching double figures.

Boxmoor found the wicket even more difficult as they were bowled out for 61, Jerry Graves (four for 11) and Khan (three for one) guiding Abbots to victory.

In Thames Valley League Division Three B, Old Merchant Taylors’ put on a brave performance to secure a draw against Teddington Town on Saturday.

Losing the toss, OMTs fielded first and a very healthy run rate from the opposition batsmen allowed Teddington to score 308 for three before declaring after 46 overs.

After tea, Kavir Vedd and Rajagopal Velleringi opened up the batting but Velleringi was bowled early on for a duck.

Adam Al Madawie came to the crease and together with Vedd put on a 150-run partnership, with Vedd scoring his maiden ton for the club’s first XI.

David Phillips and Paul Marshall (40) steered OMTs to over 200 and with only Amar Gudkha to offer some added resistance, a loss was averted and they finished on 225 for seven.

Old Merchant Taylors’ Seconds drew at home to Farnham Royal Seconds in Division Six A.

Having won the toss, OMTs elected to bowl but Farnham took control with a total of 211 for six before declaring.

Jatinder Boparai top-scored with 90 for the visitors.

In reply, OMTs made 115 for six in in 49 overs.

Chris Frow (49) and Adit Ruparel (30) were the only OMT batsmen to reach double figures.

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