Bushey ease past Waltham Cross Rosedale

Watford Observer: Rickmansworth stayed top of Division Four after beating Dunstable Rickmansworth stayed top of Division Four after beating Dunstable

Bushey enjoyed a six-wicket victory at Waltham Cross Rosedale in Herts Division Three.

Waltham Cross won the toss and decided to bat first.

Mohammed Asif and Parvinder Singh bowled tight lines for the visitors and were rewarded with some early success; Asif finishing with two for 30 off 11 overs.

The hosts steadied the ship through Roberts and Gentle and looked in a relatively good position at the drinks break.

Following the restart, Bushey’s bowlers made in-roads into the Waltham batting line-up with only Roberts (62 not out) showing resistance.

Farooq took two for 22 and Qamar four for 16.

Requiring only 101, Bushey opened with Nomaan Ilyas and Naren Gogna.

Waltham bowled good lines hoping to frustrate, however both showed a lot of character and patience and Gogna was eventually out off the last ball before tea.

After the break, Michael Foley entered the fray with a free-scoring innings of 22 while Ilyas continued with his careful compilation in the middle.

Ilyas was eventually out for 31 and Israr Hussain and Obaid Nawaz took Bushey over the finishing line having lost just four wickets.

Rickmansworth remain joint-top of Division Four thanks to a last-gasp two-wicket win against Dunstable.

Abbas Shah picked up three wickets as Dunstable racked up 176 for eight in their 53 overs.

In reply, Rickmansworth lost wickets on a regular basis but Malcolm Aerington (48) held the innings together.

Needing to score at a rate of five an over to win off the last eight overs, Ricky just kept up with the run-rate.

It was left to Marty Jaynes to hit the winning runs, a six, with just two balls to spare.

Chorleywood Seconds fought out a draw with Ampthill Town Seconds.

Wood batted first and ran up 211 for six from their 53 overs.

Opener James Rose top-scored with a fine 60, supported by Guy Manson-Bishop (49).

Jonathan Lyons hit an unbeaten 27 as Wood picked up maximum batting points.

In reply, Ampthill reached 135 for no wicket with plenty of overs in hand.

Jeremy Hinds and paceman Jamie Smithson picked up four wickets between them and the visitors retreated into their shell with their middle order unable to find runs as easily as their openers had.

Ampthill eventually closed on 195 for four from their 47 overs, just 17 runs short of a victory that had looked inevitable an hour earlier.

Langleybury Seconds went down to a three-wicket defeat at Sandridge. Winning the toss and batting first, they recovered from the loss of skipper Andy Felton for a duck to post 179 for nine thanks to a fine 57 from Habib Alam and a good contribution from Carter (36).

The hosts never bowled with enough control to build the required pressure and the number of boundaries conceded was the deciding factor in the match.

Dhruva was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets.

In Division Five, Leverstock Green Seconds beat Hoddesdon Seconds by nine runs on Saturday.

Hoddesdon chose to bat first but tight seam bowling from Imran Iqbal and Dayle Littlejohn – who both claimed three victims – restricted the hosts to just 136.

Openers Ben Parkes (81) and David Coulshed (53 not out) put on over a century as Green lost just one wicket in sealing 30 points.

Kings Langley Seconds recorded their first win of the season in Division Six, beating Codicote by two wickets.

Codicote batted first and were bowled out for 177 with Richard Whitlock taking four for 53 and Ben Joyce three for 28.

Kings scored steadily in reply and thanks to Andrew Colquhoun (45) and Rich Davies (37 not out) they reached their target in the 47th over.

Northwood Seconds beat Old Cholmeleians Seconds by 94 runs at home.

The hosts batted first having won the toss with Mike Kirman (59) and Ranjit Latchman (68) helping Northwood to 202 for four.

Captain Ran Nandiraju then took centre stage, claiming a superb nine wickets for just 20 runs to win the game for Northwood as their opponents were removed for just 108.

Rickmansworth Seconds beat St Margaretsbury Seconds at home by 13 runs.

Batting first, Rickmansworth were quickly in trouble at 23 for five.

Brett Harvey (21) and Andy Bird (19) eventually helped Ricky to 103 though.

Marc Robinson (four for 32) and Brett Harvey (four for 21) sparked a collapse of their own before ensuring a nervous win, bowling the hosts out for 90.

Abbots Langley Seconds fell to a ten-run defeat against Letchworth Thirds.

Deciding to field first, opener Neel Patel took three for 20 to leave Letchworth struggling with the score at 53 for four.

Letchworth rallied to reach 90 for four with spinner Andrew Rueth (four for 30) bringing Abbots back into the game as their opponents were removed for 128.

At 78 for three, Abbots looked comfortable thanks to Will Graves (31) and Dan Roche (21) but no-one else stayed for long in the middle order as Abbots fell short.

Hemel Hempstead Thirds edged to a one-wicket win away to Bentley Heath.

Put into bat, Bentley were bowled out for just 188 with Rory Fraser (four for 29) and Ed Langley (two for nine) pivotal.

Billy May and Rory Fraser guided Hemel home on 120 for nine.

Radlett Fourths won by six wickets at Potters Bar Thirds in Division Seven.

New Zealand international Sian Ruck made her Radlett debut and helped dismiss a weak Potters Bar side for a mere 27.

Dominic Ingram returned a career-best seven for ten with Ruck taking two wickets and also holding two catches as Radlett cruised home.

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