Hemel Hempstead suffer narrow Harpenden defeat in Chess Valley League

Hemel Hempstead suffer narrow Harpenden defeat in Chess Valley League

Hemel Hempstead suffer narrow Harpenden defeat in Chess Valley League

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Division One

Hemel Hempstead suffered a last-ball defeat at Harpenden to lose by a run in dramatic circumstances on Sunday.

Hosts Harpenden won the toss and batted first, posting 184 all out, with Scott Galloway (57) top-scoring as Parth Mehta stole the show, claiming six for 24 from his 9.5 overs.

The Hemel reply began sluggishly before a flurry of runs in the middle order dragged the visitors back into the contest.

The contribution of Will Langley (45) and a late knock of 35 not out from Gareth James gave Hemel hope but they fell just short as Langley was run out.

Division Four

Chorleywood were on the end of a strong all-round performance from league-leaders Stevenage as they slipped to a 115-run defeat.

Stevenage racked up an imposing total of 294 for four from their 45 overs, with all of Wood’s bowlers coming in for some harsh treatment from the menacing Stevenage batting line-up.

In reply, Wood lost early wickets and were never really in contention. The visitors’ sole highlight was Jamie Smithson’s career-high score of 49 not out, before he found himself stranded an agonising one run short of his maiden half-century as Wood finished on 175 for seven.

Division Seven

Third-placed Hemel Hempstead Seconds claimed a three-wicket win over top-of-the-league Harefield Seconds.

Harefield opener Ogton smashed 101 to get his side off on a strong footing and, batting at number three, Seymour added a further 76. However the rest of the order couldn’t follow suit and Gus Scott-Morris’ three for 40 saw the visitors close on 207 for five.

Dave Jenkins (31) opened well but the runs were not forthcoming until late knocks from Scott-Morris (74 not out) and Ryan Wilson (51 not out) pushed the Hemel total up to 211 for seven.

Friendley

Rickmansworth Fourths played a friendly against Berkhamsted on Saturday after their league opponents conceded.

Rickmansworth were led by 15-year-old Owen Blackwell, who top-scored with 24 but couldn’t stop his side losing by 40 runs.

Championship
Radlett Women picked up their 14th consecutive victory to continue their march towards the title, beating Twickenham by ten wickets.

Hosts Twickenham won the toss and surprisingly opted to bat first in wet conditions, with Chloe Frame (four for seven) and Katie Pankhurst working effectively to restrict scoring opportunities.

Struggling on 48 for four at drinks, Twickenham were eventually dismissed for 107 from 38.4 overs.

Radlett made light work of chasing down their hosts’ total, with Hannah Smith (52 not out) and Cath McNeil (38 not out) guiding the away side to 111 without loss after 14.4 overs.

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