Kings Langley Seconds are held to a draw by Hertford Thirds in Saracens Herts League Division Six

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Division Six

Kings Langley Seconds held on for a draw against Hertford Thirds.

Kings decided to field and had their opponents in trouble at 30 for three. But they could not push home their advantage as the visitors middle order took them to 210 for seven off 53 overs.

Kings’ bowlers shared the wickets, with Phil Robinson taking two for 30 off ten overs.

In reply, Kings’ openers got their team off to a good start, losing their first wicket for 89. But several wickets fell cheaply and the last wicket-pair played out for a draw as Kings finished on 170 for nine.

Duncan Fleming scored 38 in his first game for the club, while Tim Piper (48) and Robinson (40) were the other main scorers.

Northwood Thirds were unable to reach the runs required as they lost to Frogmore by 22 runs.

The third team bowled out Frogmore for 151 as Paul Reeve (three for 24) and Silva (four for 23) led the attack.

In reply, they could not respond to the challenge though, as Charlie Chandara Silva made 78 out of a total of 129.

Hemel Hempstead Thirds beat Shenley Village Seconds by three wickets.

Shenley batted first and set a target of 189, which Hemel managed to knock off 51.2 overs with three wickets to spare.

Division Seven

Rickmansworth Seconds got their league campaign off to a winning start as they defeated Great Gaddesden by 68 runs.

Ricky were put into bat and Benn Glazier (27) and Sohail Basheer (21) put on 51 for the first wicket. But the middle order offered minimal resistance and the hosts struggled to 106 for six.

However, veteran Mark Raine resisted for 19, which enabled Andy Milner to smash a quick-fire 36 to get Rickmansworth to 182 all out.

Gaddesden looked in good shape with the bat on 62 for two but the introduction of Phil Riddleston proved vital. He returned six for 15 in ten overs as Great Gaddesden crumbled to 113 all out.

After missing out on promotion last year, Abbots Langley Seconds got off to flying start as they defeated Holtwhites Trinibis Seconds by six wickets.

Dan Roche (two for 36) and Andrew Rueth (two for 43) were the pick of the Langley bowlers as Holtwhites reached 189 for six.

Abbots’ new openers Craig Smith (62) and Richard Merritt put on 115 for the first wicket – Merritt eventually carried his bat through the innings for a fine 87 not out. Helped by Harry Khan with 22, Abbots secured a four-wicket win with three balls to spare.

Division Eight

Northwood Town Seconds’ first game of the campaign ended in a stalemate against Harpenden Fourths.

Town got an early breakthrough thanks to Shahmeer Syed. Krunal Patel and the returning Rishi Adatia also claimed wickets but Viraj Manek stole the show as he ended with five for 36.

Harpenden declared on 228 for nine and Town set about chasing down the total, with Sandip Thakrar (24), Ravi Ramawat (27) and a fine knock from Andy Burt (47) setting up a solid base.

Some tight bowling from Harpenden slowed down the innings but the introduction of Adatia reignited the chase as he struck 44.

But Northwood ran out of time and had to settle for a draw but their score of 209 for eight ensured maximum batting points.

Hemel Hempstead Fourths blew away Northampton Exiles, winning by 172 runs.

Hemel batted first and set a total of 246 for the loss of just two wickets and Exiles were never on course to make the chase and were bowled out for 74.

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