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Poor batting display proves costly for Hemel Hempstead Fifths against Watford Town Thirds
12:00pm Friday 9th August 2013 in Sport
Hemel Hempstead Fifths were left to rue a poor performance with the bat as they suffered a six-wicket defeat against top of the table Watford Town Thirds.
Put into bat Hemel captain Tony Linfoot top scored with 25 as his side were bowled out for only 109.
Chris Pearson (two for 34) took two early wickets to reduce Watford to 16 for two in reply but, despite Dan Turbutt also claiming two for 16, Watford eased home inside 21 overs.
Langleybury Fourths recorded an impressive 21-run victory over Cheshunt Seconds to claim their fifth win of the season.
In a low scoring match Bury’s decision to bat having won the toss looked to have been a bad one as they were bowled out for paltry 95.
Only Elliott King (32) and Safdar Butt (35) made double figures but excellent bowling from Hassan Bhatti (five for 33) and Joshua Comes (four for 37) saw Cheshunt bowled out for 74.
Chorleywood Fourths suffered a 62-run defeat away at Old Elizabethans Thirds.
Taking the ball first, Callum Willis was the pick of the bowlers as he took three for 36 from a ten over spell.
Set 151 to win, only four batsmen made double figures with Arzad Mahmood top scoring with 29. It proved costly for Chorleywood as they bowled out for a disappointing 88.
Rickmansworth Fourths claimed a worthy draw away to top of the table Southgate Adelaide thanks in part to bowler Aamer Khan who took six for 69.
Electing to bat Adeel Khan and Aamer Khan made invaluable contributions to Rickmansworth innings as they posted a total of 164.
The home side began their reply with at a blistering pace but six wickets from Khan in 21 overs saw Southgate fall five runs short of victory.
Northwood Town Thirds climbed into the promotion places after a seven-wicket victory over Baldock Thirds.
Northwood won the toss and elected to bowl. It proved the correct decision as their bowlers restricted Baldock to 164 for nine.
The pick of the Town attack was Minesh Vadgama who ended with impressive figures of four for 35.
In response Northwood made a shaky start and looked in trouble after they collapsed to 61 for three.
However, the introduction of Ravi Kotecha (62) and Rajul Patel (39) helped steady the innings and they shared an unbroken partnership of 104 to guide Northwood safely home.
Abbots Langley Fourths drew with Welwyn Garden City Fifths in a fairly uneventful match.
Taking to the field first, Graham Bell took an impressive two for eight and Bob Russell two for 21 as Welwyn posted a total of 187.
In reply Reza Khan was the only Langley batsman to show any resistance with a patient 72 which ensured his side claimed a draw and a share of the points.
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