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Rickmansworth battle to Tewin draw
Rickmansworth Fourths held on for a draw at Tewin Seconds in a Herts Division 12 game they could easily have lost.
The home team elected to bat on a good pitch and put on 98 for the first wicket.
Sean Lindsay made a double breakthrough before the runs continued to flow as Tewin went on the attack. They would eventually declare on 207 for six.
Ricky lost their first wicket in the second over but a stubborn second-wicket partnership between Matt Atkins (31) and Ray Hibbert (24) slowed down Tewin’s progress.
After their dismissals, a middle-order collapse ensued but the Ricky tail wagged just enough to hold on for a draw at 128 for nine.
Langleybury Fourths made the short trip to west Watford to take on third-placed Bushey Thirds but returned home on the wrong end of a three-wicket defeat.
Having lost the toss, Langleybury were put in to bat and openers Alex McLachlan and Gavin Mawn made a decent start.
However, when the first wicket fell with 38 runs on the board, more started to tumble and Bury were soon in trouble at 44 for four.
Rajesh Mullapuddi came in at number six and he started on the attack and contributed 40 to the total as the team reached three figures.
With 16 overs to go, Bury were 106 for seven but they finished on 152 for nine after 47 overs.
In reply, Bushey made a fine start as they reached 51 before the first wicket fell.
Under-15 bowler Lewis Denham impressed as he finished with two for 24 in eight overs to leave Bushey on 61 for three.
This saw the introduction of the spin attack as Scott Dormody and Josh Cornes entered the fray.
Both picked up wickets with Dormody taking one for 57 runs in his ten overs, while Alex Denham claimed one for 28 in 11.3 overs.
However, Bushey were able to reach their target for the loss of seven wickets in 41.3 overs to take them up to second in the table.
Fourth-placed Northwood Town Thirds ended Division 13 leaders Old Elizabethans Thirds’ previously unbeaten run with a seven-wicket victory.
After losing the toss, Town took to the field with Minesh Vadgama and Meeth Katira controlling the scoring and creating numerous chances. Katira was deservedly rewarded, removing the top three batsmen in quick succession to leave Elizabethans reeling.
With Town in control, Bobby Graham produced three wicket maidens in succession before Vadgama broke through at the other end to stun the league leaders.
Elizabethans then showed the resolve that had won them so many games but before long Khetia and Ravi Doshi took further wickets, leaving the visitors all out for 95.
In response, Pradip Pandey and the on-song Kunal Patel all but put the game to bed with a solid opening partnership of 51 before Pandey nicked behind.
Graham and Ravi Kotecha both scored quickly, but it was Patel (56 not out), that saw Town home off just 26.2 overs.
A poor batting performance from Chorleywood Fourths saw them slump to a 106-run defeat at Welwyn Garden City Fifths.
Welwyn won the toss and batted first, starting brightly before being pegged back thanks to an impressive spell from Martin Henderson.
The spinner showed excellent control as he picked up seven for 58 from his 16.4 overs – his second seven-wicket haul for the club.
Skipper Adrian Bryant also chipped in, taking his first wicket for the club as Welwyn were eventually bowled out for 161.
In reply though, Wood failed to put up much resistance as they were blown away for just 55.
Only Jonathan Kennedy reached double figures in a very disappointing batting display.
A fine century from Reza Khan helped Abbots Langley Fourths seal an impressive eight-wicket victory over Hatfield Hyde Thirds in Division 14.
After losing the toss, it wasn’t a surprise when Hatfield elected to have first use of what looked like a very good wicket.
The home side got off to a flyer, putting on 75 off the first 15 overs.
Abbots slowly started to bring them under control with Bob Russell bowling as economically as always and bringing up 40 wickets for the season during his spell.
Hatfield eventually made 218 for five after playing out two maidens at the end of their innings.
A patient start of 24 in eight overs was a solid platform from which Langley could build. But what followed was a superb 148-run second-wicket partnership off 23 overs between Khan and Ryan Watson that got Abbots past the maximum batting points target and in sight of the finish line.
Khan (116) duly brought up his maiden century for Abbots, while Watson (74) also made his best score for the club.
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