Saracens Herts League
Rickmansworth secured an extraordinary victory in a low-scoring 59-run win over Cheshunt.
At 37 without loss, Ricky wickets began to tumble, losing seven for just eight runs.
Majid Khan (25) and Morris (21) steadied the ship slightly as Ricky reached what at the time, appeared to be a disappointing total of 92 all out.
In response, Rickmansworth were lethal with the ball, starting in ruthless fashion by taking the first six wickets for the loss of one run.
Khan took an impressive six for 21 as Cheshunt were bowled out for just 33.
Skipper Ray Collins said: “I have never played in a game where any team was six wickets down for one run and I don’t expect I ever will again. It was just straight bowling by the guys that did the damage, pure and simple.”
Langleybury Seconds beat Southgate Compton by 71 runs in their season opener.
The hosts lost the toss and were put into bat by Southgate, making 167 for nine.
Stuart Knox top-scored for Langleybury with an unbeaten knock of 72.
Southgate were bowled out for just 96, with Andy Stone taking three wickets and Darren Crawley and Jim Carson both taking two apiece.
Leverstock Green Seconds beat Preston Seconds by seven wickets.
Visitors Preston amassed 172 at Bedmond Park, with four Levy bowlers each taking a pair of wickets.
The reply from Green was emphatic as Nahim Iqbal smashed an unbeaten 109.
Iqbal’s superb display helped Leverstock reach 173 for three and claim the win – the ideal start for new captain Dave Littlejohn.
Abbots Langley Seconds started with a two-wicket victory over Codicote.
Put into bat by Abbots, Codicote were restricted to 168 for six from 53 overs thanks largely to some tight bowling.
Abbots started solidly in response, but gradually allowed mistakes to creep into their game as the wickets began to fall.
The win was eventually secured with a score of 169 for eight as Abbots steadied the ship.
Hemel Hempstead Thirds were beaten by Flitwick Seconds by six wickets.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Hemel were bowled out for 138.
Anjam Khan was Hemel’s top-scorer with 53, whilst Chris Nutall brought the score along with 41.
Michael Ellis was Flitwick’s top wicket-taker, taking five for 35.
Flitwick reached their target of 139 for the loss of just four wickets.
Phil Gurney top-scored with 52 runs, whilst Phil Freebey took three for 20.
Kings Langley Seconds saw their game with Rickmansworth Seconds abandoned following the collapse of Kings’ bowler Dave Percy.
Tony Morton top-scored with 86 as Kings motored to 250 for five.
Tom Clark weighed in with an unbeaten 62 and Jonathan Smith scored 41 for Kings.
With Rickmansworth on 126 for eight, the match was abandoned in tragic circumstances.