Langleybury have reached the final of the Davidstow Village Cup at Long Marston's expense

Watford Observer: Langleybury reach Davidstow Village Cup final Langleybury reach Davidstow Village Cup final

Langleybury will face Reed in the regional final of the Davidstow Village Cup after overcoming Long Marston – but the weather was again the main winner at the weekend.

Long Marston won the toss and asked their opponents to have first use of the wicket on Sunday.

After losing a wicket in the second over, Nahim Amin and skipper Richard Oxley took the score to 67 in the 14th over when a mix up going for a third run resulted in Amin being run out.

Richard Soulsby and Andy Felton put on 72 before the latter was well caught near the boundary edge as Langleybury finished on 181 for nine.

Oxley caught an opener off the bowling of Kam Mansoor and got the other opener leg before wicket, paving the way for Langleybury’s bowlers to take control.

Long Marston were eventually all out in the last over, with Langleybury winning by 19 runs.

Langleybury Thirds suffered a 27-run loss at Met Police Bushey Seconds in Herts League Division Eight – one of few games to beat the weather the previous day.

Batting first, hosts Bushey made 118 all out before removing Langleybury for 91.

In Division 11 West, Rickmansworth Fourths were crushed by Boxmoor Thirds.

Posting 171 for seven, Boxmoor restricted Ricky to just 59 for nine.

Radlett Women beat Wanstead by nine wickets in their Division A opener on Sunday.

A combination of injury and county call-ups hampered captain Samantha Battman’s selection – the skipper herself sporting a broken finger.

New Zealand international seamer Sian Ruck donned the wicket-keeper’s gloves in place of Battman – the first time she had done so in a competitive game.

Batting first, Wanstead were removed for just 83.

Seamer Katie Pankhurst bowled a lively opening spell, finding the edge of the bat on a number of occasions and was unlucky not to take a wicket.

Off-spinner Lorraine Hartley was also in miserly form as Wanstead struggled to play scoring shots. A sharp Alexis Mannion catch off Hartley’s bowling left the opposition on 20 for one after eight overs.

Poor shot selection and running between the wickets cost the home side dear and chief beneficiary was Sarah Evans, taking a career best four for 30 from her six-over spell.

Leg spinner Anna Harris took two catches and then proceeded to clean up the tail with three for seven from five overs.

In reply, Harris and Hartley looked well on their way to securing a ten-wicket victory before Hartley was trapped leg before wicket for 18.

Sarah Evans (9 not out) was given a rare opportunity at three and rotated the strike well as Harris (47 not out) eased Radlett to victory.

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