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Langleybury A and Radlett reach delayed semi-finals of Watford Observer Fourteen14 Shield
Langleybury A and Radlett have advanced into the last four of the Watford Observer Fourteen14 Shield but organisers have decided to delay the semi-finals due to ongoing delays in other ties being played.
The semi-finals were due to take place at West Herts on Wednesday and Met Police Bushey on Thursday, but with one second round clash and two quarter-finals yet to take place it is hoped the last-four games can be played in the week beginning June 30 to still enable the final to be staged at Chipperfield Clarendon on Thursday, July 10.
West Herts were due to host the first semi-final on Wednesday but their ground is unavailable the following week so an alternative venue is in the process of being sought and organisers are hopeful this will be finalised early next week.
The Stags were Shield holders but their reign came to an end on Tuesday as Langleybury successfully defended their total of 146 for three after bowling out the Stags for less than 100.
Radlett were also comfortable victors 24 hours later as they won by 48 runs, despite a brave effort from opponents Leverstock Green B.
The competition’s wides and no balls rule of four extra runs helped enhance Radlett’s score somewhat as they amassed 192 for three, although there were some useful overs bowled in places.
Opener Joe Cooke led the scoring for the hosts with 63 while Randeep Sanghera (50) and Dave Tretheway (40 not out) also contributed to good effect.
In reply, more than 50 from the first three overs might have had Brett Baney’s side dreaming for a short while, but the hosts reined that scoring rate back and were in charge well before the end as Green closed on 144 for four – Rory Fleming top-scoring with an unbeaten 35 while Abbas Ali made 31.
Revised semi-final draw (seeds in bold): Langleybury A v Chipperfield Clarendon or Abbots Langley; Radlett v Met Police Bushey/Watford Haidery A or Watford Town A. New dates and venues to be advised.
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