Abbots Langley Seconds played out a dour draw against a struggling Old Haberdashers side

Abbots held to draw against struggling Old Habs

Abbots held to draw against struggling Old Habs

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Herts Cricket League

Division Six 

Abbots Langley Seconds played out a dour draw against a struggling Old Haberdashers side.

ld Habs batted first and ran up a total of 219 for five.

Lewis Hodgins was again the most successful bowler as he picked up three for 73.  Abbots lost wickets regularly in their reply.

Dave Carlisle made 24 and Will Graves scored 25 while Jonny Battams added 22. They were the main run scorers as Abbots struggled to and ended on 140 for eight. 

Northwood Seconds eased to a six-wicket victory against Boxmoor. 

Northwood started the contest in the field and a good display with the ball saw Boxmoor end on just 163.Charlie Chan, Ishotda Shariff and Ben Knowles all ended with three wickets apiece.

It was an easy run chase for Northwood, who were helped to victory by Richard Mackey (32), Nick Nicholson (35 not out) and veteran Steve Lewis (47 not out).

Kings Langley Seconds slipped to another disappointing defeat, this time going down by 37 runs at the hands of Ickleford Seconds.

Kings restricted their hosts to 163 for nine with Radleigh Tant claiming four for 42 and there were two wickets each for Mark Walker, Rob Clark and Josh Oldham.

Kings lost early wickets and were 105 for eight before Richard Whitlock (14) and Josh Oldham (13) gave them some hope but it was short lived and they were bowled out for 126.

Opener Tim Piper scored 35 while Tony Morton (23) and Rob Clark (16) were the only other batsmen to get into double figures.

Division Eight

Bushey Seconds recorded a convincing 164-run victory against Met Police Bushey Seconds.

Bushey won the toss and elected to bat on a lively wicket. After 20 overs they had only reached 55 runs and looked in trouble.

Captain Sagheer Ahmed stepped up and anchored the innings with a well-crafted 114. His contribution was vital as Bushey ended on 206 for eight.

A potent bowling attack, led by Parvinder Singh (five for ten), made light work of Watford as they rolled through the visitors for a paltry 42 in 25 overs.

Parvinder was well supported by Arshad Zarin, Arif Mohammed and young debutant Joshua Harrod.

Langleybury Thirds sealed a commanding eight-wicket victory over Sawbridgeworth Fourths in a high-scoring game.

After winning the toss, Bury decided to bowl but that looked the wrong decision as Sawbridgeworth reached 127 without loss.

However, once Kevin Kelly claimed the first wicket a collapse ensued and Bury dismissed their opponents for 216.

Langleybury’s reply started well. Roger Ball used the pace of the Sawbridgeworth bowlers and the fast outfield to good effect before Chris Currie fell leg before wicket.

That brought the in-form Graeme Roe to the crease. He did well to hit most of the fielders, before he too fell leg before.

Evan King came in and took the game to the Sawbridgeworth bowlers. He hit 38 not out while Ball continued to play his shots and end on 141 not out.

Langleybury chased down the runs with fours overs to spare.

Hemel Hempstead Fourths were unable to take the two wickets they needed for victory against Allenburys.

Hemel batted first and set a total of 215 for seven before declaring. Openers Jim Birnie and Rahul Wickramsinghe scored 51 and 34 respectively while Steve Smith chipped in with 28. Ben Dumpleton also struck 45 not out.

Allenburys had three extra overs but didn’t look likely to win the game. Brian Stephenson scored a stubborn 75 not out as they ground out the runs to end with a draw.

Vinnie Liddar took two for 20 with the ball but it was a frustrating afternoon for Hemel.

Division Nine

Kings Langley Thirds consolidated third spot in the table with a convincing 87-run win over Stevenage Fourths.

Kings had scored 201 for five off 49 overs with Kevin Rolfe striking 58 in partnership with his son, Scott, who scored 28. Matt Langston added 53.

Stevenage were bowled out for 114 in 22 overs with Scott Rolfe claiming two for three.

A batting collapse saw Abbots Langley Thirds crash to a disappointing 17-run defeat against Knebworth Park Fourths.

Bowling first, Neil White took centre stage on a bowler-friendly wicket with a fine spell, taking six for 62.

Bob Russell chipped in with two for 15 as Knebworth stumbled to 125 all out.

Abbots thought they were on the way to and easy win when Reza Khan (26) and Tom Ruxton Junior (16) put on 50 for the first wicket.

However, the wheels then came off and Knebworth ran through the rest of the batting order to bowl Abbots out for 108.

Brett Baney’s six for 40 proved in vain as Leverstock Green Thirds failed to chase Cockfosters Thirds’ 109 all out and were beaten by 23 runs.

Oli Sawyer’s three for 15 from five overs also helped restrict the visitors. However, an early Green collapse always suggested an uphill task.

Karl Turner (32) and Matt Lake (17) made solid middle-order contributions but Levy were all out for 86, some 23 runs short.

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