Herts Cricket League
Northwood Thirds were beaten by seven wickets at home to Cockfosters Thirds, despite a good display with the bat.
Steve Dickson (79) and Richard McPie (73) both put up good scores as the home side finished with a competitive total of 203 for five.
Cockfosters were able to chase down Northwood’s target though, reaching 206 just three wickets down.
Division 11 West
Craig Ince’s five-for helped Bushey Thirds beat Langleybury Fourths by 53 runs.
Bushey won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring a below-par 136 all out with Shiraz Thajudeen making 46.
In reply, Langlebury got off to a decent start and reached 31 without loss.
However, the introduction of Ince – who claimed five wickets for only ten runs – changed the game and Langlebury were all out for 83.
Division 12 West
Javed Raj scored a club-record 154 to ensure Watford Town Fourths remained top of the division after a 143-run win over Shenley Village Fourths.
After being asked to bat first, Watford posted an impressive 320 for eight.
Setting the record, Raj scored 154 and hit the Shenley bowling to all parts, sharing a seventh-wicket partnership of 90 runs with captain John Crosdil (50 not out).
In reply, Town took regular wickets with Crosdil finishing with figures of two for one following a short spell, helping dismiss Shenley for 177.
Simon Dare’s 111 saw Chorleywood Fourths beat West Herts Fourths by 54 runs.
The impressive Dare hit 24 boundaries and was supported by Adrian Bryant (33) as Chorleywood reached 234 for three before declaring.
Mike Rose and Gary Procter both both took three West Herts wickets but a last-wicket partnership of 58 from the Stags pair of Mills and Nichols kept their opponents waiting.
With three overs left, the last wicket was taken and Chorleywood were able to pick the 30 points that kept them in second place.
Kings Langley Fourths claimed a comfortable six-wicket victory against Boxmoor.
Langley started the game in the field and dismissed their opponents for 113 in the 40th over.
Mike Newland (23), John Scott (23 not out) and Nick Cotterell (16) were the only batsmen to reach double figures for Boxmoor.
Roy Barter (two for five), Tony Thompson (two for five) and Barry Harding (two for 34) were the main wicket takers for Kings and they were backed up by some good catches in the field.
Langley lost an early wicket in reply, but opener Tony Thompson (30) and Warwick Smith (50) saw them to within sight of victory when both were dismissed.
It was left to Barry Harding to guide them to home in the 25th over.
Abbots Langley Fourths clinched a 39-run victory against Harpenden Sixths.
Star-of-the-show for Abbots with the bat was Ben Cornes. He hit a magnificent 101 not out, including a six to bring up his ton, on what was his first game back after a six-year break.
Aiden Hinks added 30 and Scott Nixon struck 25 not out as Abbots posted 205 for five from their allotted overs.
Harpenden then went on the attack in their reply and had Abbots worried as they raced to 70 for one off 12 overs.
But the introduction of spinner Scott Nixon (five for 25) changed things dramatically, as he and Cameron Khan (three for 35) guided Abbots to victory.
Leverstock Green Fourths suffered a five-wicket defeat against Frogmore Seconds.
Batting first, Green were all out for 123 with Lewis Glasscoe and Dave Cardy both scoring 24.
Glasscoe then took two for 33 with the ball and he was backed up by Greg Coulshed’s one for 22. But Levy didn’t have enough runs on the board to defend as Frogmore chased down their target in the 31st over.