League-leaders Leverstock Green halted Watford Town's promotion push with a seven-wicket win on Saturday

Leaders Leverstock Green halt Watford Town's promotion push

Leaders Leverstock Green halt Watford Town's promotion push

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Division Five

Watford Town Seconds’ push for a top-four finish was halted by run-away leaders Leverstock Green Seconds, who won by seven wickets.

On a helpful pitch, the strength of the Levy seamers proved too much for Town, with only young Cobe Davies and veteran Si Sampat passing the 20 mark.

The efforts of Leverstock skipper Dayle Littlejohn (six for 17) meant his batsmen had to chase only 113 for victory, which they achieved comfortably, losing just three wickets.

Sam Revell, batting at number three, had to be taken to hospital with a badly twisted knee, causing the game to be stopped for 30 minutes while an ambulance was called.

For the champions-elect, opener Jamie Wallis scored an unbeaten 61 to ease Levy to 116 for three.

Hemel Hempstead Thirds enjoyed a four-wicket win over Parkfield and Headstone, thanks in no small part to the opening partnership of Aaron Wilson and Rahul Wickramsinghe.

Having elected to bowl first, Hemel unsettled their visitors early, with Adam Moulster (three for 48) and Ed Langley (three for 37) playing important roles.

Ali Khan top-scored with 67 as the visitors were dismissed for 163.

Wilson (37) and Wickramsinghe (42) provided the key knocks as Hemel reached the required 164 with four wickets in hand.

Division Six

Kings Langley Seconds played out a remarkable draw with St Margaretsbury Seconds, with both teams finishing on 208.

Batting first, Kings scored a modest 208 all out with Logan Turner making 50, Nigel Barlow 46, Richard Whitlock 45 and Russell Tant 31.

The visitors batted carefully and were closing in on their target. But with the overs running out, Kings tied their batsmen down and the game finished with the scores level, with Kings claiming eight wickets.

Richard Whitlock finished with three for 32 and Tony Morton claimed two for 40.

Abbots Langley Seconds suffered another defeat, going down by six wickets against Botany Bay Seconds.

Batting first, Abbots lost wickets at regular intervals as they struggled against accurate bowling.

Veteran Mark Bishop, rolled back the years with a patient 75 not out and helped by son Jack (13), he saw Abbots up to a modest 164 for eight.

Andre Rueth then bowled well, taking two for 48, but he was not backed up, as Botany Bay eased home at 167 for four.

Rickmansworth Seconds stayed rooted to the bottom of the division after an eight-wicket defeat to Ickleford Seconds.

Only Ajay Thakur (16) and Jonathan Cox (37) offered any resistance with the bat as five Ricky batsmen scored ducks en route to a meagre total of 95 all out.

Ickleford cruised to their target for the loss of just two wickets, as good as condemning their opponents to Division Seven cricket next season.

Division Eight

 Sajid Malik took six for 50 as Northwood Town Seconds beat Hemel Hempstead Fourths by six wickets.

Inserted first, Hemel were underwhelming with the bat and were removed for 141 as they struggled to maintain a consistent run rate.

Vinnie Liddar opened with 34 and Nick Benson made 36 but neither was supported by those around them as Hemel crumbled to 141 all out.

Malik proved pivotal, with Mikhil Patel (two for 26) assisting.

Northwood then eased to victory thanks to a half-century from Ravi Kotecha (54 not out) and 18 not out from Harshil Palan.

Trevor Radcliffe took four for 58 but it only delayed the inevitable as Northwood reached 144 for four with minimal fuss.

Division Nine

Kings Langley Thirds secured a 28-run victory over Harpenden Dolphins to move back into third place in the table.

Batting first on a very difficult pitch, Kings scored 128 all out, with David Burnell hitting 39 and Rich Davis 34.

Dolphins found the pitch just as difficult and were bowled out for 100 with the wickets being shared between Burnell, Gordon Sambidge, Joe Tasker and Scott Rolfe.

Rickmansworth Thirds climbed out of the relegation zone with a seven-wicket win at Hatfield Thirds.

Ronesh Nathwani starred with the ball, taking five for 38, which included three high-class catches from Mark Raine and Rory Cusack to restrict Hatfield to a total of 158 for nine.

Paul Blackwell (23) and Cusack (18) then gave Rickmansworth the perfect start with the bat, before Ben Soames (43 not out) and Bobby Shome (44) completed the job to push Ricky up to a winning total of 159 for three.

Abbots Langley Thirds clung on to their final wicket to draw against near-neighbours Boxmoor Seconds.

A bright Abbots start in the field saw Boxmoor tottering at 44 for four, with Bob Russell (three for 23) and Neil White (three for 55) doing the damage.

Boxmoor’s number six smashed a quick 75 as they accelerated to close on 213 all out. In reply, Abbots lost both openers for 25 and although Clive Winder (47) and Harry Khan (49) batted well, the visitors were unable to build on their partnership, closing on 156 for nine.

Division Ten

Chorleywood Thirds secured a comfortable 81-run win at home to West Herts Thirds to maintain their position in the top half of the table.

Having been asked to bat first, Wood responded with a series of solid partnerships on their way to posting 221 for nine from their 53 overs.

Openers Rob Dunstone and Martin Tyler put on 92 for the first wicket before Tyler was dismissed for 57.

Batting at number three, Alastair Gammell added a quick-fire 40, whilst most of Wood’s middle order got starts and enabled the home side to post a formidable total.

Wood then attacked the West Herts batsmen from the start, picking up early wickets and never letting the visitors gain a foothold in the game.

Opening Wood bowler Dave Harrigan was the pick of the attack with four for 35 from his two spells, whilst Will Bryant continued his excellent run of form with three for eight from his six overs.

Andrew Neal chipped in with two for 28 as Wood bowled their visitors out for 140 in the 39th over to secure the win.

Division 11 West

An excellent bowling display from 13-year-old Josh Harrod stole the show and ensured Bushey Thirds beat Mill Hill Village Thirds by 68 runs.

Bushey won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 155 on a worn pitch.

Mill Hill Village could only get 87 in reply as Harrod finished with impressive figures of six for

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