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Chorleywood unbeaten season continues
12:00pm Friday 7th September 2012 in Sport
SARACENS HERTS LEAGUE
Newly-crowned division champions Chorleywood are one game away from an unbeaten season after the secured a four-wicket victory against Old Finchleians on Saturday.
After winning the toss, Old Finchleians made the surprising decision to bat first. It was a choice they were made to regret as Chorleywood skittled their opponents for just 67. Jonathan Rice picked up five 32 from his 14 overs and Ryan Evans claimed three for 32 in his last game for the club. Peter Dunning finished the innings off with a wicket in his only over.
Wood then struggled to reach their target as they lost wickets quickly at the start of the innings.
But Rohan Lee held firm as wickets tumbled around him with 26 before being dismissed. Dunning got his side home as he struck 20 not out.
Kings Langley ensured their promotion challenge will go down to the final day after they secured a 52-run win against Dunstable.
Kings batted first and reached 208 all out in 53 overs. Paul Ashford top-scored with 57 and there were useful contributions from Mark Brazier (27 not out) and Joe Cooke (26).
Kings then bowled steadily and kept taking wickets at regular intervals to finally dismiss Dunstable for 156 in the 41st over.
Christian James claimed three for 55, with Varman Ratnakuranan taking two for ten.
There were also two wickets apiece for Andrew Burnell and Brazier.
Hemel Hempstead Town Seconds’ good bowling performance helped them record a 47-run win against neighbours Leverstock Green.
On a difficult batting track, Hemel managed to reach 146 all out. Giles Berry top-scored with 55 and the hosts felt that it was a total they could defend.
Spinners Bryan Davies (seven for 48) and Faisal Iqbal (two for 37) performed well with the ball and Leverstock never got going.
They were all out for just 99 as Hemel eased their way through the Green batting order.
A disappointing performance with the bat meant Abbots Langley suffered a four-wicket defeat against Preston.
After losing the toss, Abbots began well, with openers Craig Smith and Blesson Ghoghe seeing off the new ball.
Michael Burgess and Nick Laws continued to build the innings well and Langley looked in a good position on 67 for two.
However, once that pair was dismissed, Abbots suffered a big collapse and were all out for just 99.
It didn’t look a big enough score to defend and Preston reached their target in 39.1 overs for the loss of six wickets.
Northwood’s bowling attack proved too strong for Chipperfield Clarendon as they secured a comfortable 109-run win.
Northwood won the toss and elected to bat and with Danny Rodgers leading the way on 82, Stuart Reeve (29) and Cameron Unicomb (26) also added important runs as Northwood posted a total of 207 for six.
In reply, Chipperfield had no answer to Simon Noach and James Lewis, with the former taking five for 34 and Lewis five for 58.
The duo’s impressive performances saw Clarendon dismissed with just 97 posted.
Langleybury Seconds' relegation was confirmed as they were beaten by four wickets against St Albans Seconds on Saturday.
After losing the toss on a green wicket, Bury were inserted and lost openers Matt Stone and Matt Elgey early into the innings.
Josh Godden (35) and Matt Fry (22) helped build the score and Nigel Illott’s contribution of 30 not out meant that Bury posted a reasonable final total of 145 for nine off 53 overs.
Knowing a victory was needed to avoid the drop, Langleybury opened with spinners Eddie Gunning and Andy Stone.
The duo kept the St Albans score down to 20 off the first 15 overs and, after a great run out from Rishil Druva, Bury looked like they had a chance of taking victory.
Debutant Ollie Ilott claimed a wicket for 18 runs off his six overs but St Albans chipped away at the run rate to get home with nine balls to spare.
Northwood Town ensured their relegation worries were ended by defeating promotion hopefuls Luton Town and Indians Seconds by 85 runs.
After losing the toss, Town were inserted but Akshay Loomba (19) and Kyle Lawrence (59) started strongly.
Phil Carter (23) joined Lawrence at the crease and they added a partnership of 89 to put Northwood in control.
Town were in a strong position at 180 for five but a mini-collapse occurred. However, Veer Vadgama (30) ensured the maximum ten batting points as the hosts finished their innings on 212 for nine.
Luton seemed to be cruising in their reply at 70 without loss but Dom Whyley’s sensational spell turned the contest.
Whyley worked his way through the order to end with seven for 29. He was supported by Vadgama (three for 57) and the duo dismissed Luton for 127.
Town’s efforts were rewarded when news came through that other results had meant they can go into the last game of the season assured of survival.
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