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Langleybury Thirds beaten by Botany Bay
12:40pm Friday 7th September 2012 in Sport
Saracens Herts Cricket League
Langleybury Thirds’ disappointing campaign continued as they suffered a four-wicket defeat against in-form Botany Bay.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Bury got over the loss of an early wicket to reach 37 for one.
But a flurry of wickets then fell and the score moved to 51 for six before Sean Palmer and Paul Crawley (43) put on a partnership of 62 to get the final total to 131 all out.
The score would be difficult to defend but Kevin Kelly (five for 45) bowled well to give the home side a chance of victory.
But despite their best efforts, Bury couldn’t claim victory and Bay reached their target in the 49th over with four wickets in hand. Hemel Hempstead Town Fourths suffered seven-wicket loss against Waltham Cross Rosedale Seconds – who confirmed their promotion with the victory.
Only three Hemel batsmen made it to double figures as they were dismissed with just 125 on the board. Chris Nuttal (23) Aaron Wilson (31) and Ram Hussain (26) were the only players to add real value to the Hemel total.
It was a score which never looked like troubling Waltham Cross and they eased to their target in the 22nd over for the loss of just three wickets.
The three scalps were shared among the Hemel bowlers, with Matt Batemen, Hussain and Ben Dumpleton all taking one wicket.
Abbots Langley Thirds failed to perform with the bat and were comfortably defeated by seven wickets against North Mymms Thirds.
Langley could only post a total of 91 all out, with Jaymin Borkhatria, John Battams and Daniel Roche the only players to make an impact with the bat.
Anish Khiroya, Chris Theaker and Paresh Solanki all claimed a wicket apiece but Mymms reached their target with little trouble.
Chorleywood Thirds were well beaten in their final match of the season, going down by seven wickets against Pirton.
Batting first, Wood started badly as they slumped to 14 for three.
However, Steve Dunning top-scored with 23 and Nick Rice secured a batting bonus point as his 21 not out left Wood with a final total of 140 for eight.
Pirton continued their domination of the game as they raced to their target in the 26th over – the only highlight with the ball for Wood was a brisk spell six-over spell form Gavin Brown, who took one for 16.
Kings Langley Thirds’ faint hopes of promotion were extinguished after they were held to a draw against Frogmore. Kings reached a modest 149 all out in 52 overs, with Gordon Sambidge top-scoring with 58.
Langley had worked their way through the Frogmore batsmen but were unable to take the final crucial wicket needed for victory as their opponents hung on at 136 for nine.
Tony Morton was impressive with the ball, claiming seven for 65. Northwood Thirds were beaten by 74 runs in their clash with Little Berkhamsted Sahibs.
Berko batted first and amassed a good total of 213 for six off their 53 overs, with Paul Reeve and Kiran Kubal claiming three wickets each.
With the bat, Northwood never got going and only Rob Reeve (37) made a decent contribution to a final score of 139 all out. West Herts Thirds were easily dispatched by 106 runs away at Hertford Fourths.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Hertford performed well to post a total of 259 for seven in their 53 overs.
Peter Amos top-scored for the hosts, while Nandana De Silva and Sam Berry both took three wickets apiece for the Stags.
Their reply was shaky throughout with only one batsman scoring more than 30 runs.
Sam Berry did manage to reach 39 before being dismissed but the performance with the willow wasn’t good enough and they were all out for 153 before being dismissed.
Abbots Langley Fourths’ good form came to an abrupt end as they were defeated by 145 runs against Shenley Village Fourths.
Village scored well to reach 226 for five in 44.2 overs, with Bob Russell taking three for 65.
The Shenley bowlers were too strong in reply, dismissing Langley for just 81. Despite the defeat, young Harry Khan impressed with his second 50 of the season.
Chorleywood Fourths lost their penultimate game of the season by 70 runs against Old Elizabethans A young Wood side did well to restrict their opponents to 173 for six, but were bowled out for 103. Charles Hardcastle top-scored with 31.