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Kings Langley retain Herts County Trophy crown
2:00pm Friday 14th September 2012 in Sport
Kings Langley made history by becoming the first ever side to retain the Herts County Trophy by defeating Met Police Bushey by just eight runs on Sunday.
Batting first, Langley posted a competitive total of 215 thanks to a vital contribution from Varman Ratnakuman.
The Langley top order failed to add major value, with Joe Cooke scoring 32 – the highest score out of the top six.
Kings were at 119 for six and with lots of overs to go, the prospects looked grim before Ratnakuman (63) entered the fray and found a worthy ally in Brad Hughes (37).
After the break, excellent opening spells by Mark Brazier and Andrew Burnell gave Kings early control.
Met Police were still able to build an important base, reaching 58 before Ratnakuman made the breakthrough. However, at 84 for one Bushey looked favourites.
Skipper Christian James turned to spin with Ratnakuman bowling through his ten overs with control. But it was the introduction of part-time bowler Mitchell Roberts that turned the game back in Langley’s favour.
With Roberts and James (one for 24) bowling tightly, wickets fell and Bushey needed 40 with just two wickets in hand.
Brazier then claimed the ninth wicket before skipper James took the winning catch to end a fine season for his side.