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Hemel Hempstead beaten by St Albans in Chess Valley Sunday League
2:00pm Friday 10th August 2012 in Local Sport
CHESS VALLEY SUNDAY LEAGUE
The Duckworth Lewis method decided the outcome of the clash between Hemel Hempstead Town and St Albans, with the latter emerging victorious.
Hemel batted first and strong innings from Jay O’Nien (38) and Josh Graves (46) lifted the hosts to a powerful position, before Sam Jenkinson entered the fray to send the total racing to 195 for nine.
St Albans’ openers started strongly, taking them to 75 before the first fall of wicket. Bowler Gareth James started to get into his stride and break down the top order, with three for 14.
However, with a sudden rain shower, the final outcome was decided on run rates, and St Albans – sitting on 155 for five – were awarded the win.
Abbots Langley remain top of the division following a 22-run victory against Harrow Town.
Langley posted a total of 189 all out in 43 overs, with Poojan Vyas and George Agius making 39 each. Parth Mehta added a knock of 29 and Nick Gurney struck a useful 18.
With the ball, Mehta took four for 20 and Neil White claimed three for 42. Blesson Ghoghe also collected two wickets as Harrow were skittled for 167.
Langleybury were outclassed by Uxbridge to dent their promotion hopes this season.
Bridge, who won the toss, elected to bat. Langleybury had them largely on the back foot with some tight controlled bowling, particularly from Josh Roe and Ollie Illott.
However, a host of strong middle-order partnerships set the total racing and put Uxbridge in a commanding position, finishing on 255 for seven.
Langleybury knew they had to respond quickly but their aggressive mentality played into Uxbridge’s hands as they ripped through the top and middle order to leave the hosts languishing at one stage on 67 for seven.
Kevin Kelly tried to restore parity to the innings but it was all too little, too late, as Bury were dispatched for 113 all out.
Experienced Harrow St Mary’s Seconds made easy work of their victory against a young Hemel Hempstead Town Seconds outfit.
Will Langley impressed most for the youngsters, scoring 31 at the top of the order. Aaron Wilson impressed too with his unbeaten 22 not out.
However, despite Stan Hayden taking an early wicket, the Harrow outfit rarely looked troubled and quickly raced to their victorious total of 123 for one.
Northwood Town slipped to defeat against North Mymms.
Town opened the batting and an early collapse saw them tumble to 110 all out. There were some crumbs of comfort however, with Akshay Loomba notching 25 off 30 balls.
In response, their bowlers got off to the perfect start with an early wicket, but Mymms were able to steady their nerves as Dean Crawford (76 not out) guided them to their winning total of 114 for two.