A parish cricket club have been celebrating after the most successful weekend in their 50-year history.

Aldenham CC beat Shenley Village III to clinch Division Seven B of the Saracens Herts League on Saturday and followed that up by retaining the Herts Village Trophy 20-over tournament in nail-biting fashion on finals day at Knebworth Park on Sunday.

Competing in their highest division to date since joining the league in 2016, Aldenham won the league with two games to play.

The home side bowled out second-placed Shenley for 144 in 34 overs to seal the title, having set a target of 228.

Aldenham started shakily and were 38-3, but Kuz Barot top-scored with a 71 and Itty Haque whacked the ball to all parts, scoring 52 from 32 balls, before Tim Hale finished unbeaten on 35.

The reigning Herts Village Trophy champions had it all to do the following day to retain their crown as they had to face two teams both five divisions above them, defeating Frogmore in the semi-final before they again met Potten End in a repeat of last year’s final.

Old foes Frogmore were seen off in emphatic fashion as Aldenham chased 150 in just 13.1 overs for the loss of only one wicket.

Chris Munroe took the attack to Frogmore, scoring a magnificent unbeaten century off just 48 balls to win the game and set up the clash with Potten End.

The defending champions set their opponents a target of 178 after making a great start, with Munroe (55) and Andy Tyrer (36) putting on 99 for the first wicket in ten overs.

Despite three wickets from Michael Ward, Potten End took the final to the wire and needed 14 from the last over.

However, death bowler Hale held his nerve to see his side over the winning line by just one run.