Kings show no mercy as Hatfield take a thrashing

6/8/2011'Kings Langley Cricket Club fielding against Boxmoor.'Richard Whitlock bowls for Kings Langley.
6/8/2011'Kings Langley Cricket Club fielding against Boxmoor.'Richard Whitlock bowls for Kings Langley.

KINGS Langley picked up a crushing nine-wicket victory over Hatfield as they maintained their position in fifth place in the Division Three league table.

Batting first, Hatfield reached 83-3 but collapsed to 105 all out in the 44th over. Rob Clark (4-18), Christian James (2-16), Adam Griffiths (2-35) and Mark Brazier (1-33) did the damage for Kings.

6/8/2011'Kings Langley Cricket Club fielding against Boxmoor.'Alex Humphrey batting for Boxmoor.

6/8/2011'Kings Langley Cricket Club fielding against Boxmoor.'Alex Humphrey batting for Boxmoor.

In reply, Kings made light work of reaching their target, doing so in the 23rd over. Kevin Rolfe (50 n/o) and Paul Ashford (37 n/o) did most of the damage for Kings, while Joe Cooke scored 15.

Meanwhile, Kings Langley II and Boxmoor served up a treat in their entertaining draw in Division Seven.

Boxmoor batted first and reached 243-4 – declaring in the 51st over – with former Kings player Ross Bargent top-scoring with 73 not out.

Kings were reduced to 20-3 in reply but recovered to 79-5, before eventually finishing three runs short of victory.

6/8/2011'Kings Langley Cricket Club fielding against Boxmoor.'Ian Gorringe is out.

6/8/2011'Kings Langley Cricket Club fielding against Boxmoor.'Ian Gorringe is out.

Harry Sambrook was the mainstay of the Kings innings, reaching 80 not out, while Logan Turner (25) and skipper Mike Cooke (24) added valuable contributions.

Prateek Malhotra was the star with the ball for Boxmoor as he finished with figures of 6-95.

Elsewhere, in Division 10, Kings Langley III stormed to a 121-run victory over North Mymms III.

Kings batted first and had reached 172-5 thanks largely to fine knocks from Minish Patel (46) and Tony Morton (43), before collapsing to 194 all out.

In reply, Mymms were rocked by a devastating opening over by Michael Owens who took two wickets for no runs, before bagging two wickets for four runs in the second over, leaving the visitors on 10-4.

From then on, there was only going to be one winner, and Kings cruised to victory in emphatic style.

Owens finished with figures of 4-13, while Shandy Ratnakuranan (2-9) and Tim Gould (2-19) also chipped in with wickets.

In Division 14, Kings Langley IV were made to settle for a draw at Wheathampstead III.

Batting first, Kings posted a target of 209-9 of 47 overs, with Barry Harding (108) recording his maiden century.

In reply, Wheathampstead made a poor start and were 12-2, before slowly climbing to 70-5.

The hosts had a clear game plan – to avoid defeat at all costs – and batted cautiously for the rest of the game to reach 159-7 at the close and leave the Kings side frustrated.