No stopping mighty Mitch as Kings’ records tumble

21/5/2011'Kings Langley 11 CC fielding against Southgate Adelaide.'Michael Owens
21/5/2011'Kings Langley 11 CC fielding against Southgate Adelaide.'Michael Owens

MITCH Roberts broke Kings Langley’s individual batting record this week as he plundered 200 against Wendover.

Andrew Burnell added his second ton of the season to help the total.

Wendover responded bravely in defeat, and the 40-over-a-side match totalled an incredible 699 runs.

Meanwhile, the Kings Langley firsts were beaten by seven wickets by Southgate Adelaide.

Paul Ashford (102 not out), Kevin Rolfe (54 not out) and Roberts (50) were the pick of the Kings batsmen as the side hit 260-3, but they could not contain a strong Southgate batting line-up.

Kings Langley II, though, secured a three wicket win over Southgate Adelaide II, with Duane Smith taking figures of 6-56.

Oli Toms (56 not out) saw the side home past their 150 run target.

Elsewhere, Kings Langley III slipped to a 41 run defeat to Welwyn Garden City IV.

Welwyn set a target of 212 all out, with Gareth Downes taking 5-43, and despite the best efforts of Roy Barter (45) and Shandy Ratnakunran (54 not out), the total proved too much for Kings to chase down.

Kings Langley IV, though, picked up a win against Preston IV.

Batting first, Kings were helped to a total of 181 by Rob Hildrich’s 58, before the bowling combination of Nick Archer (6-31) and Mike Newland (4-25) restricted Preston to 153.

It was a good week for the Hemel Town first team, meanwhile, as they ended Hoddesdon’s unbeaten start to the season.

Town dismissed their visitors for 199, with Nick Hodgins (2-48) and Cameron Hutcheon (3-59) making top contributions with the ball.

In reply, Hemish Ilangaratne’s 43 set Hemel on their way, and after a nervous spell, Ifzal Nawaz and Hutcheon saw Town home.

Hemel Town II also picked up a win as they comfortably saw off Northwood.

Bryan Davies (4-47) and Duncan Howard (4-37) helped to restrict Northwood to 137 all out, before fourth-wicket pairing Kam Ahktar (54 not out) and Tom Elborn (29) calmly guided the side to victory.

Elsewehere, Hemel Town III picked up a 10-run win over Flamstead I.

From a position of 46-6, Hemel’s Rory Fraser (59) and Andy Turbutt (35) helped the side to a total of 186.

The Hemel bowlers then got the job done as Roger Doodson (4-48), Adam Moulster (3-64) and Rory Fraser (2-24) restricted Flamstead to 176 all out.

Hemel IV, though, suffered a heavy defeat at Radlett IV, as the hosts were able to surpass Town’s total of 138 in just 22 overs.

It was bad news for Hemel Town V too, as they went down to Tewin II after being bowled out for a total of 94.

The sixth side made up for it, however, with a crushing defeat of Stevenage VI.

Vinnie Kiddar (88) helped the side to set a target of 224, before fine bowling from the Hemel trio of Fazal Noordeen (3-13), George Head (3-16) and Stan Hayden (4-30) demolished the Stevenage batsmen for 90.

Meanwhile, there was another high score set – this time at Boxmoor – as Brook Townsend and Adam Cullinane secured a record partnership of 279 in their Sunday game.

Townsend also hit 115 on Saturday, meaning he hit 281 this weekend alone, and has 759 already this season.