The rain halts play in Hemel stalemate

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HEMEL Town I were held to a draw in a rain-affected game at West Herts I.

Hemel won the toss and elected to bat, but after a good start from Hemish Ilangaratne (56) and Brett Penny (36) the conditions dictated that Town could only post 195-7 from their 59 allotted overs.

More rain came during the West Herts innings, and Craig Weston’s 6-38 kept the hosts at bay to secure the draw.

Elsewhere, Hemel Town II also recorded a tie in their clash with Welwyn Garden City II.

In-form Hemel bowler Bryan Davies took 4-67 as Welwyn were bowled out for 182, before Josh Graves (64 n/o) set Hemel on their way in reply.

Again, though, the rain arrived to halt play and ensure the game ended as a draw.

Hemel Town III, meanwhile are in severe danger of relegation from division six with only one game of the season remaining.

The side’s latest loss came at the hands of Hertford III, in a game they will feel they could have won.

Faisal Iqbal’s 4-10 had put Hemel in a strong position as Hertford were bowled out for 135, but Town struggled from the off in reply.

The side were in trouble at 35-5 and, despite Scott Radcliffe’s 33, Hemel came up 16 runs short of their target.

And there was further disappointment for the club as the fourth XI were beaten by Old Albanian II.

The result leaves them staring relegation in the face with only a clash with table-topping Eversholt II left to play.

Ben Dumpleton (4-37) was the pick of the Hemel players in the 44-run loss.