It was a busy weekend of cricket as the Dacorum sides got the 2013 season up-and-running – despite some heavy rain.
Tring Park I convincingly won their opening game of the 2013 league season against newly-promoted North Mymms.
Captain Keith Dutch was the star with the bat for Tring, making 86 from 99 balls as they finished on 258/9.
In reply, North Mymms were never near the required run rate and the game was finished with a smart stumping by Robin Pritchard.
Tring Park II, meanwhile, picked up a win over Wokingham in the opening game in Division 2A of the Thames Valley League.
Wokingham’s total of 125 suggested that it was not an easy batting wicket and although a Tring victory was never really in doubt it did take more than 36 overs.
Mark Bater opened the batting and scored a patient 39. After he was caught, the responsibility of seeing Tring home was taken up by Dan Plumeridge who scored five fours and a six over mid-wicket before Steve Meager’s straight drive for four brought up victory.
Hemel Hempstead Town
Hemel Town I got off to a poor start to the 2013 HCPL season as they were beaten by Hoddesdon I.
Batting first, Brett Penny (83) and Hem Ilangaratne (57) put on 125 for the first Hemel wicket in 33 overs.
Nick Hodgins added 27 not out to help Hemel up to 241-4. Hoddesdon batted steadily in reply and snuck home with four balls to spare. Hodgins (3-45) and Penny (2-33) were the main wicket takers for Hemel.
In other action, rain put paid to Hemel Town IIs clash with Welwyn Garden City II just as Hemel had got the upper hand.
Batting first, Hemel had managed to put together 166-8 thanks largely to Neil Morgan (55) and Tom Elborn (35).
Good bowling from Billy May and Bryan Davies then left Welwyn struggling on 54-3, before the heavens opened and the game was called off.
Hemel Town III narrowly failed to beat Flitwick II as they were left needing just one more wicket.
Hemel were struggling at 40-4, but 68 from Ram Hussein, assisted by 39 from Will Langley and 13 from Andy Turbutt, saw them up to 178.
Then 3-34 from Phil Freebrey and 3-50 from Ross Chapman put Hemel in command, but Flitwick held out for the draw
Elsewhere, Hemel IV moved to the top of Division Eight with a comfortable win over Totteridge Millhillians IV.
Ben Dumpleton was the star with the ball for Hemel, picking up 6-44 from his 15 overs.
Captain Steve Smith then led the chase with 57, before Ryan Wilson (20 n/o) and Rahul Kedia (10 n/o) saw Hemel home.
Three centuries were scored on the same day for Northchurch teams – with two coming in the first XI’s draw at home to Cockfosters.
Australian Levi Thomson-Matthews was the first to reach the landmark on his way to 143 not out.
George Liveing then reached his first league ton with 102 from 96 balls as Northchurch declared on 290-3.
With 18 overs lost to rain delays, a five-wicket haul for Darren James (5-68) and two wickets for David Vila helped Northchurch to seven bowling points as Cockfosters closed on 163-7.
The third of Saturdays hundreds was claimed by second XI Australian Jeff Lituri, as his unbeaten 126 from 123 balls helped Northchurch II to beat Langleybury III by six wickets.
Lituri had earlier bowled 20 overs for 2-79, and Oli Johnson also collected 2-71 as Langleybury declared on 200-5 from 52 overs.
Opener Lituri batted through the innings with support from skipper Ali Fantham (24 n/o) as Northchurch reached their target with three overs to go.
Kings Langley I recorded a comfortable five-wicket over St Margaretsbury.
Kings fielded first and Mark Brazier (4-33), Les Brown (2-19), Ben Joyce (2-20) and Andrew Burnell (1-15) helped to bowl the visitors out for 103.
Kings lost Nigel Barlow when the score was on 9, but some steady batting by Brown (55) and Kevin Rolfe (14) pushed the score to 84 before Brad Hughes (24 n/o) secured victory in the 28th over.
Kings Langley II, meanwhile, were on course for victory before the rain dashed their hopes against St Margaretsbury II.
Batting first, openers Duncan Fleming (58) and Minesh Patel (46) put on 113 for the first Kings wicket. Tom Clark (47) and Tony Morton (20) took the score to 210-9 off 53 overs, and Duane Smith (4-49) had St Margaretsbury in trouble at 101-7 before the rain came.
Elsewhere, Kings Langley III were well on top against Hitchin III, with their hosts reeling on 75-7.
However, the rain came and the match was abandoned as a no result – with both teams receiving 10 points.
After appearing to be on their way to an easy win, Berkhamsted II were made to work hard for a one-wicket victory at rainy London Colney II.
Excellent bowling from Steve Dight helped restrict the hosts to a reachable 160, and Berko started well in reply.
However, a batting collapse ensued and the visitors needed a last-wicket smash from Tim Sims to get them over the line.
Chipperfield Clarendon III saw off St Albans IV by 33 runs in their first outing of the campaign.
A solid opening partnership of 83 from Warren Gregory (53) and Dave Bunning (30) looked to have set up a good platform on which to build a match winning total, but a collapse ensued and the home side struggled to reach 154 all out.
Wickets fell regularly in reply, however, and Guy Kempston (4-29) and Chris Buckingham (3-36) got the job done for Chipperfield Clarendon.
A miserable afternoon on Redbourn common saw the clash between Old Owens and Redbourn I abandoned for bad light with just two overs remaining.
Redbourn bowlers John Fleming (4-49) and Dan Roe (3-37) did most of the damage with the ball for Redbourn as Old Owens declared on 196-9.
After tea, Dan Roe and James Bunce took the Redbourn score to 103 with a partnership of 82.
Redbourn needed 23 to win off the last two overs, but the fading light brought the game to an end.
Meanwhile, Redbourn II were thrashed by Hoddesdon II as they were bowled out for 137.
David Wright (33) and U14 player Tom Copp (27) were the best of the Redbourn batsmen, but Hoddesden sailed to the target for the loss of just one wicket.
It was better news for the Redbourn thirds as they drew with Mill Hill Village III in their second match of the season.
Redbourn openers Josh Arnold (22) and Paul Copp (37) plundered 53 off the first four overs, before Martin Benfield (80) and Marcus Oriel (36) helped the side to an imposing total of 229-5.
In reply, Mill Hill were never really in the chase and Duncan Lennox took 3-55. The Mill Hill tail held firm, though, and they earned the draw at 158-8.
Elsewhere, Redbourn IV picked up a comfortable 50-run victory over Welwyn Garden City V.
Jack Blair (28) and skipper John Pritchard (75) were the pick of the batsmen as Redbourn reached a total of 150.
The match was evenly balanced at the half-way point but Blair stole the show with an excellent spell of fast bowling to finish with figures of 5-7 from his six overs as Welwyn collapsed to 93 all out.
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