There were plenty of reasons for the Hemel Town first team to cheer as they reached the County Cup quarter-finals in a busy week of action across the borough.
Hemel Town I recorded a comfortable Herts County Cup quarter-final win over HCPL Division One side North Mymms.
Hemel bowled well, with Parth Mehta (2-22), Jack Doodson (3-30) and Hitesh Patel (2-17) all getting in among the wickets.
In reply, Matt Dale scored a resolute 50 not out and Hemel got home by a margin of six wickets after 32 overs
And in the league, Hemel Town I completed their double over Letchworth Garden City I with ease.
Bowling first, Steve Reader roped in the Letchworth top order to return figures of 10-5-16-5.
Brett Penny then cleaned out the tail with 3-19. And it was Penny who came to the fore with the bat as he smashed 97 from 122 balls to set Hemel on their way to the comfortable victory.
Elsewhere, it was a tight run thing as Hemel Town II secured their third win on the trot to move themselves up to 12th in Division 12.
Bowled out for just 114, with skipper Neil Morgan and Tom Elborn top scoring on 23, things looked bleak for Hemel.
But Bryan Davies (5-41) excelled with the ball again to move up to 27 wickets for the season so far as Hemel secured the 12-run victory.
In other action, it was a close fought draw with Wheathampstead II for Hemel Town III as the game ended with the scores level and the hosts nine wickets down.
Only three Hemel batsmen made it into double figures, led by Tom Waterton with 53 followed by John Clulow (30) and Phil Freebrey (29).
Tight bowling then kept Wheathampstead under control as Scott Radcliffe took 4-36 and Freebrey weighed in with 3-46.
Hemel Town IV, however, suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Langleybury III as they went down by nine wickets.
Jim Langley (45) was the only Hemel player to make any contribution of note, before Langleybury rattled off the runs in just 22 overs.
Meanwhile, Hemel Town V were beaten by four wickets at Redbourn III.
A young Hemel side reached 152 all out, with Graham Wright (40 n/o) and Trevor Radcliffe (33), making the biggest contributions.
In reply, Radcliffe took 3-33 and Jim Ridgewell bagged 2-38 but Redbourn comfortably reached their target.
Hemel Town I recorded a comfortable Herts County Cup quarter-final win over HCPL Division One side North Mymms. Hemel bowled well, with Parth Mehta (2-22), Jack Doodson (3-30) and Hitesh Patel (2-17) all getting in among the wickets.
In reply, Matt Dale scored a resolute 50 not out and Hemel got home by a margin of six wickets after 32 overs.
Kings Langley I maintained fifth place in Division Two with an 88-run win over bottom club Baldock.
Kings were asked to bat first and scored 179 all out with opener Les Brown top scoring with 47.
Useful contributions also came from Brad Hughes (28 n/o), Duncan Fleming (28) and Andrew Burnell (22).
Baldock gave little resistance in their reply and were bowled out for 91 in the 29th over.
Mark Brazier took 6-30 and Christian James bagged 3-34 for Kings.
Kings Langley II suffered a five-wicket defeat despite scoring 227-4 against Bentley Heath.
Tony Morton scored 124 before he was run out.Tom Clark hit 28 and Shandy Ratnakuran added 27.
Bentley Heath’s reply was a rapid one, however, as they reached their target in the 37th over. Josh Oldham took 2-31 for Kings.
Kings Langley III moved up to second place in Division 10 with a six-wicket win over Wormley II.
Kings bowled their opponents out for 136 in the 31st over as Dave Percy took 5-33 and Tim Gould snared 4-68.
In reply, Kings scored the required runs in the 21st over with Sifan Naheem hitting 47, Warwick Wood adding 33 and Sajid Mahmood finishing on 21 not out.
Elsewhere, Kings Langley IV clinched promotion from Division 14 with a three-wicket win over Harpenden VI.
Kings bowled their opponents out for 132 in the 46th over with Tom Templeton bagging 7-48 and Tony Thompson taking 3-34.
Barry Harding then led the run chase with 47 and Templeton chipped in with 26 not out.
Berkhamsted I fell way short in their run chase against St Albans II.
Batting first, St Albans posted a total of 244-9, with Riaz Richards (6-83) putting in an excellent shift with the ball for Berko.
In reply, openers Andrew Joyce (34) and Lee Mason (37) got Berko off to a good start, but wickets fell regularly from then onwards and the visitors were eventually bowled out for 199.
It was better news for Berkhamsted II, though as they ran out winners over Broxbourne III in a top of the table cash.
Berko bowled well and restricted their hosts to 114 all out – with Mark Lewarne snaring an impressive 8-30. In reply, Berko struggled for runs but Chris Debonnaire hit 68 as they reached their target for the loss of eight wickets.
Berkhamsted III recorded a convincing win over Hatfield & Crusaders V after bowling their opponents out for just 117.
In reply, Ian Putman hit an unbeaten 39 and Peter Dudley made 28 as Berkhamsted reached their total for the loss of just four wickets.
Abbots Langley I put in their worst performance of the season as they crashed to a 56-run defeat to Old Albanians.
Losing the toss and fielding first, Abbots struggled to keep the OAs batsmen in check, and it wasn’t until pace bowler Aiden Bryne (4-52) was brought into the attack that they got the run rate down.
Barry Warner chipped in with 2-32, as OAs ended on a very reachable 205 all out.
In reply, the usually solid Abbots batting lineup failed to fire, as only Chris Chellow (38) and Nick Gurney (22) made any score of note.
They eventually succumbed for 147 in a disappointing reply.
Meanwhile, Abbots Langley II bounced back from last week’s defeat with a much better performance to come away from Tewin with a six-wicket win.
Bowling first, Snowy White (2-28), the guile of Mick Rueth (3-13) and Matt Parkins (2-35) restricted Tewin to 186 all out on a good pitch.
Parkins then took centre stage as he smashed a fantastic 100 not out, which included 19 boundaries.
With assistance from Richard Merritt (23), Abbots cantered home in only 42 overs to keep themselves in the Division Seven promotion frame.
Abbots Langley III came away from Datchworth with a hard earned draw.
Datchworth batted first and when Abbots had them at 40-4 off the first 10 overs, things were looking good.
Unfortunately they were the last wickets Abbots took, as Datchworth eventually declared on 261-4 after 47 overs.
Abbots were never really in the hunt for the win, but veterans Clive Winder (44), Phil Lewins (33), and Parish Solanki (26) all batted well to help Abbots to the draw on a creditable 176-6.
Abbots Langley IV, however, came down to earth with a bump with a 100-run defeat against league leaders Old Elizabethians III.
Although Abbots stuck to their task when they fielded, and had Old Elizabethians at 100-5 after 30 overs, the batsmen accelerated the run rate and ended on 183-6.
Bob Russell (5-38), with his second consecutive five-wicket haul, was the only man to take wickets on a difficult afternoon for the Abbots youngsters. In reply, Abbots were soon in trouble at 22-6, but Pete Bailey (38), and Nicky Rossiter (12), batted well to help their side reach 83 all out.
Dropped catches proved costly as Chipperfield Clarendon III let five chances slip through their fingers against Potton Town.
Bowling first, Chipperdons started well but eventually let the run rate build up and the hosts reached 230-3 in 47 overs.
Chasing down the runs in only 43 overs was always going to be a big ask, but a third wicket partnership of 92 between Josh Gurney (73) and George Wheeler (45) gave the visitors a brief glimpse of victory.
Once they had departed, a rising run rate was never going to be achieved and Chipperfield Clarendon finished on 171- 6 to secure the draw.
The Redbourn first team recorded their fourth win of the season this weekend, away to league leaders Met Police Bushey.
Elsewhere, the seconds had to settle for a draw with Flitwick II, as bowlers from both sides struggled to come to terms with the batsman-friendly wicket.
The third and fourth teams, meanwhile, both won to complete a good weekend for the club