Hemel Town have been crowned Dacorum T20 champions after beating Kings Langley by seven wickets in the final of the Adex-sponsored Heath Park Cup.
Kings won the toss and chose to bat, but tight opening bowling from Billy May (0-24) and Brad Finch (1-28) meant that they only made it to 50 runs in the 10th over for the loss of Paul Ashford (11).
Always chasing the runs from then on, Kings were never able to break free from the Hemel bowling.
Brett Penny picked up 2-18 from three overs, Steve Reader snared 2-28 from his five overs, and then man of the match Jack Doodson cleaned out the remaining batsmen with 3-13 from his two overs.
Opening batsman Simon Walker top scored for Kings with 27, while Mark Brazier contributed 25 in the middle.
Knocks of 17 from Tom Sambrook and 16 from Christian James where the next double figure scores, with 42 for the fifth wicket the between Brazier and James representing Kings’ best partnership.
To go with the tight bowling, Hemel’s catching was impeccable – with all eight wickets caught, including three by Jay O’Nien. Kings ended up on 115-8 from their 20 overs.
Kings initially managed to keep Hemel’s batting reply under control and, after five overs, they were only on 212 with openers Penny (6) and O’Nien (7) back in the hutch.
But skipper Josh Graves (48) and Doodson (52 n/o) then took to the fore and put on 76 for the third wicket to push Hemel closer to victory.
In the end, Hemel got to 120-3 after 18.4 overs to win by seven wickets with eight balls remaining.
Graves scored five 4s in his 48 and Doodson hit two 6s and four 4s in his knock. Matt Wells took the only Kings bowling wicket as the other two Hemel casualties were run outs.