A draw against Ampthill Town last weekend means Shenley Village remain top of the Herts League Division One

Shenley Village hold title rivals to hold onto top spot

Shenley Village hold title rivals to hold onto top spot

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Shenley Village remain top of the Saracens Herts League Division One after a draw against second-placed Ampthill Town.

Having won the toss, Shenley elected to bat, with openers Charlie Thurston (90) and Lloyd Willingham (44) putting on an opening partnership of 122 by the time Willingham was removed in the 26th over.

The runs continued to flow though, with Kris Nissen (33) and Tom Bruce (39) making important contributions at the crease. The lower order also chipped in, with 15-year-old Jordan Urban (16 not out) playing with a maturity beyond his tender years as the hosts closed on 268 for eight from 53 overs.

Ampthill spinner B.Slawinski took five wickets for the visitors but they came at a cost of 81 runs from his 21-over spell.

Opener Bardon hit 54 – including nine fours – before being trapped leg before wicket by Nikhil Borkhatria. At number three, J.Kerr put on a good knock of 58 before he was caught by Matthew Evans off the bowling of Nissen (two for 62).

Sixty-two from G.Mohle showed there was some fight left in the Ampthill line-up still but by the time he was run out by Willingham, the away side were drifting towards a draw.

Five dropped catches cost Shenley Village, who were unable to make any further breakthrough but made sure to keep their opponents’ run-rate down, with Ampthill finishing on 222 for four.

Stuart Browne took four for 31 as Radlett strengthened their Premier Division title claim with a 74-run win at third-place Harpenden.

Inserted into bat, Radlett were off to a shaky start when opener Kabir Toor (3) was dismissed early on. Jonathan McLean’s (29) arrival at the crease saw a good partnership forged with Fraser Crawford (51), with the pair boosting the score to 86 for two by the time McLean was run out by Dan Wightman.

Shane Burger came to the crease and put on 33 before being caught by Ben Frazer off the bowling of Wightman. Further runs were provided by Matt Creese (42), as visitors Radlett were eventually removed for 203.

Nick Lamb was the pick of the Harpenden bowler, finishing with two for six, whilst Will Jones took two for 33.

Browne (four for 31) and Creese (three for 13) took apart the hosts’ top-order, with Gregg Cooper, Ben Frazer (6) and James Latham (13) removed by Browne.

The home side were unable to build any momentum and at 61 for seven, it took some late resistance from Alex Spencer (25) and Simon White (22) to prevent a more comprehensive victory for Radlett.

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