Hemel Town CC first XI lose out in the ECB Royal London Club Championship

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Hemel Town I lost out in the first round of the ECB Royal London Club Championship as they were beaten by Harrow St Mary’s I.

Put in by Middlesex League side Harrow, Hemel made it to 98-4 at the halfway stage of their 45 overs with only skipper Hem Ilangaratne (87) remaining of their top line batsmen.

Jack Doodson (49) and Chris Blunt (40 n/o) were able to move things along but Hemel ended on 238-6 from their 45 overs.

With early over fielding restrictions, Kasthuri went off like a train for Harrow, scoring 70 from just 55 balls – reducing the runs per over down from 5 to 3.5.

The following batsmen kept the tempo going and, despite two late wickets for Brad Finch (2-40), Harrow got home with 15 balls to spare.

Elsewhere, Hemel Town III were beaten in a friendly game away at Winchmore Hill against Hampstead III.

Batting first, Hampstead were indebted to Malhotra who hit a majestic 127 not out, with last man Sunderland (28 n/o) seeing them to 248-9 in 45 overs.

That proved to be the difference as Hemel made it to 201 all out from 39 overs. Will Langley (67) led the middle of the innings but Hampstead’s score proved just too much to chase.

On Sunday, Hemel were beaten by North Mymms in the Readers Herts 20/20 Cup. Mymms won the toss and batted first – racing off to 50-1 in the first five overs while fielding restrictions were in place.

Hemel did well then to haul Mymms back to a reasonable score of 138-5 when it had looked like being much more. Spinners Parth Metha (1-18) and Richard Morton (2-20) managed to keep things under control in their four overs each.

Hemel did not get off to the same start, though, and after their first five overs were 17-2, with Josh Graves (0) and Jack Doodson (6) back in the hutch. Jim Southgate opened the Mymms bowling with spin and returned figures of 4-1-8-2 which saw off the Hemel chase.

Other tight bowling through the Mymms attack meant that, despite 34 from Chris Blunt and 25 from Brad Finch, Hemel ended up 30 runs short of victory.