Heath Park Cup first round throws up plenty of drama

There have been plenty of thrills and spills in the first round of the Adex-sponsored Heath Park Cup 2015 as teams from in and around Dacorum battle it out for local bragging rights.

One of the stand-out results so far saw Abbots overcome Kings in the battle of the Langleys as they hit 152-7 in reply to their neighbours’ score of 150-8.

Elsewhere, Northchurch saw off Chiperfield Clarendon, and Ivinghoe & Pitstone were victorious against Berkhamsted – quite a coup from the side who also beat Tring Park in 2013.

With the Little Gaddesden/Potten End team hitting 168-7 to see off Boxmoor (109 all out), this sets up an interesting game between Ivinghoe & Pitstone and Little Gaddesden/Potten End in the second round.

Arguably the tie of the first round saw Hemel Town get the better of Tring Park in a closely fought game.

Tring batted first and finished on 134-5, which was a good hauling back by Hemel as Tring were 72-2 after 10 overs.

Duncan Maddinson scored 41 and Tom Haw notched 34 for Tring, while Hemel bowler Brett Penny had figures of 2-16 from his five overs and Parth Mehta snared 1-26 from his five.

At the same 10-over stage, Hemel had only managed 51, but crucially for the loss of only one wicket.

Brett Penny opened and made 53, Tom Elborn clubbed 26 and Chris Blunt (18 n/o) and Sam Jenkinson (19 n/o) saw Hemel through to 135-4 off the last ball of Maddison’s last over.

A trip to Leverstock Green A in the next round is the reward for Hemel.

There are still two first round games to be played – Langleybury v Met Police, and Leverstock Green B v Watford Town – and these are due to take place next week.

Second round draw: Abbots Langley v Langleybury or Met Police; Leverstock Green B or Watford Town v Northchurch; Ivinghoe & Pitstone v Little Gaddesden/Potten End; Leverstock Green A v Hemel Hempstead Town.