Leverstock Green clinch the title with final day victory over Old Owens

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The final day of the 2015 Saracens Herts League season saw Leverstock Green I beat Old Owens to make certain of the Division 2A title – having already secured promotion the previous week.

And the crown was secured by club legend Dave Tyson who hit a six over square leg to take Green’s score past 185 – the total needed to earn the six bonus points required to make sure of the divisional gong.

A final Levy target of 219 – thanks in the main to a classy 56 n/o from Ajit Kumar and Kris Jadeja’s 48 – proved 75 runs too many for hosts Old Owens.

Majid Khan’s 5-32 took his seasonal league haul of wickets to 33, while seam partner Adam Thomas clocked up 40 dismissals for the campaign with 2-38 to help remove Owens for 144 and seal promotion to Division One.

Leverstock Green II slipped into the relegation places for the first time in the season and lost their Division 4B status after a defeat at home to champions Sandridge.

Their fall from mid-table security was dramatic throughout August. The side recorded just one of its five wins in total after the end of June.

A familiar tale – not enough runs – ensued at The Green on Saturday. Asked to bat in bowler-friendly conditions, Levy crawled to 115 all out from nearly 45 overs against champions-elect Sandridge. That the top contribution was 27 extras was telling.

Levy repaid the compliment to the visitors, though, bowling 27 wides as Sandridge wrapped up victory – and the title - for the loss of one wicket.

Jamie Wallis, who has done a fine job in testing circumstances in his first year as a captain following last year’s promotion, has already vowed to lead the team to promotion in Division 5A at the first time of asking.

Gareth Tucker signed off his sterling service of recent years as Leverstock Green III skipper with a last-ball defeat – although those on the field at Knebworth Park IV were left with a different idea of what the result should have been.

Graham Evans (65) can be pleased with yet another patient and valuable contribution at the top of the Levy order as the 3s reached 142-8 from a rain-reduced 45 overs.

Several economical contributions with the ball from Green meant that Knebworth found themselves at 142 with one ball remaining.

Strong appeals for a run-out from the game’s last delivery weren’t upheld, however, meaning the already-relegated hosts were able to record a two-wicket win, with Levy’s mid-table finish confirmed some weeks ago.

Two dismissals for 15-year-old Arslaan Saleem and 13-year-old Jay Odedra’s wicket were the bowling highlights for Leverstock Green IV who ended the summer with a five-wicket win over Boxmoor IV at Parmiter’s.

Boxmoor lost just four wickets during their 45 overs, but were only able to set Green a target of 121.

After a few early scares, avoided by opener Andy Welch (21), Mark Pearson (30) and Derrick Sheldon (34) came together for an unbeaten sixth-wicket stand to win the game and see Green to a comfortable mid-table finish.