BOTANY BAY’S difficult season in the Saracens Hertfordshire County Cricket League Championship continued on Saturday when they suffered an eight-wicket defeat at home to Langleybury.
Sergio Fedee (84) and Shadrach Gittens-Browne (61) played well for Bay as they amassed 257-8 before declaring, but it was not enough as Nahim Amin (101 not out), Mohammed Manzoor (75) and Chetan Depala (62 not out) helped the visitors to race to 261-2 in reply in just 35.3 overs.
Cockfosters were also comprehensively outplayed in their Division Two B match – being beaten by 140 runs at Old Elizabethans.
Shaun Gomes smashed 102 out of the hosts’ total of 224, with Sam Barker taking 5-50 – and Cockfosters never looked like reaching their target as they could only make 84 in reply.
Meanwhile, Southgate Compton managed to hang on for a draw in their match at home to Hertford II in Division Three A.
Hertford made 230-7 batting first, with Jamie Riddle hitting an unbeaten 123 and Compton just managed to stave off the threat of defeat as they closed on 216-9. Adil Raja top-scored with 64, while Hugh Cavener took 5-66.
However, Southgate Adelaide eased to an six-wicket win at home to Watford Town II in Division Four A.
Jay Vala was the hosts’ star performer – firstly taking 5-32 as Watford could only make 122 batting first and then smashing an unbeaten 52 off 42 balls to help Adelaide ease to 123-4 in reply.
But Northampton Exiles were beaten by ten runs at home by Ampthill Town II in Division Four B.
A low-scoring match saw Ampthill dismissed for 123 batting first, but the Exiles could only make 113 in reply despite 38 from Amit Naik.