Heavy defeat continues Botany Bay’s difficult season

By Dominique Stafford in Cricket

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.

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