DIVISION TWO: Northwood Town 175-7 (30pts) beat Watford Town 158 (9pts) by 18 runs
Northwood Town continued to climb the table by beating Watford Town by 18 runs to record their second successive league victory.
As fate would have it, it was a combination of two Watford Town old boys that provided the building blocks for the win.
Rohan Lee laid the foundation with a priceless 75 not out and debutant Johanes Van EE added an outstanding six for 26 to his explosive cameo worth 21, as Watford came up short.
Skipper Raj Ahluwalia said: "The last two weeks we have produced some great cricket to beat two very respectable sides.
"Today we really had to stick with it but I'm delighted we showed such character - the two Watford Town old boys in particular showed great tenacity in the face of their old teammates."
Ahluwalia got off to an uncharacteristic snappy start as he scored 29 while Lee showed he was determined to make an impact against his former clubmates with another consistent innings.
Musharaf Malik and Dave Bushnell provided supporting roles as Lee got stuck into the bowling, though the hosts did not accelerate as much as they would have liked.
Lee's fellow Australian Travis Abel scored 15 but it took the entrance of Van EE to really get Northwood Town going as he hit two huge sixes in one over to help his new side to 175 for seven.
Watford had no intention of hanging around, attacking from the start and Neil Sen and Manzoor blasted 80 off just 13 overs as the Northwood Town attack took an early beating. The visitors were firm favourites until Dean Barker took a stunning catch to remove Sen and Watford were suddenly wobbling at 90 for three.
Van EE's pace was worrying his old teammates but as Watford knuckled down to creep to 125 for four, needing only 50 with six wickets in hand, they were still favourites.
Several dropped chances did not help North-wood Town's cause but bowling changes unsettled the visitors and pressure began to build. Van EE and Kazim Naqvi started to force the batsmen into kamikaze shots and suddenly Watford were rocking. Lee took two sharp slip catches to polish off the tail, with Van EE completing a superb display with six wickets.
* Town's second XI was beaten fairly convincingly on a day to forget at Rick-mansworth, which began badly by travelling with 10 men following a late with-drawal and got worse when stand-in skip-per Adam Hills was carried off with ligament damage during his spell of bowling.
Hills lost the toss, was asked to bat on a damp track and while Mike Lister (14) and Syd Siddarth (16) opened well Town were once again hit by the curse of the middle order collapse as they slumped to 62 for five.Jamie Cotton (30) continued his excel-lent form since returning from university and a late rally from Jateen Shah (23 not out) saw Town creep to 126 all out.
Town had little luck in reply with all appeals being turned down and Hills being injured, while the unfortunate Neal Furmenger could have ended up with six but had to be satisfied with three for 35 as the hosts eased home by six wickets. [25a0] Abel and Lee shared a superb stand of 273 for the fourth wicket as Town wrapped up a comprehensive 151-run win over Berkhamstead in the Chess Valley League.
Abel smashed 172 and Lee weighed in with 104 as Town made a huge 324 for five, before dismissing the visitors for 173.