Andrew Neal and Harpenden have a superb start to the new cricket season at the traditional opener.

Harpenden were hosting group C of the county T20 competition and came through with a comfortable victory in the end.

Neal's starring role came in the semi-final success over Chorleywood.

Coming in with the score on 29-2, he blasted an amazing 81 in just 39 balls, smashing seven fours and five sixes along the way.

Skipper James Latham supported him well, the opener going through the innings with an unbeaten 47, made from 29 deliveries, and there was 22 in 13 from Cole Briggs.

The 102-run win was wrapped up with few worries, Chorleywood only managing 68-8 with two wickets each for Tom Beasley and Harry Seagrave.

The final was equally one sided, Harpenden easing to a nine-wicket success over Broxbourne, who had beaten Preston in the other semi.

Harpenden had won the toss and elected to field first, Beasley and Neal this time getting two wickets each, the latter finishing on 2-9 as they held Broxbourne to 58-7.

And it took eight overs and one ball to get the winning runs, Latham and Briggs rattling through at a rate of knots.

Latham finished on 33 in 29, with five fours, and Briggs managed 23 from 17, one four in his tally and two sixes.

Radlett were due to face 's group, however, fell victim to the weather and will be played this Sunday instead at their Cobden Hill ground.

That is one day after the start of the Hertfordshire Cricket League season.

Both sides are at home, Harpenden hosting Old Owens while Radlett face old rivals Totteridge Millhillians.

St Albans start the Championship season at home too, Broxbourne the visitors to Clarence Park, while Redbourn go to Abbots Langley for their first game in Division One.

One day later they will begin their National Village Cup campaign away to Reed.