If you didn't already consider Harpenden as one of the favourites for the Herts Cricket League Premier Division title, then they are doing their best to convince you.

Day one of the 2024 season opened with a convincing nine-wicket win at home to Old Owens.

The visitors had won the toss and gone on to make 131 before being all out at the end of the 40th over.

Andrew Neal followed on from his great form in the county T20 competition by taking 4-27 while both Ben Frazer and Arthur Garrett managed 2-21.

But it was with the bat that they truly shone, and all after James Latham was dismissed for just one in the second over.

By that point though Scott Galloway had already collected and he would go on to finish unbeaten on 62 having faced just 29 deliveries, 13 of them going to the boundary for four.

His partner in crime was no slouch either and he too faced 29 balls, thumping four fours and seven sixes as he finished 63 not out.

It meant Harpenden got home after just 10 overs and will now go to Bishop's Stortford full of confidence.

Radlett, however, had a losing start to the year, going down by three wickets in a tight game against old sparring partners Totteridge Millhillians.

They had opted to bat first at Cobden Hill after winning the toss and went on to make 215-8 in their 50 overs.

That was primarilly down to a wonderful 95 not out from opener Dominic Chatfield who carried his bat through the innings.

He only got sporadic support though with Kabir Toor (20), David Burnell (33) and Noah Cornwell (25) getting to double figures.

The best partnership was the 88 with Burnell which took them from 43-2 to 131-3.

The Totteridge reply though was always in command after an opening wicket stand of 109.

It was only late on that Radlett starting to make inroads, Md Nidheesh and Toor both collecting two wickets, but the visitors were able to get across the line in the 47th over.

Radlett go to West Herts on Saturday.

St Albans lost at home to Broxbourne in the Championship, beaten by 51 runs.

They had frustrated the visitors to Clarence Park, bowling them out for 133 after having them at 59-6 at one stage.

Samuel Kumar led their attack with 3-28 while there were two wickets for each of Max Capaldi (2-19), Maicol Javed (2-23) and Daniel Bayliss (2-33).

Ashish Padki got the other wicket.

But their own batting line-up crumbled very quickly, the first five wickets falling in 24 overs with just 39 runs scored.

Top-scorer Padki (17) and Joe Regan tried to stem the bleeding but when the next two wickets fell in the 34th over, St Albans were still 77 short.

In the end they were all out for 82 after 42.2 overs.

They go to Letchworth on Saturday.

Redbourn were also beaten in Division One, losing by one wicket at Abbots Langley.

They made 107 batting first, Adam Pritchard's 22 the best of the individual scores, but 5-37 from Callum Moyle and 3-15 from Conor Yorath couldn't stop Langley's final pairing producing a wonderful winning partnership of 24, winning with a little more than two overs to spare.