A wonderful third-wicket partnership helped Harpenden storm to victory over North Mymms in the Herts Cricket League Premier Division.

Cole Briggs and Olly Batchelor came together in the 14th over with the score on 72-2 and proceeded to blast 139 runs over the course of the next 17 sets of sixes.

It got them to 368 and they were then able to knock Mymms out inside 37 overs, winning by 205 runs.

Briggs was the first of the big hitters to go, falling six short of his century despite nine fours and four sixes from the 69 balls faced, while Batchelor was nine away.

He hit eight fours and three maximums in 75 deliveries.

Andrew Neal got 48 while James Latham and Ben Frazer managed 32 each and Scott Galloway hit 31.

North Mymms' highest scorer was Nesan Jeyaratnam with 59 but he and his team-mates were tamed by six of the Harpenden bowlers, Neal managing 3-29 while there was 2-21 for Frazer and 2-26 from Ashley Sivarajah.

The result leaves Harpenden second in the table, 18 points behind leaders Totteridge Millhillians.

Dominic Chatfield batting for Radlett. Picture: KARYN HADDONDominic Chatfield batting for Radlett. Picture: KARYN HADDON (Image: Karyn Haddon)

Radlett meanwhile are fifth after an 87-run success at Hertford.

They too were in fine batting form, reaching 319-8 in their 50 overs batting first.

They had been down at 198-7 with a little more than nine overs to go but an incredible 76 in just 29 balls from Md Nidheesh, smashing nine sixes and two fours, sent them barrelling to their final total.

David Burnell chipped in with 66 while openers Dominic Chatfield got 38 and Frazer Crawford 30.

Hertford batted out their 50 overs but only got to 232-9, each of Radlett's six bowlers getting at least one wicket, Nidheesh and Kabir Toor managing two each.

Shenley Village are still bottom after a six-wicket loss to Bishop's Stortford.

They got 190-9 in their allotted overs, skipper Morgan Stanley the one stand-out for the home side with 90.

Shenley still looked in a good place when they had Stortford at 49-3 in the 21st over, but from there the visitors kicked on through Tom Howes (66 not out) and Adam Bassingthwaite (62), wrapping things up in the 47th over.

Radlett and Harpenden meet at Cobden Hill on Saturday while Shenley go to Hertford.

In the Championship, St Albans are still searching for their first win of the campaign having lost by 127 runs at Preston.

The home side blasted their way to 320-4, Maicol Javed getting 2-67, before Saints were all out for 193, eight getting to double figures but Chris Mude's unbeaten 31 the highest score.

Redbourn lost by four wickets at Hitchin in Division One.

George Cutler's 77 was the best score with the bat while Dan Roe took 2-30, but the chase was completed inside 44 overs.

London Colney lost by two wickets to Chipperfield Clarendon in Division Three B but Wheathampstead enjoyed an eight-wicket success at home to Hoddesdon.

Steve Bottomley stormed to 5-14 from his seven overs bowled, while there was 3-18 for George Jarvis in the same number and 2-7 in 4.5 for Harry L'Estrange as Wheato bowled the visitors out for 56.