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Bishop’s Stortford beat North Mymms in Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League, Premier Division





Adam Bassingthwaighte struck a century to help Bishop’s Stortford win by 64 runs at North Mymms in the Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division on Saturday.

The win keeps them in fifth place, three points behind Totteridge and seven adrift of third-placed Radlett, who they entertain this weekend.

Stortford were put into bat on a flat track after losing the toss and racked up 302-8 from their 50 overs.

Bassingthwaighte and Joe Hawkins put on 115 in 20 overs before the latter was dismissed for a strong 53.

The former continued to prosper as he shared a 103-run stand for the second wicket with Ben Twohig.

Bassingthwaighte brought up his century in exactly 100 balls before getting out three deliveries later for 105.

Twohig went on to bring up his 50 in 40 balls before being caught in the deep having put on 45 with Zum Akhter (27).

The rate ultimately slowed near the end, but Stortford still put a very challenging target on the board.

North Mymms were reduced to 63-3, but opener Jakob Bhula and captain Nesan Jeyaratnam, who put on 78 together, helped them keep up with the required rate.

The latter was removed by an excellent catch by skipper Tommy Burslem – Simon Lindop had also earlier produced a great catch to end Zaid Kureshi’s time at the crease – off the bowling of Dom Clutterbuck having amassed 55 with the score on 141.

A sixth-wicket stand worth 66 between Bhula and wicketkeeper Richard Soulsby (35) kept the hosts’ hopes alive, but when the former was removed for 87 they had too much left to do and were all out for 238 in the 48th over.

Clutterbuck ended with 4-40 and there were two wickets apiece for Akhter, Twohig and Masoor Khan.

The second XI secured promotion in Division 3A thanks to a thumping 202-run home victory over Allenburys & County Hall.

Jonny Gaffney (125 off 140 balls) and Will Heywood (135no off 107) put on an excellent 187-run fourth-wicket partnership as the hosts put 309-4 on the board from their 50 overs. The former struck 16 fours while the latter hit 20 fours and a six.

Richie Heywood and Zach Ahmed both claimed four victims with the ball as the visitors were bundled out for just 107 in 30.4 overs.

Liam Mays and Alex Banhidai got the other wickets, with the biggest partnership being 26 for the ninth wicket.

The third XI suffered a five-wicket defeat at Nazeing Common in the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division.

Murray Davidson hit 57 and Callum Sykes made 42 as the visitors mustered a below-par 184-8 from their 45 overs. The home side reached 188-5 as opener Costas Achillea scored 92.

The fourth XI moved up to third in Division Two thanks to a 97-run home success against Takeley II.

Grahame Smith and Arthur Edwards led the way with scores of 61 and 44 respectively as the hosts were all out for 234, with 15-year-old Luca Barnes taking 3-58.

Three early wickets from Nadia Wheeler left Takeley in trouble and two more each from Ben Warren and Graeme Sumner meant they were bowled out for 137.



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