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Bishop's Stortford claimed a nine-wicket win over Luton Town & Indians as they ended the Saracens Herts League, Championship Division season in third place

Bishop's Stortford claimed a nine-wicket win over Luton Town & Indians as they ended the Saracens Herts League, Championship Division season in third place.

The visitors elected to bat after winning the toss but wickets fell steadily and, once big hitter Devender Singh (48) was caught, they slumped to 137 all out after 38 overs.

Simon Lindop claimed fine figures of 5 for 22 and Christian Boland snapped up 3 for 8.

Jonny Gaffney did not hang around in the reply and scored a quick 47 before being caught.

Adam Bassingthwaighte and Ryan Wells, who were unbeaten on 42 and 36 respectively, got Stortford to 139 for 1 in the 26th over.

"It has been a strange season for cricket, but the team has been brilliant and one I have been delighted to captain," said skipper Tommy Burslem.

Bishop's Stortford first XI (42231762)
Bishop's Stortford first XI (42231762)

"We have a young side so to see convincing performances has been a huge positive and something we can take into next year with the ultimate aim of returning to the Premier Division.

"The whole club atmosphere has been exceptional and my thanks go to everyone involved."

The second XI completed their Division 4A schedule with a 73-run defeat at the hands of Old Finchleians.

The visitors, who played at Cricketfield Lane as their ground was unavailable for what should have been their home fixture, posted 248 all out which included a ninth-wicket stand worth 50. Charlie Freeman (3 for 38) was the pick of the bowlers.

Stortford were removed for 175 in the 41st over as they ended the season in fifth position. Captain Ruan Premadasa (47) and Murray Davidson (33) made the biggest contributions.

"This has been a season of mixed fortunes playing-wise, but we have played seven different under-17s in our games and these talented juniors have performed extremely well with more youngsters waiting in the wings," said Premadasa. "There is a very positive atmosphere within the whole club and all looks good for the future.

"I would like to record my thanks to the sports trust who have done a magnificent job coping with the Covid regulations and helping to make the club a fantastic place to be."

The third XI secured a fourth-place finish in the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division with a 43-run success against Hatfield Heath.

Harrison Barrett's excellent 108 not out and Adrian Wacey's aggressive 64 helped them put 243 for 5 on the board.

Hatfield Heath's reply began slowly as veteran John Fraser-Andrews took three early wickets and, despite a middle-order recovery, two wickets apiece from juniors Thomas Howes and Keiran Surujbally helped dismiss them for 200.

Meanwhile, the fourth XI lost by the same margin in a match against Ardeley Walkern.

Arthur Edwards, 15, bowled well for figures of 4 for 46 as their opponents' strong batting lineup amassed 230 all out in only 33 overs against a weakened attack.

Stortford looked on course for victory after an opening stand of 78 between Fred Hussain (44) and Clint Williams (58).

But the bowlers got on top and it was left to Liam Sumner and 14-year-old Will Dommett (both 22 not out) to make the score a respectable one on 187 for 5.

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