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Heavy rain spoils end of Sawbridgeworth's Saracens Hertfordshire League, Division One match against Ampthill Town

Sawbridgeworth remain fourth in Saracens Hertfordshire League, Division One after heavy rain scuppered a potentially interesting finish in their home game against Ampthill Town, writes Richard White.

After dismissing the hosts for 137, the visitors progressed to 61 for 4 from 18 overs when the wet weather took the players from the field at 5.23pm. From the third tier and below, league regulations state a minimum of 20 overs need to be bowled in the second innings to constitute a match.

The visitors needed to be on 63 or more at that stage to win the game on run rate, but, despite two attempts to resume play, the umpires judged the ground unfit for play at 6.34pm which meant the sides took 10 points each.

Having been invited to bat first, Sawbo's batting struggles continued as they slipped to 40 for 4 in the 13th over. Gary Brown marked his return to the club by scoring 21 off 20 balls in a fifth-wicket partnership of 35 with Joe Holland (24) which came either side of a 46-minute rain delay that saw the game reduced to 44 overs a side.

Skipper Steve Ashman held the second half of the innings together with a patient 30 which spanned 80 deliveries and included five fours and a six.

George Kenny (2 for 14) dismissed both Ampthill openers in his first three overs to reduce them to 17 for 2 before Pat Brooke (9) and Ben Slawinski (27) fell lbw to Sean Black and Saad Naveed respectively.

Elsewhere, the second XI slipped into the Division 5B relegation zone after losing to fellow strugglers Welwyn Garden City III by two wickets having been dismissed for just 104.

There was also disappointment for the third XI in Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Division Two as they lost to Lion Hawks by 63 runs at Leventhorpe School.

Having restricted the visitors to 173 for 9, Phil Hyam's side were bowled out for just 110 against a side who have now won five games on the trot.

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