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Joe Burslem scores 82 as Bishop's Stortford suffer defeat in high-scoring Saracens Herts League Premier Division match at Radlett



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Joe Burslem scored an excellent 82 as Bishop's Stortford suffered defeat in a high-scoring Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division match at Radlett on Saturday.

There were 648 runs scored at Cobden Hill, but the visitors ended up on the losing side as they responded to the hosts' 351-2 declared with 297 all out.

Stortford captain Tommy Burslem won the toss and asked Radlett to bat on a relatively flat wicket. It was in the 17th over when former Stortford skipper Dominic Chatfield fell lbw for 30 to Ben Twohig. The only other Radlett wicket to fall was that of Kabir Toor (10), caught in the slips by Twohig off Simon Lindop.

The hosts were 145-2 after 32 overs at lunch and saw opener Fraser Crawford (58 not out) retire hurt. This brought free-flowing New Zealander Nathan Smith to the middle and he reached his hundred in 58 balls; in his innings of 119 not out, 88 runs were scored in boundaries.

Smith's young partner David Burnell scored an unbeaten 106 in a partnership of 189 before Radlett declared on 351-2 after 55 overs.

Openers Eknoor Singh (29) and Maz Khan (38) put on 51 as Stortford started well, before Joe Burslem shared partnerships worth 82 with Khan and 60 with Joe Hawkins (22).

Bishop's Stortford's Joe Burslem. Picture: Melissa Page
Bishop's Stortford's Joe Burslem. Picture: Melissa Page

Joe Burslem fell for 82 off 92 deliveries. Following a couple of quick wickets, Tommy Burslem and Dom Clutterbuck moved the score to 264. The light had deteriorated considerably when the former was out for 25.

Clutterbuck and Sykes (14) added 22 in the gloom before the former was out in the 58th over for 31, leaving Stortford 54 runs short of the target.

In Division 4A, teenager Will Lambert took a hat-trick as title-chasing Stortford II registered a six-wicket home win over Southgate Adelaide.

The visitors were 108-3 in the 30th over when 18-year-old Lambert removed batsmen bowled, caught behind and lbw in successive deliveries. A 57-run ninth-wicket stand helped get Southgate to 189 all out.

Stortford reached 190-4 in the 31st over as Jonny Gaffney carried his bat for 86 with support from Andrew Lewin and Richard Heywood (both 27).

Stortford III went close to winning their high-scoring Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division match at Farnham before having to settle for a draw.

The village hosts posted 262-3 thanks to contributions from Thomas Radley (73) and Peter Curtis (66 not out).

In reply, Grahame Smith made 65 and Joe Clune hit 50 as Stortford went into the final over needing 14 to win but came up six short on 256-6.

The Hussain family's excellent efforts could not prevent Stortford IV losing by six wickets at home to Ardeley Walkern in Division Two.

Fred Hussain made 81 and his 13-year-old son Daniel, who opened, got 40 as they put 228-6 on the board.

Their opponents recovered from 43-4 to triumph as Usman Afzal (102 not out) and Pru Korovi (82 not out) got them to 229-4.



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