Saracens Hertfordshire League: Bishop's Stortford beat title rivals Old Owens to return to Championship summit
Bishop's Stortford survived a few jitters to secure an important three-wicket win over title rivals Old Owens and return to the Saracens Hertfordshire League, Championship Division summit.
Captain Tommy Burslem and Dom Clutterbuck ensured they reached their victory target of 103 at Cricketfield Lane having been 88-7 in the 50-over contest.
The victory means Stortford, who visit bottom side Letchworth Garden City this Saturday, have overhauled their opponents at the top and now have an 18-point advantage going into the last three matches of the season.
The hosts, who lost the toss, took regular wickets to leave Old Owens all out for just 102, with 29 being their highest partnership.
Clutterbuck took 4-21, Simon Lindop claimed 2-13 and Ben Twohig nabbed 2-12.
Wicketkeeper Joe Hawkins got three catches and a stumping while Adam Bassingthwaighte also held three catches.
Hawkins (28) and Bassingthwaighte (20) got Stortford's reply off to an excellent start with a 54-run opening stand. Joe Burslem and Twohig added 20 before the former was caught behind with the score on 75-3.
Thirteen runs later, Ryan Wells, Twohig (18), Jonny Gaffney and Matt Pike were all back in the pavilion and the score was 88-7.
It was left to the skipper and Clutterbuck, who were both six not out, to get the hosts home in the 34th over.
In Division 4A, the second XI suffered a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Old Haberdashers.
Harry Olorenshaw (15) and Zak Wilson (13 not out) were the only players to reach double figures as they were removed for 64.
Their opponents reached 66-4 inside 16 overs with Sam Robinson's 3-27 making him the pick of the bowlers.
In the Tees Herts & Essex League, Premier Division, the third XI went down by 121 runs at Little Hallingbury.
A century from D Latham (116) helped their opponents post 256. Olly Cremnitz took 4-39 with support from Sam Howlett (2-47) and Ed Swift (2-27).
Seth Clifford-Banks top-scored with 28 as Stortford were removed for 135 in reply.