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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.

Bishop's Stortford wicketkeeper Joe Hawkins successfully appeals for a stumping in their important win over title rivals Old Owens at Cricketfield Lane. Picture: Vikki Lince
Bishop's Stortford wicketkeeper Joe Hawkins successfully appeals for a stumping in their important win over title rivals Old Owens at Cricketfield Lane. Picture: Vikki Lince

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.

Adam Bassingthwaighte put on 54 for the first wicket with Joe Hawkins. Picture: Vikki Lince
Adam Bassingthwaighte put on 54 for the first wicket with Joe Hawkins. Picture: Vikki Lince

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.

Stortford bowler Jonny Gaffney sends down a delivery. Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford bowler Jonny Gaffney sends down a delivery. Picture: Vikki Lince

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.

Bishop's Stortford celebrate taking the final Old Owens wicket. Picture: Vikki Lince
Bishop's Stortford celebrate taking the final Old Owens wicket. Picture: Vikki Lince

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.

Stortford batsman Joe Hawkins dives to avoid being run out. Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford batsman Joe Hawkins dives to avoid being run out. Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford batsman Joe Burslem gets bat on ball. Picture: Vikki Lince
Stortford batsman Joe Burslem gets bat on ball. Picture: Vikki Lince


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