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First team maintain outside chance of promotion as all three Sawbridgeworth sides win on same day for first time this season

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Sawbridgeworth enjoyed a clean sweep on Saturday as all three of their sides won on the same day for the first time this season, writes Richard White.

The first team maintained their outside chance of promotion in Saracens Hertfordshire League, Division One with a four-run win over Broxbourne at home in a thrilling encounter that went down to the final ball of the day.

Owen Groves (57) and Gary Brown (85) got the home side off to their best start since the start of the pandemic as they put on 147 for the first wicket.

Robin Glassberg (4-19) produced a brilliant spell for Broxbourne, taking four wickets in his last four overs as he reduced Sawbo to 166-4.

Jack Timms dominated the rest of the innings with an unbeaten 54 – his first half-century of the season – as he added 39 off the last four overs with Steve Ashman (14 not out). Sawbo finished on 239-6 from their 50 overs.

The visitors slumped to 37-4 in reply, but Charlie Willis (109) led the visitors' fightback with a fine century. They needed nine from the last over and six from the last ball, but Glassberg (25 not out) could score only a single as they ended on 235-9.

George Kenny (3-46) was the most successful bowler for the hosts, with the other wickets being taken by Vibhor Yadav (2-33), Michael Burrell (1-44), Matt Billings (1-29) and Saad Naveed (2-38).

Ashman's fourth-placed side have reduced the gap to 15 points on both Leverstock Green and Broxbourne, with the latter probably favourites to take the second promotion spot as they have the bottom three sides still to play.

Elsewhere, the second XI moved out of the Division 5B relegation zone with a crucial 22-run win at Boxmoor.

Brad Oakes top-scored with 36 out of their total of 155, but Nick Dale starred with bat and ball, scoring 27 before taking 5-37 as the visitors were shot out for 133.

Romesh Paktsun took 4-32 from his 10 overs, his best figures at second-team level.

Phil Hyam's third XI recorded their fifth win of the season and moved up to fourth in Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Division Two as they defeated Bishop's Stortford IV by 32 runs.

A big-hitting 161 from Rob Sanders helped Sawbo amass 283-3. He had support from 15-year-old Alfie Burrell (64) while Ben Foster, also 15, took two of the wickets.

Stortford gave it a good go in reply, but ran out of overs and closed on 251-7. Jay Ward hit 58 and Graeme Sumner made 48.

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