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Bishop's Stortford II beaten by Northwood Town in Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League, Division 4A




Benjy Furrer's stunning catch was the highlight for Bishop's Stortford II as they lost by five wickets at Northwood Town in Saracens Herts League, Division 4A.

The youngster's brilliant piece of fielding on the boundary removed one of the home side's opening batsmen in the contest, which was reduced to 25 overs per side.

However, Stortford found it tough with a wet ball and Veer Vadgama carried his bat for 81 to guide the hosts to 151 for 5 with six overs to spare.

Earlier, Stortford had put 150 for 8 on the board having won the toss. Opener Jonny Gaffney scored 28 while the bulk of the runs were compiled by Paul Reed (30) and Andrew O'Donovan (32) in a fifth-wicket stand worth 47.

The third XI were also able to complete their match as they lost at Nazeing Common by four wickets in the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division.

The poor forecast meant the game was cut to 30 overs per side. The hosts, who won the toss, restricted Stortford to 172 for 6 thanks to some tight bowling and regular wickets.

The teams persevered when the rain came midway through the Nazeing reply and their captain's knock of 77 ensured they chased the target down in the 26th over with four wickets to spare.

The first XI's home match with Hemel Hempstead Town in Saracens Division One had to be abandoned due to the weather.

Stortford won the toss and were all out for 204, with no further play possible after the break between innings.

After losing Ross Daynes early on, a partnership worth 42 followed between Adam Bassingthwaighte (12) and Ryan Wells. The latter continued and brought up his half-century off 45 balls before being caught for a fine 65.

Burslem brothers Tommy (28) and Joe (41) produced a solid fifth-wicket stand of 64, with the latter being unfortunately run out in the 41st over, before Chris Hall added a quick 15.

The fourth XI's HEBL Division Three fixture at home to Albury was also spoiled by the elements.

Stortford racked up 246 for 2 from their 30 overs as Clint Williams (81), Jay Ward (42) and Mark Vasey (85 not out) took charge.

Heavy rain denied the hosts the chance to go for the victory, although not before Matt Foster had reduced Albury to 27 for 2.

n The Boardmans Davies Cup will be held again this year, with holders Takeley being drawn away to Lindsell in the first round.

The new hundred format may be used because of poorer light later in the evenings following the delayed start to the season.

The final of the cup, which has been going since 1962, will be at Cricketfield Lane on Sunday September 13 (2pm start).

Draw: Matching Green v Rickling or Stansted Hall & Elsenham, Hockerill v Newport, Birchanger v Farnham, Thorley v Lindsell or Takeley.


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