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Bishop's Stortford Cricket Club chairman Graeme Sumner stars for the fourth XI as they beat Thorley II




Graeme Sumner starred with bat and ball as Bishop's Stortford IV won a see-saw game with Thorley II by 45 runs.

Stortford were reduced to 30 for 4 in the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Division Three contest, but Summer, who joined the club in 1983 and has been chairman for over a decade, made an unbeaten 75 and had support from Seth Clifford-Banks (34).

Their efforts helped the side recover to 184 for 8 in 40 overs with youngsters Jonathan Cooper (4 for 19) and Will Mitchell (3 for 23) the main wicket takers.

Under-16 opener Charlie Castle made a quick-fire 50 in the Thorley reply, but they collapsed from 64 without loss to 139 all out.

David Wilkinson took 3 for 19 before Sumner, who celebrated his 60th birthday during lockdown, capped a fine all-round display with 5 for 24.

There was also a 17-run Border League success for the third XI when they took on Stansted Hall & Elsenham in the Premier Division.

Harrison Barrett top-scored with 61 and Ollie Williams contributed 45 to a competitive Stortford total of 214 for 5.

Williams also claimed four scalps in the reply, but it was under-16 Keiran Surujbally taking two crucial wickets in an over which meant their opponents fell short on 197 for 8.

In the Saracens Hertfordshire League, the second XI triumphed by 70 runs against their Leverstock Green counterparts in Division 4A.

On a slow surface, Stortford mustered 228 for 7 from 45 overs thanks to knocks from Jonny Gaffney (71), Harry Olorenshaw (40) and 16-year-old Benjy Furrer (30).

Leverstock Green were up with the required rate after 30 overs before falling away following a couple of key dismissals and being all out for 158.

Andrew O'Donovan (2 for 22) was the pick of the bowlers and Ruan Premadasa had the same figures while there were also two wickets apiece for Ryan Palmer and Tom Waring.

The first XI suffered a two-wicket defeat when they travelled to Flitwick in the Championship Division.

Adam Bassingthwaighte blasted 32 after the visitors were asked to bat first on a damp wicket and Ross Daynes went for 27 after struggling to run having pulled a leg muscle.

Ryan Wells struck 36 and there was a 57-run stand between Joe Burslem (47) and 16-year-old debutant Sam Robinson (22 not out). Chris Hall added a rapid 21 as they closed on 229 for 8.

The hosts stumbled to 132 for 5 before two solid partnerships ensured they reached 233 for 8 with three overs to spare.

Robinson (2 for 44) showed he is a good prospect by also bowling well. Simon Lindop and Hall also took 2 for 37 and 2 for 26 respectively.



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