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Alfie Burrell, 16, makes maiden league century in Sawbo III's win in Tees Herts & Essex Border League



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Teenager Alfie Burrell was Sawbridgeworth's headline act on Saturday with his maiden league century in the third XI's six-wicket win over Matching Green II, writes Richard White.

The 16-year-old made 100 not out as his side chased down a victory target of 244 with 16 balls to spare to record their seventh win in nine games in Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Division Two.

He came in at 44-1 following the departure of Kieran Morgan (30), whose fellow opener Josh Ramsay contributed 25 before falling on the cusp of the drinks break at 102-2 after 20 overs.

While James Gostling contributed 35 to a third-wicket partnership of 65, it was Burrell who produced a performance described by his captain as "chanceless and mature", with Phil Hyam playing a supporting role at the end.

Matching chanced their arm as they took advantage of several dropped catches to total 243-4 from their 40 overs, despite Morgan recording outstanding figures of 2-12 from eight overs.

The first XI failed to build on last week's excellent win over Harpenden II as they were well beaten at Leverstock Green in Saracens Hertfordshire League, Division One.

Chasing 277 to win, the visitors were 167-9 from 39 overs when heavy rain ended play. Owen Groves (32) and Vibhor Yadav (38) were the only Sawbo players to pass 20. The hosts were declared winners by 96 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

Earlier, Leverstock Green had piled up 276-9 from their 50 overs thanks mainly to a fourth-wicket partnership of 147 between Dayle Littlejohn (69) and Ben Goode (91).

Sawbo skipper George Kenny took 3-55 with Yadav and Michael Burrell taking two wickets apiece.

Sawbridgeworth have still to string together two consecutive league wins this season. They drop one place to sixth, with 173 points from their eight matches – four wins and four defeats – leaving them 29 points behind leaders St Albans (202), who are six clear of Redbourn and seven ahead of Leverstock Green.

Sawbo II ended a run of three successive defeats as they beat Ickleford by four wickets at Town Fields to move up to fifth in Division 5B.

After dismissing the visitors for 218, Alex Syed's team were struggling on 72-5 but lost only one more wicket as they raced to victory midway through the 40th over.

Luke Garratt (50) put on 90 for the sixth wicket with Gagan Bassi, who finished 76 not out, while Nick Dale contributed an unbeaten 26 to their partnership of 62.

Earlier, Harry Gale had taken 4-46 for the hosts with the other wickets falling to Andrew Dongworth (2-29) and Dale (2-46) along with two run outs.



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