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Masoor Khan and Joe Burslem hit half-centuries as Bishop’s Stortford made a winning return to the Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division against West Herts



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Masoor Khan and Joe Burslem hit half-centuries as Bishop’s Stortford made a winning return to the Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division against West Herts.

In their first game back in the top flight having won the Championship Division last summer, the hosts triumphed by 102 runs in the 50-over contest at Cricketfield Lane.

West Herts were left ruing their decision to bowl as Stortford openers Khan (79) and Burslem (50) put on 124 for the first wicket.

Masoor Khan on his way to 79 in Bishop's Stortford's victory over West Herts and Cricketfield Lane. Picture: Melissa Page (56535902)
Masoor Khan on his way to 79 in Bishop's Stortford's victory over West Herts and Cricketfield Lane. Picture: Melissa Page (56535902)

Khan also scored runs alongside Ben Twohig, who made a run-a-ball 28, before Zum Akhter struck a rapid 39 in a 60-run stand with Joe Hawkins (18) as Stortford closed on 248-5.

West Herts made a bad start in reply as Simon Lindop (1-24) bowled Simon Walker off the second ball of the innings and Jonny Gaffney ran out Arjun Patel with a sharp piece of fielding to leave them 29-2.

Sri Lankan overseas Priyamal Perrera (69) steadied things for the visitors with a 58-run partnership with opener Greg Sumpter before the excellent Twohig (3-37) had the latter caught for 24.

Joe Burslem batting for Bishop's Stortford against West Herts. Picture: Melissa Page (56535836)
Joe Burslem batting for Bishop's Stortford against West Herts. Picture: Melissa Page (56535836)

And their innings collapsed after Hawkins took a diving catch off Akhter (2-42) to dismiss Perrera as they were all out for 146.

Dom Clutterbuck (1-18) and Callum Sykes (2-6) took the other wickets.

Stortford will be looking to build on their good start when they visit Potters Bar this weekend.

Matt Pike took a hat-trick to help Stortford II thrash Northwood Town by 142 runs in Division 4A.

Joe Burslem and Masoor Khan share a congratulatory fist bump. Picture: Melissa Page (56535814)
Joe Burslem and Masoor Khan share a congratulatory fist bump. Picture: Melissa Page (56535814)

He achieved the feat on his way to figures of 5-26 from his 10 overs as the visitors removed the hosts for a mere 55.

Pike's fellow opening bowler Tim Smith backed him up with 2-17 while Richie Heywood took 2-2 from two overs and Sam Robinson (1-7) got the other wicket.

Everyone had chipped in when Stortford had posted a total of 197 all out earlier in the day, with Murray Davidson (43) and Benjy Furrer (37) being the main contributors.

Stortford III were beaten by six wickets when they visited Abridge in the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division.

Harrison Barrett top-scored with 42 as Stortford struggled to dominate the bowling and amassed 198-7 from their 45 overs.

Half-centuries from George Padfield and Tom Fulk meant Abridge reached 202-4 with relative ease despite 3-29 from Hugh Williams.

Stortford IV got the better of derby rivals Sawbridgeworth III by six wickets in Division Two.

An excellent all-round bowling performance by the hosts restricted Sawbo to 168-4 from their 40 overs. Josh Ramsey top-scored with 63 while Ian Bowler (38) and Phil Hyam (24) also contributed.

Stortford comfortably reached 170-4 with six overs to spare as captain Fred Hussain was unbeaten on 51 following good knocks by Seth Clifford-Banks (42) and under-17 player Will Dommett (39).



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