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Dan Blacktopp helped to inflict a first defeat of the season on Bishop's Stortford as Welwyn Garden City ran out six-wicket winners in Saracens Hertfordshire League



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Dan Blacktopp helped to inflict a first defeat of the season on Bishop's Stortford as Welwyn Garden City ran out six-wicket winners at Cricketfield Lane on Saturday.

The visiting captain made an unbeaten 58 as his side reached 169-4 with 34 balls of their 50 overs to spare in the Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division contest.

Stortford skipper Tommy Burslem elected to bat after winning the toss, but his side found it slow going and were 40-1 after an hour.

Masoor Khan and Ben Twohig shared a 74-run partnership before the former was caught at point for 41 and the latter followed in the next over for 40.

Tight bowling and sharp fielding from Welwyn led to the hosts slipping to 126-6 in the 43rd over.

Jonny Gaffney (21 not out) and Matt Pike helped to up the run rate and put on 34 together before Pike was bowled for 20 and Stortford closed on a well-below-par 168-7.

Masoor Khan, left, and Ben Twohig put on 74 together in Stortford first team's defeat to Welwyn. Pictures: Melissa Page (56898181)
Masoor Khan, left, and Ben Twohig put on 74 together in Stortford first team's defeat to Welwyn. Pictures: Melissa Page (56898181)

Welwyn's Alex Chalker was dropped off the first ball of their reply, but Simon Lindop (2-40) had Umesh Valijee trapped LBW and bowled Mo Rizvi to leave them 18-2.

Chalker (38) fell to a diving catch by Pike off Callum Sykes (1-21), but Blacktopp put on 30 with former England player Owais Shah (33) and continued to score sensibly as he shared an unbroken 73-run stand with Dylan Van Der Westhuizen (27 not out) to get the away side over the line.

Stortford II were on the end of a nine-wicket defeat when they travelled to Hatfield & Crusaders in Division 4A.

Sam Robinson (34) and Harry Olorenshaw (21) put on 62 together after the visitors had lost Haitel Patel and Richie Heywood with the score on one, but Benjy Furrer, who hit 37, was the only other player to reach double figures as they were removed for 142 in the 42nd over.

And the hosts showed how to bat on their ground by reaching 143-1 with more than 10 overs to spare.

In the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division, Stortford III went down by six wickets at Hatfield Heath.

Tristan Fayaard top-scored with 37 as the visitors were dismissed for 210 before captain Chris Wearden made 55 to help the hosts to 211-4.

There was better fortune for Division Two leaders Stortford IV as they registered an eight-wicket victory over Matching Green II.

An unbroken 133-run partnership between Fred Hussain (79 not out) and Mark Smith (60 not out) guided Stortford to 212-2 after Charlie Peace's 3-20 had helped limit their opponents to 211-7. Kevin Neville (63) hit a half-century for Matching Green.



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