Saracens Hertfordshire League, Division One: George Kenny helps Sawbridgeworth return to winning ways
George Kenny recorded his best bowling figures of the season to help Sawbridgeworth return to winning ways as they defeated relegation-threatened Ickleford by four wickets, writes Richard White.
The vice-captain took 4-20 – including three wickets in a superb opening spell – and received excellent support at the other end from Vibhor Yadav (2-45) as the duo reduced the visitors to 34-5 after 10 overs in the Saracens Hertfordshire League, Division One contest.
Tom Willoughby (28) and Thomas Brown (74) put on 109 for the sixth wicket before the latter was snapped up by Joe Holland off the final ball of Kenny's spell.
The visitors were eventually bowled out for 171 after 44.4 overs. Their last five wickets fell for 28 runs, with Matt Billings (2-39) and Sean Black (2-26) being the other successful bowlers.
Not for the first time this season, the hosts made a terrible start. Brown (2-29) removed openers Travis Hussain and Steve Ashman as they were reduced to 21-2 in the sixth over.
Yadav led the recovery with a typically aggressive innings of 60 from 54 balls, which included seven fours and three sixes. Holland (19), Kenny (15) and Michael Burrell (22 off 21 balls) provided useful support but Yadav's dismissal left Sawbo on 128-6.
Matthew Jones, who was making his first XI league debut along with Rhys Ashman, helped Sawbo across the line with a run-a-ball 27 – including the winning boundary – as he added 44 for the seventh wicket with Billings, who finished unbeaten on five.
The result puts the Town Fields outfit back up to fourth in the table, but they are still 50 points behind second-placed Broxbourne.
The second XI suffered a major blow in their battle to stay up in Division 5B as they lost to fellow strugglers Hertingfordbury by 44 runs.
A delayed start saw the game reduced to 40 overs a side. Alex Syed's side were all out for 159 in reply to the hosts' 203-8 as they dropped back into the relegation places.
There was a welcome victory for the third XI as they beat Takeley II by six runs in Tees Herts and Essex Border League, Division Two.
Andrew Foster (75) and Ian Bowler (34) were the main contributors to Sawbo's 40-over total of 154-5, with Simon Little (3-38) the pick of the home side's attack.
Despite Adrian Phillips scoring 34, Takeley looked dead and buried on 88-9 with 12 overs left. Jack Connolly (44 not out) and Augustus Sammons (12 not out) remained together but they could manage only six when needing 13 off the last over and the hosts finished on 148-9.
The Sawbo wickets were shared by Jason Hill (3-27), Sam Shemwell (2-21), Alfie Burrell (1-23), Charlie Newman (1-43), Foster (1-17) and Romesh Paktsun (1-11).