Matt Billings makes it 1,000 runs and 100 wickets for Sawbridgeworth in victory over Old Albanian in Saracens Hertfordshire League
Matt Billings produced his highest league score for Sawbridgeworth as they recovered magnificently to beat Old Albanian by 42 runs in Saracens Hertfordshire League, Division One on Saturday, writes Richard White.
The 24-year-old all-rounder made a brilliant 78 not out – which included six fours and six sixes – off just 64 balls to become only the sixth Sawbo player since 1984 to achieve an individual league double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets.
His knock helped the hosts, who are up to third, bounce back from 138-6 to 272-7 after they had lost four wickets for 18 runs at Town Fields. Vibhor Yadav and Michael Burrell also contributed 45 and 38 respectively.
Billings brought up his 50 with two successive maximums as his side scored 56 from their last four overs to secure full batting bonus points for the third game in a row. It was also Billings' third league half-century for Sawbo and they have all come against OA's, but this was his first time finishing on the winning side.
The visitors made a slow start in reply and never seriously threatened to win as they finished on 230-7, with opener Tim Davies scoring more than half their runs as he carried his bat for 122.
The wickets were shared by Yadav (2-28), Danish Zaman (1-29), Billings (1-39) and Amit Gupta (2-33), who also claimed a run out off the last ball of the day.
Sawbo II took on their Old Albanian counterparts in 5B and suffered their first defeat of the season by seven wickets.
Their opponents, who had not won previously, easily overhauled Sawbo's total of 171-6 inside 33 overs.
Sawbo III also suffered a disappointing day in Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Division Two as they were dismissed for just 83 at Nazeing Common II before their hosts reached 84-5.
Meanwhile, the weekend ended on a regrettable note as Sawbridgeworth conceded their Voneus National Village Cup tie against Redbourn.