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Craig Noonan and Romesh Paktsun produced career-best performances as Sawbridgeworth III beat Stansted Hall & Elsenham II in Tees Herts & Essex Border League



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Craig Noonan and Romesh Paktsun produced career-best performances as they led Sawbridgeworth III to one of their biggest league victories on Saturday, writes Richard White.

Phil Hyam's team thrashed Stansted Hall & Elsenham II by 217 runs to record their sixth successive win in Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Division Two.

They piled up 306-4 from their 40 overs after being put in on a green-looking surface. Noonan smashed 17 fours and four sixes on his way to scoring a magnificent 149, sharing a fourth-wicket partnership of 165 with veteran Ian Bowler, whose unbeaten 86 included two sixes and 12 fours.

In reply, the visitors collapsed from 37-1 to 89 all out with Paktsun hitting the stumps seven times in a magical spell of 7-13.

While they are 13 points behind leaders Nazeing Common II, the team are now a healthy 29 ahead of third-placed Essendon.

In Saracens Hertfordshire League, Division One, the first team suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season as they went down to St Albans by five wickets in an ill-tempered affair at Town Fields.

After Rob Sanders (54) and Owen Groves (23) put on 48 for the first wicket, they collapsed to 105-6 in the 31st over.

Skipper George Kenny scored an unbeaten 53, but he eventually ran out of partners as the home side were all out for 181 with 21 balls of their allotted 50 overs unused.

Vibhor Yadav (3-20) and Amit Gupta (1-41) reduced St Albans to 30-4 in reply, but the visitors lost only one more wicket as Sawbo missed several chances in the field.

Tom O'Toole scored a match-winning 74 not out for the visitors, adding 53 with Max Capaldi (28) and exactly 100 with Steve Perrin (35 not out).

There was better news for Sawbo II, however, who won by 30 runs at bottom side Hertingfordbury to move up to fifth in Division 5B.

Put in to bat, they were all out for 193 in 45.5 overs. Gagan Bassi top-scored with 67 after he had added 58 for the fourth wicket with Josh Ramsay (32).

In reply, the home side were reduced to 45-5 as Sean Black (5-15) took all five wickets.

They were eventually all out for 163, with Jawaad Hussain chipping in with 2-17, and there was a wicket each for James Frans, Harry Gale and stand-in captain Nick Dale.



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