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Wins for all four Bishop's Stortford senior sides, Stansted Hall & Elsenham and Matching Green on the Herts and Essex cricket circuit




Joe Hawkins was Bishop's Stortford's main man in their five-wicket victory at Dunstable in the Saracens Herts League, Championship Division.

His excellent wicketkeeping was vital for the first team before he hit a half-century on a day when all four of the club's sides triumphed.

With the first Dunstable wicket not falling until the 16th over with the score on 88, it looked as though it was going to be a long day in the field for Stortford.

The bowlers stuck at their task and when a fifth-wicket stand of 58 was broken with the score on 185 in the 37th over, things began to look up.

The visitors' bowling was wayward at times and the skills of Hawkins behind the stumps prevented the hosts from posting more than their 229 all out. Matt Pike (4 for 42) had most success with the ball.

Stortford lost their first and second wickets on 45 and 56 respectively before an 83-run stand between Ryan Wells (40) and Hawkins steadied the ship.

Tommy Burslem (33) showed his intent from the moment he arrived at the crease and Hawkins went on to make 71.

Joe Burslem and Harry Bailey then saw Stortford to 231 for 5 as they got over the line with an over to spare.

In Division 4A, the second XI registered a 55-run success when they took on Langleybury II.

Stortford batted first after winning the toss and amassed 201 largely thanks to Harry Olorenshaw's excellent 96.

He was caught on the boundary off a full toss as he looked to complete his century after a 90-run partnership with Paul Reed (29) had helped them recover from 14 for 3.

Stortford's bowlers dominated from the off in the run chase, with a 60-run seventh-wicket stand being the main resistance.

Olly Cremnitz took 4 for 13 from his nine overs while Benjy Furrer claimed four catches and a stumping.

The third XI stormed to a 150-run victory over North Weald in the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division - even with one of their own players scoring a half-century against them.

Stortford supplied their opponents, who were short on numbers, with three players and one of them, Andrew Lewin, made 64.

But his efforts could only help North Weald muster 198 for 3 as Matt Foster, Jack Williams and Jack Fraser-Andrews took one wicket apiece.

Earlier in the day, Stortford piled on 348 for 6 in 45 overs as Peter Curtis (60), Murray Davidson (67) and Aidan Murphy (56) all hit rapid half-centuries.

In Division Three, the fourth XI won an exciting game against Harlow V by three runs.

Mark Vasey led the way with 76 and there were also good contributions by Grahame Smith (45) and Fred Hussain (42) in Stortford's decent 241 for 8 in 40 overs.

Harlow's reply was dominated by opening batsman Jon Allen, who blasted 148 before being run out with 14 runs required and his side came up short on 238 for 8.

Paul Findlay and Jay Ward took two wickets each and there was one apiece for Arthur Edwards, Graeme Sumner and Liam Sumner.

Meanwhile, the under-16s suffered a 34-run defeat at the hands of Saffron Walden.

Charlie Castle and Max Walter took early wickets before Walden recovered to 140 for 2.

Three wickets for Sam Robinson and two each for Thomas Howes and Aidan Murphy kept them to 224 all out with three overs unused.

Murray Davidson struck 61 and captain Benjy Furrer cracked a rapid 53, which included two big sixes, but Stortford lost their last three wickets in one over to end on 190.

Josh Beaumont and Ollie Patmore starred for Stansted Hall & Elsenham as they beat Hatfield Heath by 20 runs in the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division.

The former made it back-to-back centuries and the latter claimed six wickets to guide the hosts to victory.

The home side elected to bat first and they put 257 for 8 on the board from their allotted 40 overs.

Rory McGurk got them off to a flyer with a quick-fire 35 off 22 balls before his fellow opener Beaumont and Henry Merrick (39) steadily moved the score to 117 before the latter was dismissed by a fantastic one-handed catch at mid-off.

After James Brown, Jacob Talbot and Tom Snelling all went quickly to leave them 174 for 5, Nick Price (24) and Beaumont, who made 107, upped the run rate and helped Stansted Hall pass the 250 mark.

Hatfield Heath's openers looked to score at every opportunity and got their side in a good position after 10 overs.

However, the introduction of Snelling and the economical McGurk meant the visitors saw the required rate creep up, with opener R George being caught on the boundary for 41.

A couple of expensive overs after drinks saw the momentum swing back in Hatfield Heath's favour, but Patmore stepped up and bowled magnificently for figures of 6 for 35, including removing opener C Wearden for 85, as they were all out for 237.

Meanwhile, league leaders Matching Green made it four wins in a row with a nine-wicket triumph over Thorley.

Matthew Taylor ripped through the top order with 4 for 19 in a nine-over spell and Dan Sibley backed him up with 3 for 15 as Thorley were all out for 151.

In reply, the returning Jason Green, who hit an unbeaten 58, and Olly Hartnell (48) shared an opening partnership worth 116 as Matching Green eased to 152 for 1 with 20 overs to spare.

* Stansted Hall & Elsenham were knocked out of the T20 Boardmans Davies Cup by Rickling. They mustered 138 for 5 in response to the opposition's 187 for 5 in the first-round tie.

Holders Takeley (101 for 5) did progress to the next stage after beating Lindsell (90 all out) and they will take on Thorley next.

Some second-round ties have also been played. Birchanger (161 for 4) got the better of Farnham (157 for 6) while Hockerill and Newport tied after both scoring 115 for 7, meaning the 58-year-old competition's first replay for a very long time – possibly ever – is required.

The semi-finals will see Matching Green or Rickling take on Hockerill or Newport while Birchanger will face either Thorley or Takeley.



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