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Saracens Hertfordshire League: Rain the bane again as Sawbridgeworth match is abandoned

Sawbridgeworth were again frustrated by the weather as rain denied them the possibility of completing a league double over Holtwhites Trinibis this season, writes Richard White.

Having beaten their Enfield-based opponents by 48 runs in their away fixture nine weeks ago, Steve Ashman’s side produced an excellent performance with the ball to dismiss the visitors to Town Fields for 108 in 31.1 overs.

Sadly for the hosts, a second heavy shower during the innings break meant they were unable to begin their reply and the match was eventually abandoned at 4.28pm. Both teams took 10 points, which leaves Sawbo outfit 55 points off the promotion places in Saracens Herts League Division One with five matches to play.

For the second year running, Holtwhites were saved by the weather at Town Fields after the corresponding game 12 months ago saw them concede 313 runs before the elements intervened.

Vibhor Yadav impressed with the ball at the start of the innings, taking 2-22 from his 10 overs, conceding just seven scoring shots and bowling 53 dot balls.

George Kenny (1-35) took the first wicket of Phool Abbas (9) and the visitors advanced to 25-2 before a 33-minute rain delay reduced the match to 46 overs per side.

After Samir Muhammed (9) was run out by Owen Groves, Matt Billings (4-20) and Michael Burrell (2-15) sparked a collapse from 57-3 to 82-9. Valance Morris (16) and Leonard Walker (12*) put on 26 for the last wicket – the highest partnership of the innings – before the former was lbw to Billings.

Meanwhile, Sawbo II suffered their ninth defeat in 10 games as they lost by 10 wickets to their Redbourn counterparts. Alex Syed’s men were skittled out for just 45 in 21.4 overs to remain 11 points from safety and second from bottom in Division 5B of the Saracens Herts League.

In the Tees Herts and Essex Border League, Sawbo III remain in mid-table in Division Two despite losing to leaders Ardeley Walkern by 94 runs.

The hosts scored 200-4 from their 40 overs, with Sam Shemwell (3-43) and Romesh Paktsun (1-29) taking the wickets for Sawbo.

Sawbo could muster only 106-8 in reply, but there was a milestone for Alfie Burrell, who scored his maiden league 50 before being dismissed on that score.

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