Michael Burrell becomes first player to take five catches in a Sawbridgeworth first-team match since 1984 as he helped them overcome Hitchin
Michael Burrell produced a record-breaking fielding performance as Sawbridgeworth maintained their unbeaten start to their Saracens Hertfordshire League, Division One campaign with a dramatic two-run victory over Hitchin, writes Richard White.
The former captain took no fewer than five catches – including all of the last four wickets to fall – as Steve Ashman's side triumphed off the final ball of the day to move 29 points clear at the top of the table.
Burrell became the first player to take five catches in any of Sawbridgeworth's 1,616 first-team matches played since 1984.
Chasing 218 to win on a slow Town Fields wicket, the visitors required 68 from the last nine overs having reached 150 for 3 and looked favourites when needing 19 to win off 14 balls with four wickets in hand
George Kenny (3 for 32) was given the task of bowling the final six balls with 14 needed by Hitchin.
Ollie Howell edged the first delivery for a single before James Smith holed out to mid-off but as the batsmen crossed, it put Howell back on strike. After making no contact with the third delivery, Howell struck a six and a four off the next two balls but was unable to clear Burrell.
Burrell also produced a superb spell with the ball, returning outstanding figures of 9-3-17-1, while Matt Billings took 4 for 62 and Vibhor Yadav got 2 for 48.
Earlier, Yadav (61) and Joe Holland (55) put on 99 together in the hosts' 217 for 8.
There was disappointment for the second XI as they suffered their first defeat in Division 5B with a narrow two-wicket reverse at Redbourn.
Reheem Sohail top-scored with 57 before Kieran Morgan (41) and William Jones (36) added 64 for the fifth wicket in their 209.
Jones (4 for 22) also starred with the ball, but their opponents got home in 39.1 overs.
The third XI's wait for a first victory in Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Division Two goes on after they lost to Bengeo by five wickets.
Tommy Hamilton top-scored with 45 in their total of 134 while their successful bowlers were Charlie Newman (2 for 29), Ethan Hook (2 for 35) and Alfie Burrell (1 for 27).