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Vibhor Yadav becomes first player in Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club's history to score three successive league centuries as they beat Harpenden II




Vibhor Yadav rewrote the record books as he helped Sawbridgeworth move to the top of Saracens Hertfordshire League, Division One with a 44-run victory over Harpenden II, writes Richard White.

The 29-year-old all-rounder became the first player in the club's history to score three successive league centuries as he struck 18 fours and a six on his way to scoring 113 from 99 balls.

He also shared a record-breaking fifth-wicket league partnership of 138 alongside Danny Wilson (53) with the pair coming together in the ninth over at 73 for 4 after Joe Holland (26 off 17 balls) had been dismissed for the first time this season.

Sawbridgeworth's in-form batsman Vibhor Yadav. Picture: Vikki Lince
Sawbridgeworth's in-form batsman Vibhor Yadav. Picture: Vikki Lince

Billy May (6 for 45) took three wickets in successive overs as the hosts slipped from 211 for 4 to 230 for 7 before skipper Steve Ashman (30 off 27 balls) and George Kenny (18) added 50 for the eighth wicket at exactly a run a ball. Sawbridgeworth were eventually all out for 282 with 10 balls of their 45-over allocation unused.

In reply, Harpenden were dismissed for 238 with none of their batsmen managing to reach 50. Opener Dan Bradley hit 43 off 30 balls before Nick Reeves (44) and Guy Watts (30) featured in a sixth-wicket partnership of 57.

The wickets were shared by Paul James (3 for 51), Matt Billings (2 for 43), Yadav (2 for 44), Kenny (1 for 45) and Jack Timms (2 for 34).

Elsewhere, the second XI remain the only unbeaten side in Division 5B as their game with Welwyn Garden City III was called off due to ground availability issues.

However, the third XI are still looking for their first win in Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Division Two after they lost to Wormley by 105 runs at Leventhorpe School.

The visitors piled up 302 for 5 with Andrew Dongworth (4 for 41) and Ethan Hook (1 for 57), who took his first league wicket, being the successful bowlers for the home side.

In reply, the hosts were all out for 197 despite a maiden league half-century from Adam MacDonald (51) and an unbeaten 51 from Romesh Paktsun.

There were also two wins for the club on Sunday, with the first team defeating Highgate Taverners in a thrilling game by three wickets with 10 balls to spare.

Chasing the visitors' 250 for 7, the hosts slipped to 108 for 4 before Reheem Sohail and skipper Romesh Paktsun (67 off 47 balls) added 99 for the fifth wicket.

Sohail, who scored 118 not out in last year's game, reached three figures once again as he finished unbeaten on 104 before Ethan Hook, who had earlier taken 1 for 27 in six overs, struck the winning boundary.

The development side made it three wins from three with a 49-run victory over Braughing.

James Macdonald top-scored with 42 in their 30-over total of 188 for 6 but Mason Kirby starred in both disciplines, scoring 36 not out before taking 5 for 29 in six overs as the visitors were all out for 139.



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