Saracens Herts League: Records tumble as 19-year-old Jack Timms skippers Sawbo to big win at St Margaretsbury
Sawbridgeworth missed out on promotion from Division One of the Saracens Hertfordshire League despite demolishing St Margaretsbury by 125 runs in their final game on Saturday (Sept 4), writes Richard M White.
Their ninth win of the season saw them finish third in the table, 18 points behind Broxbourne, who secured the runners-up spot with a five-wicket win over bottom side Ickleford, who are relegated along with Holtwhites Trinibis. Hitchin were top.
At 19 years 144 days old, Jack Timms became the youngest player ever to captain Sawbridgeworth in a first-team league match.
After he lost the toss, visitors Sawbo piled up 292-7 from their 50 overs, with Timms creating more history as he featured in the club’s highest ever third-wicket partnership in a league match.
He added 200 runs with Vibhor Yadav – who hit his third century of the season, scoring 127 off 92 balls with 11 fours and seven sixes – before eventually being dismissed for 78, his second highest league score for Sawbo.
Yadav’s seven sixes meant another club record of 31 sixes in a league season.
Yadav (9-1-26-2) took the early wickets of Simon Tilbury (0) and David Murphy (2) as the home side slipped to 94-6.
Toby Jennings top-scored with 47 off 44 balls as the ‘Bury were eventually dismissed for 167. The other wickets fell to Sean Black (3-43), Matt Billings (2-37), Timms (1-14), Michael Burrell (1-23) and a run-out.
Meanwhile, Sawbo II got the win they needed to stay up in Division 5 B with a five-wicket win over Mill Hill Village.
Andrew Dongworth (4-15), William Jones (3-34), Romesh Paktsun (1-27) and Nick Dale (1-19) dismissed their 10-man visitors for 105.
In reply, the hosts slipped to 62-5 before skipper Alex Syed (37*) and Alfie Burrell (18*) saw them complete just their third win of a challenging season that saw them finish seventh in the table.
The third XI’s season finished three weeks ago. They ended up finishing fifth in Division Two of the Tees Herts and Essex Border League, their best season for a number of years.