Rob Sanders returns to form as Sawbridgeworth beat Leverstock Green to remain clear at the top of Saracens Herts League, Division One
Sawbridgeworth maintained their 29-point advantage at the top of Saracens Herts League, Division One after recording a comfortable six-wicket victory over Leverstock Green at Town Fields, writes Richard White.
Steve Ashman's side recorded their fourth successive win after they successfully negotiated a potentially tricky chase in difficult conditions, reaching their target of 143 with 11 overs to spare.
Majid Khan took the wickets of Travis Hussain and Vibhor Yadav in an excellent opening spell and when Danny Wilson (27) was adjudged LBW to Charlie Mahanama, the hosts were struggling on 46 for 3 in the 19th over.
At this stage, Sawbo were behind the required run rate with rain threatening to curtail proceedings. Thankfully for the home side, the elements improved as Rob Sanders and Joe Holland (19) steadied any nerves as they added 65 for the fourth wicket in 75 balls.
Sanders, who had scored just four runs in his previous three innings this term, produced a beautiful innings as he recorded his 15th career league half-century for Sawbo. He ended unbeaten on 62, finishing the game with a second six which added to seven boundaries in his 72-ball innings.
With Michael Burrell adding a cameo 15 not out from 10 balls at the other end, the pair completed the win about five minutes before heavy rain returned.
Earlier, Paul James (9-1-39-2) and George Kenny (4-1-13-1) reduced the visitors to 43 for 3 before Jamie Wallis (67) and Neil Merrett (11) put on 53 for the fourth wicket.
The visitors collapsed from 121 for 4 to 142 all out, with Matt Billings (6-3-14-3) and Yadav (6.3-0-25-3) doing the damage while Holland's direct hit from mid-wicket saw Troy Henry run out for a second-ball duck.
Meanwhile, the second XI's frustrating season continued as they suffered their third cancellation in four weeks as a waterlogged Leventhorpe School pitch put paid to their Division 5B fixture against Luton Town and Indians III.
However, the third XI ended their Tees Herts and Essex Border League, Division Two campaign in style by recording their first win as they defeated Little Munden by eight wickets.
They restricted their hosts to 129 for 9 in 30 overs. Ethan Hook and James MacDonald claimed figures of 3 for 27 and 2 for 8 respectively while there was a wicket apiece for Alfie Burrell, Charlie Newman and Adam MacDonald.
The latter also contributed 44 with the bat as the visitors reached 130 for 2 in 28.2 overs. Tony Marshall (56 not out) and Ted Levey (13 not out) saw them home with 10 balls to spare.