Ross Daynes helps Bishop's Stortford beat Shenley Village in Saracens Herts League, Championship Division
Ross Daynes struck an unbeaten 47 as Bishop's Stortford put winless Shenley Village to the sword in the Saracens Herts League, Championship Division.
Captain Tommy Burslem put the opposition into bat after winning the toss at Cricketfield Lane and was rewarded with a steady flow of wickets as the visitors slumped to 78 for 8.
A ninth-wicket partnership worth 32 and a stand of 11 for the final wicket helped the away side muster 126 all out.
Matt Pike was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 16 from his seven overs. Other good performers were Chris Hall (3 for 32) and Simon Lindop (2 for 18).
Stortford openers Adam Bassingthwaighte and Daynes took the score to 47 before the former was trapped LBW for 21.
Ryan Wells went for 22 with the hosts on 99 before Daynes and Joe Hawkins (14 not out) saw them to 127 for 2 and an eight-wicket success.
The second XI were on the end of a 32-run defeat when they travelled to Borehamwood to take on Old Haberdashers.
Skipper Ruan Premadasa put their opponents into bat on a very green wicket that was indistinguishable from the outfield, and Olly Cremnitz (2 for 15), debutant Charlie Freeman (3 for 24) and Max Walter reduced them to 83 for 5.
A flurry of middle-order runs from their captain helped the hosts complete their innings on 179 for 8.
Old Haberdashers bowled tightly and, at 50 for 5 with rain on the horizon, the chase proved too much for Stortford and they were removed for 139. Ryan Palmer (33), Sam Robinson (31 not out) and Andrew O'Donovan (28) were the main contributors.
The fourth XI celebrated winning the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Division Three title after their top-two clash with Lion Hawks was abandoned due to heavy rain.
The weather spoiled the day somewhat at Cricketfield Lane, but the outcome meant Stortford ended their league campaign unbeaten.
The visitors were looking very good at 190 for 1 before three wickets apiece for Paul Findlay and Graeme Sumner helped keep them to 216 for 7.
A quick 100 partnership between Mark Vasey and Jay Ward, who were unbeaten on 53 and 48 respectively, had Stortford looking to force a victory before the heavens opened, but it could not dampen their title party.
There was no such celebrating for the third XI as they went down by four wickets when they met Farnham in the Premier Division.
Batting proved difficult on a damp wicket and only opener Jack Fraser-Andrews (49) made a significant contribution in Stortford's 145 for 8 in 39 overs.
Zac Ahmed (1 for 11) bowled a brilliant eight-over opening spell while Ollie Williams (2 for 19) and Joe Clune (2 for 21) kept up the pressure.
But Marcus Cattell made 65 and Nick Prowse was 39 not out as Farnham reached 147 for 6 with four overs to spare.