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Maiden league century from Rob Sanders in vain as Sawbridgeworth lose to Redbourn in Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League



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A maiden league century from Rob Sanders was not enough to take Sawbridgeworth over the line as they fell to a 28-run home defeat against Redbourn, writes Richard White.

Coming in at 86-3 at the start of the 19th over in the Saracens Hertfordshire League Division One match, Sanders produced a dominant display as he struck six sixes and seven fours in a brilliant 108 off just 91 balls. He scored more than 60% of all the runs scored whilst at the wicket as he finally made three figures in his 116th first-team appearance for Sawbo, 13 years after making his debut.

Sanders shared a seventh-wicket partnership of 70 with Charlie Mann (19) as he struck three successive maximums off the bowling of Chris Yorath and went from 50 to 100 in just 30 deliveries.

Sawbirdgeworth's Danish Zaman sends down a delivery in their defeat to Redbourn. Picture: Melissa Page.
Sawbirdgeworth's Danish Zaman sends down a delivery in their defeat to Redbourn. Picture: Melissa Page.

With five overs left the home side had reached 261-6, but, when Mann fell short of his ground attempting to complete a second run, the end came quickly as Sawbridgeworth's last four wickets fell for three runs and they were all out for 265 in what would have been a record run chase.

There was also a 58-run opening stand between Danny Wilson (33) and Owen Groves (22) while Vibhor Yadav hit three fours and three maximums in his 38.

Earlier, Ed Hales (59 off 23 balls) set the tone as he took 19 off skipper George Kenny's opening over as the home side raced to 100 inside 10 overs. After such an onslaught, Sawbridgeworth did well to restrict the visitors to under 300 as they eventually reached 293-7 from their 50 overs.

Sawbridgeworth's Vibhor Yadav celebrates taking a wicket against Redbourn. Picture: Melissa Page.
Sawbridgeworth's Vibhor Yadav celebrates taking a wicket against Redbourn. Picture: Melissa Page.

Yadav (3-39) was the pick of the Sawbo attack with the other wickets falling to Danish Zaman (2-55), Matt Billings (1-26) and Kenny, who was forced out of the attack with illness.

Sawbo II made it two wins from two in Division 5B as they came away from Mill Hill Village with a comprehensive 165-run win.

Skipper Alex Syed top-scored with 78 out of their total of 254-9 with other useful contributions coming from James Bovaird (25), Luke Garratt (28), Steve Ashman (41) and Nick Dale (25 not out).

They needed only 28 overs to dismiss their hosts for 89 with Dale and Andrew Dongworth taking 3-29 and 2-21 respectively while James Frans took a wicket with his first ball in senior cricket for the club.

Saad Naveed in action for Sawbridgeworth against Redbourn. Picture: Melissa Page.
Saad Naveed in action for Sawbridgeworth against Redbourn. Picture: Melissa Page.

In the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Sawbo III moved up to second place in Division Two after they beat Ardeley Walkern by eight wickets.

Following the early loss of both openers, Gagan Bassi (97 not out) and Ian Bowler (69 not out) saw Phil Hyam's men home in the 38th over as they managed to overhaul the visitors' 207-5.



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