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Sawbridgeworth III beat Cloghams to consolidate second place in Tees Herts and Essex Border League, Division Two

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Sawbridgeworth III bounced back from three successive defeats to beat Cloghams by six wickets and consolidate second place in Tees Herts and Essex Border League, Division Two, writes Richard White.

They dismissed their hosts for 131 in 35.1 overs as Jack Dougall led an excellent bowling display with figures of 3-33.

The other wickets were shared by James Macdonald (2-35), Romesh Paktsun (2-10), debutant Charles Robinson (2-15) and Adam Macdonald, who took 1-37 with his part-time off-spin.

The visitors slipped to 40-3 in reply before Adam Macdonald (46) added 47 for the fourth wicket with Paul James (30 not out) and then Paktsun reeled off seven boundaries in his unbeaten 32 as Sawbo completed their victory at the start of the 23rd over.

Their ninth win of the campaign saw them increase their lead to eight points over third-placed Essendon with four matches left to play.

In contrast, it was a day of crushing disappointment for Sawbridgeworth’s top two sides.

The first team lost to St Margaretsbury by seven wickets in Saracens Hertfordshire League, Division One after being skittled out for just 109.

Amit Gupta (23) and Rob Sanders (29) put on 41 for the first wicket. Matt Billings (12) and Luke Garrett (16) took the score to 77-3 before Sawbo’s last seven wickets fell for just 32 runs, with last man Danish Zaman hitting 11 off five balls to take them into triple figures.

Charlie Rudkin (4-45) and John Thorley (2-24) shared six wickets against their former club with Kam Raja (1-18) and Joe O’Gorman (3-21) also impressing as the hosts were dismissed midway through the 33rd over.

The ‘Bury needed just 16 overs to complete their comprehensive win with Rudkin (36 off 26 balls) and David Murphy (45 not out) featuring in a third-wicket partnership of 76.

In Division 5B, Sawbo II suffered one of their heaviest defeats as they lost to Boxmoor by 224 runs, leaving them third from bottom in the table.

Opener Daniel Hobbs top-scored with 115 for the hosts, who piled up 312-8 in their 50 overs.

Matt Jones (4-78), Harry Gale (2-82) and James Frans (1-46) were the wicket-takers for the visitors with Gale also claiming two catches and a run out.

Tommy Hamilton (34), Jones (12) and Andrew Dongworth (13) were Sawbo’s only double-figure contributors as they were all out for just 88.

Prateek Malhotra did the damage for the home side, taking a hat-trick during his spell of 6-23.

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