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Saracens Herts League: Sawbo fail again to string together consecutive wins as Ampthill move top in Division One



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Sawbridgeworth missed the chance to move into the promotion places when they lost at Ampthill Town on Saturday, writes Richard White.

The Bedfordshire side secured victory – their fifth in six matches – by six wickets as they easily overhauled the visitors’ total of 209-9 with more than four overs to spare to move top of the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division One table.

In contrast, the result summed up the inconsistency of George Kenny’s side, who have not managed to string together consecutive league victories so far this season. They drop from third to fifth, with three wins and three defeats in their six matches.

Owen Groves (15) and Rob Sanders put on 40 for Sawbo's first wicket. The latter fell three short of his half-century as he was caught behind by Nick Barden off the bowling of veteran Will Sneath with the score on 67.

Ben Slawinski had a hand in two of the next three wickets to fall as the visitors slipped from 91-2 to 96-5. He trapped Vibhor Yadav (16) lbw and took a spectacular one-handed slip catch to dismiss Matt Billings off the bowling of James Gage, who had removed Steve Ashman (4) in his previous over.

Amit Gupta (37) added 45 for the sixth wicket with Kenny (31) before Charlie Mann (18) and Sean Black, with a league best score of 24, helped Sawbo get over the 200 mark.

In reply, Slawinski (40 off 33 balls) added 66 for Ampthill's second wicket with Will Glenister before both players were dismissed in successive overs.

The game was in the balance at 68-3 but Barden (68) and Liam Everitt (48 not out) batted very sensibly as they put on 117 for the fourth wicket. Pat Brooke (17 not out) hit the winning runs in the 46th over.

Sawbridgeworth II also occupy fifth in Division 5B after they lost to Baldock by 47 runs.

Chasing 257 to win, Alex Syed’s side collapsed from 177-4 to 209 all out after Gagan Bassi (71 not out) had shared partnerships of 89 with Tommy Hamilton (30) and 40 with Alfie Burrell (25).

Earlier, Sam Shemwell had taken four wickets on his second-team debut as the hosts posted an imposing 256-9 from their 50 overs.

Meanwhile, Sawbridgeworth III continued their fine run of form as they thrashed their Harlow Town counterparts by 147 runs to move up to second place in Division Two of the Tees Herts and Essex Border League.

Kieran Morgan struck a career best 134 out of their total of 267-6 while his son Travis took 3-19 in seven overs as the hosts crawled to 120-8.

Kieran chipped in with 1-12 with Charlie Newman (2-26), Romesh Paktsun (1-28) and James Macdonald (1-11) taking the other wickets for Sawbo, who recorded their fifth win in seven matches.



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