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Saracens Herts League Division One: Sawbridgeworth return to winning ways with win over Harpenden II

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Sawbridgeworth returned to winning ways as they defeated Harpenden II by two wickets at Town Fields on Saturday, writes Richard White.

With leaders Ampthill Town losing to Leverstock Green – who host Sawbo this weekend – just 18 points separate the top five in Saracens Hertfordshire League, Division One.

In a game reduced to 48 overs per side due to a delayed start, the hosts produced their seventh-best successful league run chase in all games recorded since 1984 as they overhauled Harpenden's total of 239-6 with 16 balls to spare.

Owen Groves got them off to a positive start by scoring 35 off 34 balls, but the game was in the balance after they slipped from 53-1 to 76-4.

Vibhor Yadav (75) and skipper George Kenny (33) put on 93 for the fifth wicket before both departed in quick succession to leave the home side 174-6.

Michael Burrell (44 off 39 balls) and Steve Ashman began slowly, but when Tom Beasley (3-53) conceded 18 off his last over to put Sawbo over 200, the hosts were comfortably ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method as the umpires allowed play to continue in torrential rain. Even the loss of two more wickets would have kept them ahead in the equation, but did not happen until the pair had added 55 in 67 balls.

Charlie Mann and Sean Black finished off proceedings, with the winning runs coming from a no ball bowled by John Card which sailed away for four byes.

Earlier, Gus Laws-Mather scored an unbeaten 114 for the visitors while Danish Zaman (2-37) was the pick of the bowlers for Sawbo, for whom Kenny, Burrell, Matt Billings and Amit Gupta took a wicket apiece.

In Division 5B, Sawbo II slipped to a third successive defeat as they lost a rain-affected encounter against leaders Potten End by 62 runs.

After the hosts scored 206-4 from 46 overs, Sawbo were set a revised target of 181 from 41 overs, but were all out for 118, with the only double-figure contributions coming from Rhys Ashman (39) and James Bovaird (21).

Sawbo III consolidated second place in Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Division Two as they thrashed Woodford Wells IV by 122 runs to record their fourth win on the trot.

Put in to bat, they piled up 277-4 in their 40 overs with Ophir Diemaker top-scoring with 74. James McDonald starred with bat and ball as he contributed a useful 37 before taking 4-18 in seven overs.

The Essex side were all out for 155 with Charlie Newman (2-41), Paul James (2-33) and Ethan Hook (1-50) taking the other wickets to fall in a game where both sides fielded 10 players.

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