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Sawbirdgeworth Cricket Club maintain league form but are knocked out of the National Village Cup by Langleybury




Vibhor Yadav scored his second successive century on Saturday to help Sawbridgeworth maintain their unbeaten start to the Saracens Hertfordshire League, Division One season as they registered a 24-run victory at Broxbourne, writes Richard White.

The all-rounder followed up last week's 107 against Holtwhites Trinibis with another stunning performance, hitting 115 off 90 balls with 13 fours and five sixes as the visitors piled up 287 for 4 from their 45 overs.

He shared a third-wicket partnership of 134 with Travis Hussain (74) in 119 balls after Owen Groves had contributed a useful 36 on his return to the side after scoring his maiden century for the second XI seven days previously.

In-form Sawbridgeworth batsman Vibhor Yadav. Picture: Vikki Lince
In-form Sawbridgeworth batsman Vibhor Yadav. Picture: Vikki Lince

In reply, Broxbourne's opening pair of Gagan Dissanyake and Josh Bailey (29) took advantage of two dropped catches as they put on 74 for the first wicket in 14 overs. Yadav (6-2-25-1) had the former caught behind before Bailey was bowled by Matt Billings, who became only the 10th Sawbridgeworth player since 1984 to take 100 first-team league wickets.

Charlie Willis (40) and Kazzi Hogg (22) added 53 off 46 balls to leave the hosts requiring 146 from 20 overs before both players fell in the space of 11 deliveries. Some excellent bowling from Michael Burrell (7-0-28-1) and William Jones (9-0-45-2) stemmed the run rate and, despite unbeaten pair Niall and Liam Robinson (62 not out and 16 not out respectively) putting on 49 in the final six overs, Broxbourne fell short on 263 for 7.

Meanwhile, the second XI also made it two wins from three games in Division 5B with a five-wicket win over their Broxbourne counterparts.

They dismissed the visitors for 157 in 39.3 overs with Saad Naveed (2 for 38), Nick Dale (4 for 33), Louis Kirby (2 for 32), Romesh Paktsun (1 for 26) and Reheem Sohail (1 for 10) sharing the bowling spoils.

Naveed's men raced to victory inside 26 overs with Sohail (56) and Kieran Morgan (59) putting on 109 for the third wicket after they had slumped to 9 for 2.

In contrast, the third XI are still searching for their first win in Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Division Two as they lost by 111 runs to Essendon, for whom Robert Meekcoms hit 147 in their total of 299 for 4.

Oliver Bruton (2 for 57) and Alfie Burrell (1 for 44) were the most successful bowlers for Sawbo, while Ethan Hook conceded 41 runs in eight overs on his league debut.

In reply, Phil Hyam's side made 188 for 7 with Jason Hill top scoring with 62 not out.

There were mixed fortunes for the club on Sunday, with the firsts suffering a heavy defeat at Langleybury in the second round of the The Cricketer National Village Cup.

Glyn Woon-Sam (104) and Will Oxley (89) led a recovery from 23 for 2 with a third-wicket stand of 142 as the hosts amassed 274 for 7 from their 40 overs.

Harry Gale took 2 for 58 from eight overs with the other wickets falling to Sam Timms (1 for 60), Saad Naveed (1 for 40) and Matt Billings (1 for 44) along with two run outs.

In reply, a depleted Sawbo never recovered after collapsing to 22 for 4 and were eventually dismissed for 125. Matthew Jones top scored with 38 as he added 62 for the fifth wicket with Brad Oakes (37) while Billings (17) was the only other player to reach double figures.

However, the development side made it two wins out of two in their new competition as they beat Hatfield Hyde by 42 runs.

Alfie Burrell top scored with 41 as Sawbo made 163 for 7 in their 30 overs, and they dismissed the visitors for 121 with Ethan Hook (2 for 6) and Mason Kirby (3 for 24) the pick of the bowlers.



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