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Bishop’s Stortford slipped back to the bottom of the Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division after suffering three-wicket defeat to Totteridge Millhillians

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Bishop’s Stortford slipped back to the bottom of the Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division after suffering a three-wicket home defeat to Totteridge Millhillians on Saturday.

Stortford captain Tommy Burslem won the toss and opted to bat first at Cricketfield Lane, seeing his side post 233-7 from their 60 overs in the timed contest.

The skipper himself made 39, Joe Hawkins hit 74 and there were also contributions from Maz Khan (38) and Joe Burslem (35).

Bishop's Stortford's Joe Hawkins
Bishop's Stortford's Joe Hawkins

Stortford were hopeful of claiming an important win when they reduced the visitors to 99-4 after 24 overs.

But Simon Webster struck 69 and both Jordan Bethel (49) and Jonathan Miles (48) narrowly missed out on half-centuries as Millhillians reached their target of 234 for the loss of seven wickets in the 51st over.

Ben Twohig took 3-85 and Dom Clutterbuck claimed 2-43. There was one wicket apiece for Simon Lindop and Ekky Singh.

The team now find themselves back on the bottom after Hoddesdon leapfrogged them with a win over West Herts.

Division 4A leaders Bishop’s Stortford II continued their title charge with an eight-wicket success at Watford Town II.

The hosts won the toss and chose to bat, but they were removed for 138 in 47 overs as Sam Howlett, Liam Mays, Ruan Premadasa and Harry Olorenshaw each claimed two victims with the ball.

The table-toppers then raced to 139-2 in just 28 overs as Haitel Patel (21) and Jonny Gaffney (56) put on 41 for the first wicket before the latter shared a 67-run stand with Olorenshaw (36 not out).

The runs flowed for both sides when Bishop’s Stortford III drew at Takeley in the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division.

Dominic Dann and Thomas Gillies were unbeaten on 110 and 160 respectively as the hosts racked up 326-2.

Under-16 player Tegid Thomas (110 not out) compiled his maiden century in reply as the away side closed on 298-8.

Teenager Elizabeth Clune starred with the ball as Bishop’s Stortford IV registered a nine-wicket home win over Harlow Town III in Division Two.

The 16-year-old claimed 4-30 as her team bowled out the visitors for an under-par 130.

And Stortford made light work of the run chase as Charlie Peace (70 not out) and James Lipscombe (46) guided them to 133-1 inside 17 overs.

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