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Bishop's Stortford beaten by Swardeston in ECB National Club Championship and Hertford in Readers Herts 20/20 group final

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Bishop’s Stortford went down by 55 runs at Swardeston in the ECB National Club Championship on Sunday as they prepare for the start of the Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division season this weekend.

The hosts won the toss and made 290-9 from their 40 overs after electing to bat as Callum Taylor struck 128 and Benjamin Chapman hit 72. There were two wickets apiece for Zaman Akhter, Callum Sykes and Masoor Khan.

Ben Twohig made 69 at No 3 and Sykes, batting at No 10, blasted an unbeaten 37 off just 19 balls, but Stortford closed on 235-9.

The previous day, Stortford were beaten by Hertford in the Readers Herts 20/20 Group C final.

Bailey Eustance scored 54 as their opponents put 117-8 on the board, with Akhter, Twohig and Dom Clutterbuck all claiming two scalps.

Stortford, who had earlier seen off Shenley Village by nine wickets in the first round, came up short on 108-8 with Akhter’s 34 the biggest contribution.

Tommy Burslem’s men are now gearing up for their first game back in the Saracens Premier after promotion at home to West Herts on Saturday.

David Collard hit a century as Stortford III won a gripping first Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division game of the season at home to Willingale by four runs.

He made 109 and had good support from Harrison Barrett (52) and captain Antony Foster (40 not out) as they posted 282-6 while opposition bowler Imran Ahmed (3-40) took a hat-trick.

It looked a tough target, but Dave Mundell (129) and Syed Shah (47 not out) got Willingale to within nine runs of victory going into the last over.

However, it was Stortford’s day as Tim Fayard (3-68) got a wicket and there were two run outs as their opponents were all out for 278.

In Division Two, Stortford IV succumbed by 107 runs away to a strong Woodford Wells IV side.

The hosts took advantage of a small and fast-scoring ground to make a challenging total of 317-6. Tim Macey and Graeme Sumner took two wickets apiece.

Fred Hussain made an excellent 78 in reply, but no one else could contribute a big score as they were removed for 210 and had to settle for maximum batting points.

Stortford Ladies cruised into the third round of the National T20 Cup with a six-wicket win over Hitchin.

Wickets for Elizabeth Clune, Hannah Stapleton, Chloe Allison, Nadia Wheeler, Emilia Godber and Evie Matthews helped remove their opponents for 34 before Anna Swan and Allison scored the winning runs in the seventh over.

Meanwhile, Sawbridgeworth III made the best possible start to their HEBL Division Two campaign by defeating Stansted Hall and Elsenham II by 100 runs, writes Richard White.

Phil Hyam's side produced an excellent team performance as they notched up a convincing win against their depleted opponents.

Jawwad Hussain (34) and Craig Noonan (36) featured in a fourth-wicket partnership of 51 while Gagan Bassi top-scored with 38 from 31 balls and James Bovaird struck 24 off 17 as they put on 46 in five overs.

That all helped Sawbo post 230-9 from their 40 overs. George Mackenzie (3-30) was the pick of the attack for the visitors.

The Hall struggled against some very tight bowling in reply and David Tilman (18) and Gus Mackinlay (24) were the only members of their top six to reach double figures.

George Mackenzie (40 not out off 36 balls) rounded off an excellent individual display to help add an unbeaten 52 with his brother Fred (10 not out) as his side closed on 130-6.

Andrew Dongworth and Tommy Hamilton took two wickets apiece for the hosts.

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