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Bishop’s Stortford IV beat Thaxted to take Herts & Essex Border League promotion race to the wire

Bishop’s Stortford IV are still in with a shout of going up after they beat Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Division Two promotion rivals Thaxted by five wickets.

After losing the toss on Saturday, they were able to restrict their hosts, who went into the contest at the top of the table, to 130-9 from 35 overs. Arthur Edwards snapped up 4-29 and Fraaz Ahmed took 2-13.

The visitors’ reply was hampered by rain interruptions, but captain Fred Hussain made an unbeaten 47 and Edwards completed a good day with a knock of 30 as they reached 131-5 in the 26th over.

Stortford are now within four points of Thaxted, who have dropped to second place, and 11 behind new leaders Essendon with one match remaining.

The third XI were also five-wicket winners as they got the better of Hockerill at home in the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division.

Scott Hunt (3-39) and captain Ruan Premadasa (3-36) were the main wicket takers to help dismiss Hockerill for 195 in 43.2 overs. Leo Kendrick top-scored with 43.

Adrian Wacey made an unbeaten 64 and was supported by Harrison Barrett (41) as the home team reached 196-5 with 20 balls to spare.

The first XI saw their home game with Radlett in the Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division abandoned due to rain.

The visitors won the toss in the 50-over game and were removed for 218. Kabir Toor top-scored with 69 while some of his colleagues fell to fine catches by Sam Davis and Dom Clutterbuck.

Following Toor’s departure, Radlett’s last four wickets fell for 19 runs. Clutterbuck and Ben Twohig ended with three wickets apiece.

The rain arrived at the interval and Stortford’s reply was reduced to 37 overs with a revised Duckworth-Lewis-Stern victory target of 190.

But only five overs were possible, with the hosts on 19-1, before further rain brought a premature end to proceedings.

The second XI’s game at Chipperfield Clarendon in Division 3A was also abandoned due to the bad weather.

The home team were reduced to 63-4 after 21.1 overs, but that was as far as things went. Tim Smith took three wickets and Zach Ahmed got the other.

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