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Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division: Joe Hawkins' half-century in vain as Bishop's Stortford suffer defeat at Totteridge Millhillians

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Joe Hawkins' half-century was in vain as Bishop's Stortford suffered a five-wicket defeat at Totteridge Millhillians in the Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division on Saturday.

Captain Tommy Burslem lost the toss and saw Hawkins and Ben Twohig (21) take the score to 70 following the early loss of Maz Khan.

Hawkins had made a solid 54 when he was bowled to leave Stortford 112-3 before Joe Burslem was caught for a good 41.

Quick wickets fell until Zum Akhter (26 not out) and Tommy Burslem (25 not out) produced a partnership of 51 off 38 balls to get the visitors to 204-6 from their 50 overs. Iresh Saxena (2-23) was the pick of the Totteridge bowlers.

The hosts showed their intent from the start of the run chase and had amassed 42 by the end of the sixth over.

Akhter (2-39) then removed both openers and Stortford appeared to be in the driving seat when the hosts found themselves 105-5 in the 20th over.

Joe Hawkins made a half-century in Bishop's Stortford first team's defeat to Totteridge Millhillians
Joe Hawkins made a half-century in Bishop's Stortford first team's defeat to Totteridge Millhillians

But Shaun O'Brien and Simon Webster, who produced unbeaten knocks worth 37 and 73 respectively, got Totteridge to 208-5 in the 42nd over. Twohig bowled exceptionally for figures of 3-26.

Haitel Patel fell just short of a century as he helped Stortford II register an excellent 51-run home victory over Watford Town II in Division 4A.

The opener was run out for 91 having shared a fine 90-run partnership for the third wicket with Murray Davidson, who made an exciting 48 off just 41 balls, as the hosts posted 242-9.

An eighth-wicket stand of 50 helped Watford recover from 37-5, but they were dismissed for 191 to come up well short.

Stortford III succumbed by 120 runs when they entertained Takeley in the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division.

The visitors piled on 301-8 from their 45 overs as Liam Brown made 85 and Pat Roach was 50 not out. Will Dommett picked up 4-58 with the ball.

Hugh Williams made 68 in reply, but Stortford were bowled out for 181 with Chris Thake taking 4-28.

It was far closer in Division Two when Stortford IV lost by a single run at Harlow Town III in a match that went to the last ball.

Paul Smith made 66 for the home side and Nadia Wheeler took 3-34 as Stortford restricted Harlow to 179-9 in their innings despite dropping 10 catches.

In reply, Stortford recovered from losing three early wickets as 15-year-old Alex Banhidai made 68 in quick time.

Stortford needed 12 going into the final over and then four to tie off the last ball which was smashed towards the boundary by Elizabeth Clune, only for it to be stopped two feet short as they ended on 178-8 and lost by the narrowest of margins.

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