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Bishop’s Stortford up to fifth in Saracens Herts League Premier Division after completing double over Old Owens

Bishop’s Stortford completed the double over Old Owens with a comfortable seven-wicket win at Cricketfield Lane on Saturday that lifts them to fifth in the Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division table.

Losing the toss and being asked to field, Stortford took the first three wickets all with the score on 21; two from Sam Davis and one from Simon Lindop, who had overseas player Trystan Kennedy caught in the slips by Ben Twohig. Davis claimed two more scalps to leave the hosts on 48-5.

Jack Timms dug in and was joined by wicketkeeper Chris Palmer. They took the score to 107, thanks to some mighty blows from the latter.

Soon after lunch, Palmer was out lbw for 47 (off 56 balls) to Twohig. And when Timms fell lbw to Dom Clutterbuck for 51 (123 balls) the innings quickly came to a conclusion and the visitors were all out for 132 in the 49th over. Davis finished with 4-36, Clutterbuck 3-20, Twohig 2-55 and Lindop 1-19.

With 65 overs to get the runs, Stortford found themselves without Maz Khan (2) in the first over. Joe Hawkins joined Aussie Jake Carder but there was a half-hour break in play when Old Owens’ wicketkeeper was injured trying to take a run out.

Upon the resumption, Carder and Hawkins progressed sensibly to 70 before Hawkins was bowled for 30. Joe Burslem came to the crease and five overs later Carder was caught for 47.

Twohig joined Burslem in the middle and the fifth ball he faced sailed over the boundary for six. That set the tone for his innings, with some magnificent shots sailing high and wide. The target was reached after 34 overs with Twohig unbeaten on 38 off 22 balls, hitting five sixes. Burslem was 16 not out.

Saturday sees the last of the timed game format against local rivals Hertford.

Batting was not the order of the day for Herts League Division 3A leaders Bishop’s Stortford II and mid-table Datchworth, who produced fewer than 100 runs between them.

Visitors Stortford won the toss and elected to field, which proved a good decision as opening bowlers Richie Heywood and Tim Smith took 4-13 and 4-7 respectively from each of their 10 overs. A wicket for James Woollerson and a run out brought Datchworth’s innings to a close on just 46.

Stortford’s batsmen didn’t find it easy, losing five wickets on their way to winning the match in the 12th over. On Saturday they face second-placed Rickmansworth at home.

By contrast, in the Tees Herts and Essex Border League Premier Division, Bishop’s Stortford III and title-chasing Stansted Hall & Elsenham produced almost 600 runs.

Matt Drury (114) and Harrison Barrett (83) shared a second-wicket partnership of 186 to help Stortford post 293-6, but SH&E reached 294-2 with an over to spare thanks to 76 from Rory McGurk, 61 from Nick Price, 72 not out from Jacob Talbot and 47 not out from Mohsin Zamir.

In Division 2 of the HEBL, leaders Essendon beat third-placed Bishop’s Stortford IV by 29 runs

Half-centuries from Charlie Cannon, A Bakar and Keith Chalk helped visitors Essendon reach 263-8, with 14-year-old Daniel Laskey taking 3-43.

Stortford’s reply started well through Callum Sykes (42) and Ella Vasey (59), but three run outs proved costly and stalled the home side, who ended all out on 234.

Bishop’s Stortford’s Cricketfield Lane ground will host the Boardman Davies Cup final on Sunday (August 6) from 2pm. HEBL Cup winners Matching Green, who beat Little Hallingbury by 38 runs in their semi-final, will meet Audley End, who thrashed Stansted Hall & Elsenham by 98 runs in their last-four contest.

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