Adam Bassingthwaighte hits maiden first-team century to guide Bishop's Stortford to first league win for 15 months
Adam Bassingthwaighte had a memorable afternoon as he helped Bishop's Stortford's first team record their first league victory in almost 15 months.
He struck his maiden century for the side – he scored 128 not out for the fourths four years ago aged 16 – to steer them to a 52-run home success over Langleybury in the Saracens Herts League, Championship Division.
And his day was capped nicely when he was presented with the Fish Cup for 2019 after being named the club's most improved under-21 player. The club's annual dinner and trophy presentation was cancelled due to the pandemic, but the decision was taken to present Bassingthwaighte with his prize following his chanceless and unbeaten 109.
Stortford, who only won two of their 18 matches as they were relegated from the Premier Division last summer, chose to bat after winning the toss.
Things did not look good at 30 for 3, but Bassingthwaighte and captain Tommy Burslem steadied things with an 89-run stand before the latter was caught for 43.
Joe Burslem (42) followed in his brother's footsteps before Bassingthwaighte powered on and reached his hundred from 114 balls, ultimately ending on 109 not out as Stortford posted 236 for 5.
Langleybury lost wickets regularly in reply, although a fifth-wicket partnership of 60 settled them down. Harry Bailey trapped captain Ross Channer for 30 and his partner Joe Roe followed soon after for 41.
There was some resilience from Simon Ross (25 not out), but the Langleybury innings finished on 184 with Simon Lindop (5 for 29) and Chris Hall (3 for 27) taking the wickets.
It was also a good day for the second XI as they triumphed by six wickets at Watford Town II in Division 4A.
Watford scored 195 as Jonny Gaffney (4 for 47) and Sam Robinson (3 for 30) did the bulk of the damage with one wicket apiece for Max Walter, Tom Waring and Andrew O'Donovan.
After losing a wicket on 28, Stortford more than recovered thanks to a 122-run stand between O'Donovan and Gaffney, the former hitting his wicket for 36 and the latter, who hit the ball to all corners of the ground, being bowled after reaching 100.
Jack Fraser Andrews (13 not out) and Tom Waring (27 not out) saw the side to 196 for 4 with 10 overs to spare.
There was no such luck for the third XI as they lost by four wickets against Matching Green in the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division.
Stortford recovered from a disastrous start thanks to under-16 Aidan Murphy (59) and veteran Simon Sargent (43 not out) as they posted a respectable 220 for 9 from 45 overs.
But a confident Matching Green batting performance ensured the hosts reached their victory target in 34 overs with six wickets down.
Andrew Lewin struck 93 and Jay Ward made 51 as the fourth XI recorded a big 145-run win at home to Thundridge in Division Three.
They punished the bowling and received support from the majority of their team-mates as the side amassed 269 for 7.
The visitors were soon in trouble at the hands of Kieran Surujbally (4 for 36) and Paul Findlay (2 for 18). And there were also two wickets apiece for Graeme Sumner and Ward as they were ousted for just 124.