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Saracens Hertfordshire League: Vibhor Yadav century helps Sawbridgeworth to crucial victory

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Vibhor Yadav scored a brilliant century to help Sawbridgeworth record a crucial Saracens Hertfordshire League victory at Harpenden II on Saturday, writes Richard White.

The all-rounder rescued his side from 49-4 as he struck 10 fours and seven sixes on his way to scoring 116 from 109 balls in the Division One contest.

He was finally dismissed in the last over as the visitors, who remain fourth in the table, were all out for 245 after they were invited to bat by their relegation-threatened opponents.

Sawbridgeworth's Vibhor Yadav. Picture: Vikki Lince
Sawbridgeworth's Vibhor Yadav. Picture: Vikki Lince

George Kenny contributed 38 in a fifth-wicket partnership of 59 before the visitors slipped from 110-4 to 134-7 in less than six overs.

The last three wickets added 111 runs, with Saad Naveed contributing just nine runs to a ninth-wicket partnership of 70 with Yadav as they helped their side pass 200 for only the second time this season.

Steve Ashman's men eventually won the game on a superior rate after a 25-minute rain delay early in Harpenden's innings saw their target reduced to 211 from 43 overs.

The home side, who have won just once all season, were 169-9 with nine balls left to bowl when a heavy shower took the players off the field for the second and final time which was enough to give Sawbo their sixth league win of the campaign.

Yadav took the first two wickets of Harpenden's reply, dismissing Dan Bradley (16) and Gus Laws-Mather (11). Both players were caught behind by Ashman, who took a third catch during a devastating spell by Sean Black (3-23) who struck three times in seven balls.

Will Latham top-scored for Harpenden with 54 while Naveed completed a good day by taking 3-29 in 7.3 overs, his best first XI league figures.

Sawbridgeworth are 30 points behind third-placed Broxbourne – who they host this Saturday – after closing the gap on their rivals, who were rained off against second-placed Leverstock Green.

Sawbo's second and third teams' home games fell victim to the weather.

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