Saracens Herts League: Ben Twohig hits 53 as Bishop's Stortford win by 22 runs away to Luton Town & Indians
Ben Twohig hit a half-century as Bishop's Stortford picked up their second Saracens Herts League, Championship Division win of the season away to Luton Town & Indians.
The victory puts the unbeaten Cricketfield Lane club second in the table with 70 points after two wins and two 'no results' from their four games – two points behind leaders Hemel Hempstead (72) and three ahead of Dunstable (67).
Stortford captain Tommy Burslem elected to bat first on a green wicket after winning the toss and saw his side amass 204 for 9 in their 50 overs.
Twohig (53) shared a 110-run partnership with Joe Burslem (48) while Joe Hawkins and skipper Tommy Burslem both added 23, the latter being not out.
Stortford were a little concerned when Luton reached 102 for 4 in reply with more than 20 overs remaining, but Jonny Gaffney removed dangerous overseas player Murtaza Trunkwala with his first ball as wicketkeeper Hawkins claimed one of three keeping catches.
The lower order put up a fight but Stortford dismissed their opponents for 182 to win by 22 runs. Dom Clutterbuck – who was the pick of the bowlers – Gaffney, Twohig and Simon Lindop all took two wickets.
In Division 4A, Bishop's Stortford II suffered a 16-run defeat at the hands of Northwood Town.
Stortford lost the toss and saw their opponents muster 201 all out. Max Walter, Charlie Freeman and Chris Hall took two wickets apiece and there was one each for Zak Wilson, Liam Mays and Harry Olorenshaw.
In reply, opener Ross Daynes (20) and Olorenshaw (26) shared a 55-run stand and there were useful contributions from Tom Waring (29), Hall (26) and Freeman (21), but Stortford were removed for 185 in the 44th over.
Adrian Wacey took 5 for 36 as Bishop's Stortford III secured a three-wicket home success against Farnham in the Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division.
The veteran's fine figures came as the visitors made a challenging 250 all out, with A Richardson (80) and Ollie Radley (53) starring with the bat.
Stortford made a strong start in reply thanks to Jaya Fernando (60) and Sam Hyne (41), but they needed an excellent unbroken 91-run partnership between Simon Sargent (34 not out) and Hugh Williams (47 not out) to get them to 252 for 7 with an over to spare.
Teenage debutant Thomas Greenhill excelled as Bishop's Stortford IV won by four wickets at Takeley II in Division Two.
The 14-year-old leg-spinner took 4 for 2 in 3.4 overs as he polished off the lower order in the hosts' 131 all out. Jack Connolly (59) was the pick of the batsmen.
Fred Hussain dominated the reply as his unbeaten 80 helped guide Stortford to 132 for 6 with almost 10 overs to spare.