Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division: Wells' efforts in vain as Stortford lose to Hoddesdon
Bishop's Stortford were unable to recover from a disastrous start as they suffered an eight-wicket home defeat to Hoddesdon on Saturday.
The hosts were put into bat in overcast conditions and soon found themselves in all sorts of trouble on 2-4 in the third over of the Saracens Hertfordshire League, Premier Division match.
Ben Twohig and Ryan Wells steadied the ship a little by pushing the score up to 37 before the former was adjudged lbw for 19.
Wells carried on and shared a 45-run stand with Dom Clutterbuck (27), but he fell for 34 and, after a quick cameo from Matt Pike (18), Stortford were all out for 110 in the 29th over. Sam Davis ended with 6-54 and Matt Varner claimed 3-38.
Hoddesdon had 74 overs to reach their total in the timed contest and were keen to finish the job before the rain arrived.
They did lose opener Rob Walters in the 10th over, but James Achillea (43 not out) and Jayden Broodryk (40) helped them reach 111-2 in the 21st over. Callum Sykes and Simon Lindop got the wickets to fall.
There was far better news for Stortford II as they wrapped up a comprehensive 10-wicket win at Cheshunt Rosedale in Division 4A.
Liam Mays bagged 4-33 and was backed up by Richie Heywood (3-28) and Sam Robinson (3-22) as the hosts were dismissed for 131.
Jonny Gaffney (78 not out) and Haitel Patel (45 not out) required just 15.1 overs to get Stortford to 132 without loss.
Stortford III went down by eight wickets in a high-scoring Tees Herts & Essex Border League, Premier Division game against Stansted Hall & Elsenham.
Andrew Lewin made 50 and David Collard hit 81 in the hosts' 274-8, but it was not enough as opener Nick Price's unbeaten 126 steered the visitors to 275-2.
Stortford IV suffered a four-wicket loss in the final over of their Division Two encounter at Nazeing Common II.
Stortford's total of 209-8 looked a good one on a challenging wicket, with Grahame Smith making 46, before Fred Hussain and Graeme Sumner both added 48.
Two wickets each for Elizabeth Clune and Nadia Wheeler looked to have put Stortford in control, despite Andy Humphreys making 54, but an excellent 48 not out from Luke Rivers saw Nazeing reach 212-6 in the last over.