Vibhor Yadav helps Sawbridgeworth beat Holtwhites Trinibis to set record league-winning run
Sawbridgeworth's first team rewrote the club's record books as Vibhor Yadav guided them to a 48-run victory over Holtwhites Trinibis at Kirkland Drive, writes Richard White.
Having won their last six league games of the 2020 season, Steve Ashman's side have now extended this sequence to eight in a row, surpassing the run of seven successive victories that was achieved by the club's league-winning team of 1984.
Yadav led the way in the Saracens Herts League, Division One contest as he produced the top individual score of the match – 46 – before taking 6 for 20 in a devastating new-ball spell.
The victory puts Sawbo second in the table with 80 points, courtesy of two wins and two 'no results' from their four matches. Leaders Hitchin (100), with three wins and one NR, are the only other unbeaten side. Leverstock Green are third with 74 points.
After being put in to bat, the visitors lost Travis Hussain in the third over before Yadav shared partnerships of 44 and 45 with Owen Groves (19) and Jack Timms (28) respectively.
After they slumped from 92 for 2 to 103 for 6, Rob Sanders (24) and George Kenny (12) added useful runs for Sawbo, who were eventually all out for 159 with three balls of their allotted 50 overs left.
There was no hint of the drama to come after Holtwhites' opening pair of Haider Ali (20) and Gareth Garnsworthy (18) progressed serenely to 28 without loss at the end of the seventh over of their reply.
In his next 26 balls, Yadav took six wickets for eight runs to leave the home side's victory hopes in tatters. Ali's 50-ball stay was ended by the second of three catches by Kenny as Holtwhites slipped to 57 for 7.
Skipper Haseed Kashmiri (27) and Jack Wilks-Green (23) added 54 for the eighth wicket in just 41 balls to take the score to 111, but they did not add to that as Sean Black took the last three wickets in four balls to finish with figures of 3 for 34 as the visitors were all out midway through the 27th over.
Sawbridgeworth II finally took to the field for the first time this season and narrowly lost to Redbourn II by two wickets in Division 5B.
Matthew Jones top-scored with 68 as the home side recovered well from 93 for 7 to reach 190 all out from 48.5 overs. Luke Garratt marked his debut for the club with 32 as well as two catches.
Paul James, Nick Dale and Andrew Dongworth took two wickets each for Sawbo as they reduced Redbourn to 150 for 8, but the visitors got home with six overs to spare to go top.
Sawbridgeworth III lost by 22 runs at home to Ardeley Walkern in Tees Herts and Essex Border League, Division Two.
The visitors made 214 for 8 in their 40 overs with Alfie Burrell returning league-best figures of 4 for 46. David Jones (2 for 46), Louis Kirby (1 for 13) and debutant Sam Shemwell (1 for 26) were the other successful bowlers.
In reply, Sawbo finished on 192 for 8 with Arnold James top-scoring with 39. Tommy Hamilton (24) and Ian Bowler (31) were the other main top-order contributors while Rhys Ashman finished unbeaten on 20.