Potton Town v Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 2nd XI on Sat 15 Jun 2013 at 1:00
Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club Won by 4 wickets

Match report A gutsy team performance and to chase down 191 in 35 overs with up to 5 men on the boundary for the majority of the innings speaks volumes of the desire for promotion and ability of this team to play attractive cricket. For the 2nd week running,Sawbridgeworth travelled across 3 Counties and brought home another 30 points.

Captain Runciman called correctly at the toss and put Potton in under overcast skies. Howard struggled into the wind early and went for plenty bowling 2 lengths though was unlucky to have opener Stevens dropped. The 1st wicket fell to James' late swinging autumn leaves & wickets fell at regular intervals with Rudkin (2) and James another 2 making things ominous for the home side at 5-54 when the much threatened rain intervened.

An hour later the weather cleared with Potton left to face another 15 overs. That they got to 190 owes much to centurion Stevens who was severe on anything loose, of which there was plenty given the wet conditions and a slippery ball.

With tea taken during the rain interval, Sawbo needed 191 from 35 overs and got off to a positive start with openers Rudkin and Ashman just beginning to assert themselves before Ashman departed. From then on, the Potton tactics were clear. Despite some accurate bowling, 5 fielders were stationed on the boundary after 10 overs-it seemed clear that the Potton Skipper did not have the confidence in his bowlers to take wickets. Waring and Rudkin took the total past 50 before Waring and then Chisnall fell. Rudkin followed for a well compiled 50 with the target a distant hope.

Runciman soon got busy, putting pressure on the fielders and rotating the strike to the clean hitting Purnell. Things started to turn around with Purnell striking 14 from an over to bring Sawbridgeworth back into the hunt however his dismissal gave Potton a sniff of saving the match.

With 42 required from 36 balls, Foster and Runciman stole singles where best they could but it was Runciman, selflessly looking for a boundary over extra cover who was next to depart skying a top edge to cover. In strode a pumped up Howard, promoted up the order to get ahead of the run rate. Boundaries were now needed.

Some tight bowling meant that the pair were never able to fully break the shackles and both batsmen blew hard for singles and 2's without threatening the boundary. An audacious pick up over backward square leg for 6 from Howard gave the visitors hope.

With 12 needed, it was Foster who smote the last ball of the penultimate over to the boundary to leave a final over target of 8. Howard then hit a couple of 2's and played out a maiden ball before stealing a single to leave Sawbo needing 3 from 2 balls. A bottomed edged cut from the toe of Fosters bat that trickled for 4 sealed it with a ball to spare.

2 wins in a row so officially its a winning streak but more importantly, this win made up ground on the rest of the league, none of whom could finish their matches.

Sawbridgeworth, now 4th host Berkhamstead (8th and 21 points away) next week so its all to play for at Town Fields. Another win keeps the pressure on those above & below.

Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 6 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Steve Ashman ct  ct berry b Howlett 11 2
Joe Rudkin ct ct b Williams 51
Tom Waring ct ct berry b Williams 23
Dean Chisnall ct ct Macfarlane b Hall 11
James Runciman ct ct Stevens b Hall 20
Rhys Purnell b b Hall 27 1
Andrew Foster Not Out  16 1
Chris Howard Not Out  22
Tony Marshall  
Paul Billings  
Paul James  

Potton Town Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
K Macfarlane4.01900.002.25
J Howlett10.0142142.004.20
A Berry7.002600.003.71
S Williams7.0049224.507.00
D Hall 6.5047315.676.88
S Stevens1.001500.0015.00

Potton Town Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 7 wickets
190 (0.0 overs)
S Stevens Not Out  123
J Worboys ct Ct Foster b James 4
D Hall ct Ct Ashman b Rudkin 1
S Williams b b James 1
K Macfarlane ct Ct Purnell b James 4
A Berry ct Ct Ashman b Rudkin 6
S Worthington b b Runciman 27
C Stevens lbw b Runciman 9
J Howlett  
B Howlett  
S Guerney  

Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Chris Howard4.012200.005.50
Paul James13.0337312.332.85
Joe Rudkin8.0044222.005.50
Paul Billings9.0050150.005.56
James Runciman7.0031131.004.43

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