Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 2nd XI v Cheshunt on Sat 06 Jul 2013 at 1:00
Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club Won by 5 wickets

Match report After the disappointment of last week and subsequent personnel changes, Sawbridgeworth took on 3rd in the league Cheshunt in a top of the table clash. The outcome of the toss determined that Sawbridgeworth took the field first on what looked like a very flat pitch.

Almost immediately, the hero of 2 weeks previous James induced an edge safely snaffled by Rudkin at 1st slip. Howard, thundering in down the hill at the other end then induced an weak pull shot from Dean straight down Ellis' throat at square leg. July 6th will now be etched in the memory of all those present as the date that a Howard bumper finally took a league wicket... Undeterred, Cheshunt's Richardson and Skipper Stephenson rebuilt the innings slowly with a partnership of 87 before the left arm slow bowling of Billings was introduced.

First Richardson and then Stephenson were duped by the change of angle and were bowled leaving Cheshunt in a precarious position both in terms of runs scored and overs remaining. It was only some lusty hitting by Brook and Grant at the end that saw Cheshunt post a below par total of 168, Billings the star with 6-39. James bowled 26 tight overs up the hill in the East Hertfordshire heat to provide pivotal support.

Ashman and Rudkin were soon into their work in the Sawbridgeworth reply after a sumptuous tea before the former was bowled with the total at 8. A partnership of 87 then ensued that was punctuated with clean striking from Rudkin (60 from 42 deliveries) and imperious cover driving from skipper Runciman. A run chase at Town Fields is never dull and today was no different. After Rudkin smote a catch to deep midwicket & with Runciman picking out another fielder to a long hop Sawbridgeworth were still the bookies favourites at 3-107.

However with the in form Chisnall bowled and then Waring following suit at 5-116, it was once again left to the fearless finishing of Foster to seal the deal. But it was all rounder debutant Oakes, adequately rested from charging around the outfield turning 3s into 2s and 2s into 1s whose 33 from 41 deliveries put the game beyond doubt in an unbroken partnership of 53.

Looking beyond the individual performances, it was the Sawbridgeworth fielding that ensured the bowling enjoyed their dominance on the flattest wicket of the summer thus far. Special mention goes out to Chisnall who, sporting 5 layers of clothing including a sleeveless sweater in 27 + degrees never faded.

Another home match next week sees the visit of the struggling Hertingfordbury and another win is key in continuing the push towards promotion.

Cheshunt Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
1w 10lb 
for 9 wickets
168 (53.0 overs)
Warboys ct  James 2
A Richardson b  Billings 34
Dean ct  Howard 1
Stephenson b  Billings 47
McGowan b  Billings 3
Grant ct  Billings 33
M Richardson Run out  5
Brook b  Billings 29
McGalphine b  Billings 0
England Not Out  2
Morris Not Out  1

Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Chris Howard6.0221121.003.50
Paul James26.0761161.002.35
Joe Rudkin4.001800.004.50
James Runciman5.011600.003.20
Paul Billings12.043966.503.25

Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
2w 6b 5lb 
for 5 wickets

(41.3 overs)
Steve Ashman b  Morris 4
Joe Rudkin ct  Stephenson 60 1
James Runciman ct  England 35
Dean Chisnall b  England 4
Tom Waring b  Stephenson 0 1
Simon Ellis   1
Andrew Foster Not Out  20
Ben Oakes Not Out  33
Chris Howard  
Paul Billings  
Paul James  

Cheshunt Bowling

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