Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 3rd XI v Hatch End on Sat 17 May 2014 at 1.00
Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club Won by 44 runs

Match report A cloudy sultry late Spring afternoon culminated in our first win of the season against Hatch End. With a relatively strong team on paper, I was keen to have a bowl at HE who had collapsed dramatically the week before. However, after losing the toss for the second time running, we were inserted on a flat Leventhorpe wicket, which after heavy rainfall during the week, had a bit in it for both batters & bowlers. Heath & Levey, once again got us off to a solid start, seeing off the new ball and laying the foundations for a competitive score. Bowler joined Rickett who got their heads down putting on 57 for the second wicket. After the partnership was broken, the middle order felt the pressure of a diminishing over count, falling to positive shots in the cause of the team, before the introduction of Bovaird and Billings put on an entertaining 48 for the 7th wicket. Billings particularly impressed with some intelligent batting, finding the gaps with some well thought through strokes. So a reasonable target was set against a relatively useful attack, and whose batting we knew had quite literally crumbled the week before.
The momentum had swung our way, as the HE fielders heads dropped, and we opened with the tried and tested old ball option of Burrell and Billings Junior. A trio of dropped catches, gave us an ominous sense of deja vu, however, wickets began to be eked out as pressure was slowly being exerted with some tight bowling. The run rate was still very achievable though, especially after we went down to 10 men and the new ball reached the boundary rather quicker than the old one. The momentum swung both ways, as the HE innings developed. Billings was replaced by Clayden, after removing the HE captain with some classic off spin, as he went to miss a cut. Clayden bowled well, removing the dangerous Ali with a caught behind, and Timms again showed great promise and pace in a good 7 over spell claiming 2 wickets. It was left to Bovaird to win the game with a good 6 over spell off a short run, with Burrell taking a great catch at deep backward square leg, that effectively swung the game back our way removing the dangerous looking Humberstone.
So a very pleasing result, on a pleasant afternoon at Leventhorpe (don't get to say that very often!) and 30 points- thank-you very much- in the bag. Particularly pleasing to see the voluble HE overseas (sponsored by RAC Breakdown Revovery Service) return with very little to show for, other than 5 hours in a car on the North Circular Road), and a brand new carburettor, in what was in general a very good natured game against a team of bowlers that bowled, and bowlers that batted. It was good to have options both in the bowling department, and a strong batting line. If only it was like that every week!

Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 3rd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 7 wickets

(0.3 overs)
Ted Levey Lbw  19
Brendan Heath Caught  18
Joe Rickett Bowled  22
Ian Bowler Bowled  39
Michael Burson Caught  6
Richard Harnack Caught  8
Dave Burrell Bowled  2
James Bovaird Not Out  17
Matthew Billings Not Out  35
Sam Timms  
George Clayden  

Hatch End Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Hatch End Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
145 (40.3 overs)

Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 3rd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Dave Burrell13.0026126.002.00
Matthew Billings9.3051225.505.37
George Clayden5.0021121.004.20
Sam Timms7.001628.002.29
James Bovaird6.001844.503.00

  • Umpire :
    Eric Penn
  • Scorer :