Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 3rd XI v Hemel Hempstead 4th XI on Sat 30 Aug 2014 at 1.00
Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club Won by 9 Wkts

Match report A third week running at the tundra of Leventhorpe on a typically breezy and cloudy late August afternoon.

HHIV won the toss, and elected to bat, which suited us, as we were keen to chase this week, and go for the win, bearing in mind our mid table position and the fact that the League is splitting in half next season.

We opened up with the rejuvenated Reynolds, with confidence restored, who was hooping and jagging the ball from the Sawbridgeworth end. The returning Clayden, from the Stortford end, was rusty to start with after a two week break, but looked back at his old best, as his first spell came to a close. The opening pair bowled economically, with Reynolds removing three of the HH top four, with Henry Harnack taking three catches behind the stumps, in another competent and assured display of wicket keeping.

Black was introduced, and bowled with greater control, as he slowed down his pace, concentrating on line and length, with the quicker ball in his 'back pocket'-well not literally- as a surprise delivery, rather than the norm.

Reynolds bagged a 4 fer, with Black wrapping up the innings at the start of his second spell. It was a day and wicket for the seamers as opposed to the spinners, as moisture below the drying top surface, combined with the brisk south westerly, produced a mixture of swing and seam off the wicket. Clayden also got in on the action with a decent 2 fer.

So a rather weak looking 10 man HH IV (consisting apparently of most of their 5th team) were bowled out in the 48th over, leaving us 52 overs to chase down a modest looking total.

Heath and Rickett got off to a good start putting on 53 for the first wicket in 12 overs, before Rickett clipped one off his legs into the keepers gloves for a decent 24 off 46 deliveries.

Enter the diminutive Paktsun, who was off to a party at 6, so I thought it a good idea to stick him up the order for a good old fashioned swish. The hunch paid off handsomely, as he wacked his way to an unorthodox but very entertaining 35 minute 62 not out in 40 deliveries, as he put the rather sorry looking HH bowlers to the sword.

So well done guys, particularly to the seamers, Reynolds, Black and Gale and Romesh who also fielded with great energy. In general, a very good fielding performance with a young side, that certainly has great potential for the 2nd's and 1sts in the future.

So 30 points puts us to 8th, with a lip smacking 60 pointer up for grabs next week in Glamorgan, away at Dunstable- we should get home around midnight.

Thanks again to Richard Black, for his usual score book technical wizardry-the club really should invest in a heated chair and electric blanket to stave off hypothermia for the scorer-we could run the power off the Leventhorpe wind turbine, although they'd probably charge us for the privilege. Only one shared changing room again, full of gym equipment-they really don't get it do they!

A good win boys and an entertaining evening at the Club, as the 1st team performed the Great Escape, and stave off potential relegation.

Let's hope availability is kind to us next week!

Hemel Hempstead 4th XI Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
3nb 3w 1b 8lb 
for 9 wickets
123 (47.4 overs)

Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 3rd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Dan Reynolds21.093548.751.67
George Clayden12.0134217.002.83
Sean Black6.421033.331.50
Romesh Paktsun3.001800.006.00
Harry Gale5.011700.003.40

Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club 3rd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
2nb 2w 2b  
for 1 wickets

(22.2 overs)
Brendan Heath Not Out  34
Joe Rickett Caught  24
Romesh Paktsun Not Out  62
Ian Bowler  
Henry Harnack  
Richard Harnack  
Dan Reynolds  
Tom Harnack  
Sean Black  
George Clayden  
Harry Gale  

Hemel Hempstead 4th XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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