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New Season and a World Cup

The new season really gets in to swing in the coming month. You can see the 1st and 2nd team fixtures in this month’s Flyer. Come along and spend an afternoon in a

safe environment watching your local team playing National League rugby.

Minis and Youth start their games during the first weeks of September as well, taking off their cricket or tennis kit and preparing to get muddy! From the age of 5 we can cater for your children. 10.00am on a Sunday morning; please come along and give it a try.

The club has also renovated the function room which is now called The Stokes Room. It is a great facility for all types of events. Details can be found in the centre pages of this issue.

The start coincides with The World Cup taking place in New Zealand. Early starts but a great event and Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club will be up and running supporting all home nations

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Bishop’s Stortford Cricket Club

August’s weather continued to adversely effect cricket at Stortford and in the south generally. In particular the club’s First and Third elevens bore the brunt, both having important matches abandoned. In the case of the former however,

rain left them in a good position, while the Thirds were yet again deprived of the chance to gain important points and now face a difficult last game.

Stortford First X1 won their key match against Banbury despite posting the relatively low total of 168 (Eddie Ballard 53). The home bowlers showed their skill under pressure by dismissing Banbury for 148, (Simon Lindop 4-44 and Jamie Porter 2-21). This put Stortford on the front foot again in terms of survival, despite their unlucky defeat at Welwyn, where Lindop (6-93) again starred, along with Riz Akram (119). The abandoned game at Harpenden left David Hughes’s men with a mere five points to find from their final two games to ensure Premier League cricket again next year.

The Seconds have hovered in and around the promotion places for much of the season but defeat in a rain affected home game against Kings Langley probably put paid to their hopes. James Moreton may well have to be satisfied with a respectable rather than outstanding first season as captain. He will have been delighted with the development of youngsters such as Tommy Burslem, and remember with pleasure such occasions as the demolition of Harpenden - bowled out for 49.

Graeme Sumner’s Third team have been close to the relegation mix for some time, partly because the weather has been more severe on them than their rivals. An excellent win over fellow strugglers Farnham gave considerable hope. Chasing 221, Stortford won by 8 wickets, mainly due to an opening stand

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of 150 between Olly Jones (53) and Alfie Bass, who went on to 118. However, the abandonment of Stortford’s vital game at South Loughton, when all other teams beat the rain, means that only a win against league leaders Epping Foresters (who need to win to be certain of the title) will secure top division cricket next year.

John Lyle’s Fourth X1 have secured a mid-table spot after promotion last season. August’s highlight has to be the tied match at Chadwell Heath, when both teams finished on 133 all out after a superb last over maiden from Harry Barrett, whose 65 not out the previous week had been the foundation of the win over Roding Valley.

The end of season festivities at Cricketfield Lane include a Beer festival to be run by the Sports Trust on the first weekend in September, - starting at 6pm on Friday 2nd and running to Sunday 4th or when the beer runs out! Hog roast and barbecue to keep you going. September 9th sees the Cricket Club Dinner and Awards night.


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