Saracens win the day in cricket clash
Saracens took the honours in the annual cricket clash against the Lord’s Taverners XI on Sunday, winning by one wicket in the match at Totteridge Millhillians.
Batting first, England and Middlesex batsman Nick Compton got the Tavs off to a fine start with a quickfire 24 before the middle order struggled with rugby referee JP Doyle, England fast bowler Andy Caddick and Bath and England rugby player Duncan Bell all falling for single figures.
Former England international Owais Shah and West Indies batsman Phil Simmons steadied the ship lower down the order, supported by DJ Toby Tarrant, with the Taverners finishing on 140 off their 30 overs.
England rugby centre Brad Barritt took two wickets with South African internationals Alistair Hargreaves and Neil de Kock also among the wickets.
In reply, Saracens had some big hitting from Barritt in the middle order with a knock of 35 including four sixes to see them home although wickets from Shah, Simmons and two in two balls from Gordon Kennedy made for an interesting finish before the European champions grabbed the winning runs.