Johnny Atkinson leads Cambridge Granta to victory over Horsford

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 September 2017

Cambridge Granta captain Johnny Atkinson

Cambridge Granta captain Johnny Atkinson

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Captain’s efforts secure success

Johnny Atkinson produced a captain’s performance to help Cambridge Granta clinch a 14-run win over Horsford in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

Granta won the toss and elected to bat, and three vital contributions helped them to their total.

Opener Alex Sears made 47, but it was the partnership of Atkinson and Chris Pepper that gave their innings some impetus, with Atkinson eventually dismissed for 51 as the pair put on 100 runs.

Pepper was left unbeaten on 72, including four sixes, as Granta finished on 200 for 7.

Opener Luke Findlay put the foundation in place for Horsford with 43, but they had a middle order collapse, going from 126 for 3 to 147 for 8.

Atkinson did the bulk of the damage, taking four for 51, and Horsford could only reach 186 for 9 at the end of their innings.

Jack Beaumont was the fly in the ointment for Burwell as they lost by four wickets to Copdock & Old Ipswichian.

Paul Summerskill produced the goods with the bat for Burwell, hitting 88, and with Sam Rippington (40) and Ben Seabrook (36) also among the runs, they were able to reach 240 before being bowled out.

But Burwell had no answer to Beaumont, who plundered 103, and further aided by Chris Swallow’s 64, Copdock & Old Ipswichian won the match by making 242 for 6.

Despite the defeat for Burwell, with results elsewhere going their way, it means they have avoided the threat of relegation.

With two matches of the season remaining, Granta are at home to Great Witchingham this Saturday, and Burwell host Frinton on Sea.

Granta complete their season on September 16, away to relegation-threatened Bury St Edmunds, while Burwell finish at Mildenhall.

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