Michael Pepper’s century is in vain for Cambridge Granta

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:00 17 May 2017

Michael Pepper in action for Cambridge Granta. Picture: Keith Heppell

Michael Pepper in action for Cambridge Granta. Picture: Keith Heppell

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First defeat of the season for Granta

Michael Pepper in action for Cambridge Granta. Picture: Keith HeppellMichael Pepper in action for Cambridge Granta. Picture: Keith Heppell

Michael Pepper staged a lone defiance for Cambridge Granta against Sudbury but it was not enough as they lost by six wickets in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

Granta were put in to bat, and they lost two early wickets, leaving them on 12 for 2.

However, Pepper’s appearance at the crease started to steady the ship as he put on 46 runs with captain Johnny Atkinson, who ended up being dismissed for 9.

He then added 51 runs for the fourth wicket with Drew Hawley (19) and as his partners came and went, Pepper was left unbeaten on 125 as Granta’s innings ended on 199 for 9.

But Tom Huggins was in formidable form for Sudbury.

The opener picked up where Pepper left off, and made 111 not out, and with Darren Batch making 56, Sudbury made it to 201 for 4 off 48.2 overs to seal their six-wicket win.

Burwell suffered a one-wicket defeat to Vauxhall Mallards.

Openers Tom Jagot and Simon Donald helped Burwell make a solid start as they reached 103 for 1, before Jagot was dismissed for 75.

Captain Joe Tetley came in to rush the scoring along, and when he was bowled by Mitchell Todd for 44, Burwell were 259 for 9.

Donald eventually fell for 72, as Burwell ended their innings at 259 for 9.

But Todd’s 104 was the backbone of Vauxhall Mallards’ innings as they reached 262 for 9, with Paul Bradshaw’s 26 off 19 balls seeing them over the line with two deliveries to spare.

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