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Alex Stafford and Mark Smith make last stand in Sawston & Babraham win over Mildenhall

Alex Stafford helped Sawston & Babraham to victory. Picture: Keith Heppell
Alex Stafford helped Sawston & Babraham to victory. Picture: Keith Heppell

The final pairing of Alex Stafford and Mark Smith rose to the challenge for Sawston & Babraham to help them secure victory at Mildenhall in the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League.

Having won the toss, Rams skipper Dan Heath elected to field against a Mildenhall side that was unbeaten since June 12.

They got off to a flyer with Jack Potticary scoring 32, with 30 coming in boundaries, but he was dismissed by James Vandepeer with 48 on the board.

Tom Rash and Darren Ironside were soon out as the scoring rate slowed to under five an over. Nicholas Smith (21 not out) and Matt Allen (13) stuck around as Sawston & Babraham applied the pressure, only for rain to intervene with Mildenhall on 107 for 3 off 28 overs.

After an early lunch and the rain easing, Sawston & Babraham were set a tricky target of 171 from 28 overs, using the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

Nearest rivals Great Witchingham and Swardeston earned seven points as their matches were either cancelled or abandoned, so it was almost a free hit for leaders Sawston & Babraham.

Vandepeer (22), Callum Guest (35), Aaron Thomason and Moses made sure to keep the run rate up, with Ethan Guest giving it momentum with 27 off 14 balls.

Wickets kept falling and, at 145 for 9, it looked like Mildenhall would maintain their unbeaten run.

But Stafford made an unbeaten 25 from 21 balls and Smith stuck around for five off 14 to give Sawston & Babraham victory with seven balls to spare.

They are now 49 points clear, with three matches remaining.

Next up for Sawston & Babraham is a home clash with Cambridge, who beat them away earlier in the summer.

Cambridge were without a game last weekend because their clash with Great Witchingham was cancelled because of Covid-19 regulations.

Burwell & Exning suffered a seven-wicket defeat at Bury St Edmunds.

They were put into bat, and Olly Jefferies top scored with 40.

Jamie Seabrook produced a crucial knock of 38 off 25 balls as Burwell & Exning were dismissed for 212 off 44 overs.

Rain meant that Bury were set a target of 199 from 44 overs, which they reached with six
to spare.

Ben Seabrook made 76 and Sean Park added a quickfire 30 not out, off 14 balls.

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