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Ben Claydon knock unable to steer Cambridge Granta to victory over Mildenhall


By Mark Taylormark.taylor@iliffemedia.co.uk


Tristan Blackledge sends down a delivery for Cambridge Granta against Mildenhall. Picture: Keith Heppell
Tristan Blackledge sends down a delivery for Cambridge Granta against Mildenhall. Picture: Keith Heppell

Burwell & Exning also suffered defeat

Cambridge Granta suffered a one-run defeat to Mildenhall in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

In the first full game of the new season, given the rain interrupted previous attempts, Granta won the toss and elected to field.

Henry Campbell and Tristan Blackledge got to work for the hosts, helping reduce Mildenhall to 49 for 4, with Campbell claiming the wickets of Joe Reed, Nick Maiolo and Ben Shepperson, and Blackledge taking the scalp of Ben Curran.

James Stamatis and Tom Rash steadied the innings for Mildenhall though, and when Stamatis was dismissed for 75 by Chris Pepper, caught Chris Benjamin, the score had moved on to 200 for 5.

Rash was out for 70, bowled Johnny Atkinson, caught Simon Bussey, and Mildenhall finished their innings on 222 for 8.

Granta made a good start to their reply, with Blackledge and Ben Claydon leading the charge as they took the score to 117 before Blackledge was run out on 45.

Michael Pepper was out for 16 and Claydon fell for 80 with the score at 175 for 3.

They kept ticking along and entered the final over needing seven runs to win. Granta took five off the first five balls, leaving Atkinson looking for two off the final delivery, but he was caught by Curran off the bowling of Hugo Douglas, leaving Granta stranded on 221 for 7.

Centuries from Tom Huggins and Darren Batch helped Sudbury condemn Burwell & Exning to a 88-run defeat.

Burwell & Exning won the toss and elected to field, and it looked to have paid off as Tyron Koen trapped Adam Mansfield lbw with 11 runs on the board.

Huggins and Batch led the charge for the second wicket though, as they made a stand of 281.

Huggins was eventually caught by Ben Seabrook off the bowling of Sam Rippington having made 158, and Batch was out for 108 runs with the score on 298 for 3.

Sudbury managed to add 56 more runs to their total, with their innings coming to an end on 354 for 8, as Koen returned figures of five for 55.

Burwell & Exning faltered in their reply as they were reduced to 41 for 5.

Paul Summerskill steadied the innings with 56, and Jamie Seabrook took the challenge to Sudbury, hitting 119 not out off 80 balls, including 11 fours and eight sixes, but Burwell & Exning’s innings came to an end on 266 for 9.



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