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Burwell collapse in defeat to Great Witchingham

By CambridgeIndependent Reporter

Hosts lose six wickets for minimal runs

Burwell had a collapse of epic proportions as they lost by eight wickets to Great Witchingham in Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

The visitors won the toss and put Burwell in to bat at Mingay Park, and they made a promising start.

Tom Jagot made 22 and Simon Donald 45 as the score reached 69 for 2, and Burwell took it over the century, to 109 for 5, thanks to Joe Tetley (22) and Paul Summerskill (17).

But it fell apart as they lost seven wickets for 20 runs and were skittled out for 123, with many of them being cheap dismissals.

Michael Jones and Luke Schlemmer both finished with five wickets apiece for Witchingham, Jones taking five for 44 and Schlemmer grabbing five for 33.

It was always going to be an uphill battle for Burwell in the field, but it started well.

Sam Rippington took the wicket of Sam Arthurton without Witchingham getting on the board, and Rippington got a second wicket when he dismissed James Spelman for nine, leaving the visitors at 13 for 2.

But James Hale made 65 not out and Schlemmer 50 not out to see Witchingham to 125 for 2 off 25.3 overs.

Cambridge Granta had to settle for a draw at Vauxhall Mallards.

The hosts batted first and made 219 for 9 from 64 overs.

Chris Pepper was the pick of the bowlers for Granta, claiming five for 56, while Matthew Plater led the run charge with 80, before being one of two scalps for Owen Simonsen.

In reply, Michael Pepper made 33 and Chris Pepper scored 32 as Granta staggered along to 138 for 8.

Paul Bradshaw took four for 29, but the Mallards could not dismiss Granta, so the sides had to settle for a draw, earning 11 and seven points respectively.


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