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Cambridge miss out on Club Cricket Conference Inter-League Competition success with defeat to Bexley

Henry Campbell was in the wickets for Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
Henry Campbell was in the wickets for Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge suffered heartbreak in the final of the Club Cricket Conference Inter-League Competition for the Bertie Joel Trophy.

They were up against Bexley at Blackheath Cricket Club and, having lost the toss, fielded first.

Adam Ball’s 64 off 65 balls was the key innings for Bexley as, together with a half centrey from Calum Basey (52), they made 238 for 6 from 45 overs.

Jake Lawrence took three for 47 and Henry Campbell claimed two for 35.

It was with the bat that Cambridge faltered.

Only three players got into double figures - Lewys Hill (19), Alex Thomas (11no) and Sacha Abbasi (10) - as they were bowled out for just 67.

Adam Ball finished with four for 11 off six overs, and Freddie Foster snared three for 11.

It followed an eight-wicket defeat to champions Frinton-on-Sea on the final day of the Read Brothers Ltd East Anglian Premier League season.

Frinton won the toss and put Cambridge into bat, and they stuttered their way through at the top of the order, falling to 87 for 7.

However, Alex Sears (61) and Lawrence (40) steadied the ship to take Cambridge to 193 before they were bowled out.

Michael Comber and Dulanjala Mendis took three wickets apiece.

Frinton then eased to their target for the loss of just two batsmen, thanks to Blaine Bannister’s unbeaten 73 and Jaik Mickleburgh’s 52.

It was a similarly disappointing end to the campaign for Burwell & Exning, who lost by 213 runs at Great Witchingham.

Sam Arthurton was one of the thorns in their side.

He struck 161 off 137 balls as Great Witchingham amassed 332 for 8 off their 50 overs. Tim Catley took three for 58.

Only Anthony Moor offered any resistance in reply, hitting 41 as Burwell & Exning were bowled out for 119.

Andy Hanby, Brett Stolworthy and Peter Trewick all took three wickets apiece.

Cambridge finished the season in sixth place, and Burwell & Exning completed the campaign in 11th.

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