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Cameron Steel digs in to earn Burwell & Exning a draw against Sawston & Babraham

Matt Hague batting for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Mecha Morton
Matt Hague batting for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Mecha Morton

Cameron Steel’s stubborn defiance earned Burwell & Exning a draw with Sawston & Babraham in the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League.

Sawston & Babraham got off to a steady start thanks to Charlie Lewis (28) and Matt Hague, who again top-scored, with 72. But they went from 116 for 1 to 133 for 4.

Dan Heath (41) and Callum Guest looked to accelerate the scoring, but they were then finding their innings in the balance on 188 for 6.

Tim Moses made 38 off 30 balls as Sawston & Babraham posted a competitive 263 for 7 declared off
60 overs.

Alex Woolliscroft was Burwell & Exning’s leading bowler with three for 39.

After an early stutter, Joe Tetley (42) and Steel put on 100 for the third wicket, and it seemed like the run chase was on when they got to 148 for 2 in the 38th over.

The part-time off-spin of Hague was brought into the attack with positive effect, as he claimed five for 46 to reduce Burwell & Exning to 182 for 7.

However, Steel carried his bat for 97, from 149 balls, and they reached 208 for 8 to earn
a draw.

Daminda Ranaweera dug deep to earn Cambridge a draw with Sudbury.

The visitors batted first and a stand of 140 for the second wicket between Adam Mansfield (83) and Darren Batch (80) put Sudbury in good stead.

With some valuable quick knocks from the middle to lower order, it helped Sudbury close on 261
for 6.

Captain Lewys Hill finished with four for 52 for Cambridge.

Ranaweera went in at the top of the order and was the last wicket to fall for Cambridge, making 105 off 162 balls.

It went a long way to clinching a draw, with Nick Taylor making 43 and then Theodore Aubrey batting away 29 balls, making 14 not out, to see Cambridge finish on 207 for 8 for the draw.

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