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Centurion Dougie Rice in blistering form as Foxton Granta defeat

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Vansh Bajaj batting for Cambridge St Giles in their defeat to March Town. Picture: Keith Heppell
Vansh Bajaj batting for Cambridge St Giles in their defeat to March Town. Picture: Keith Heppell

Dougie Rice was in top form for Foxton Granta in a nine-wicket win over Histon in Whiting & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One.

Histon won the toss and elected to bat. A 79-run third-wicket partnership between Will Brown and Henry Wilson was the foundation of their innings.

Brown was the top scorer with 52, while Wilson made 38 and H Kukreja weighed in with 37.

But Histon had little else outside of those knocks as they were bowled out for 216.

Steven Smith (three for 68), Lewys Hill (three for 36) and Raj Devendran (three for 25) shared the workload with the ball.

Foxton Granta reached their target inside 28 overs.

Rice made a brilliant unbeaten 111, off 83 balls, after smashing 16 fours and two sixes.

Adam Webster was also a big hitter, with 84 off 73, including 11 fours and two sixes.

Old Leysians suffered a two-wicket defeat to Ramsey.

Elliot Durrant made 42 as Ramsey reached 216 for 8, with Adam Newman and Gus Barraclough taking two wickets apiece.

Barraclough hit 35 as Old Leysians were stopped on 94 for 8, with David Carlaw and Durrant taking three wickets apiece.

Cambridge St Giles were unsuccessful in their run chase in a 41-run defeat to March Town.

Curtis Oldroyd was 34 not out for March Town in a rain-impacted match as their innings stopped on 158 for 4 in 26 overs.

St Giles were given a revised target of 188 from 26 overs.

They lost the first three wickets with just 12 on the board, but rallied in parts without ever really creating a dominant partnership, the best being 29.

Sam Thain made 48 not out, but St Giles were dismissed for 146.

Samuel Clarke claimed five for 44.

Foxton Granta II were beaten by two wickets at Blunham in Division Two.

Foxton won the toss and elected to bat, but only had three players get into double figures.

The best of those was George Dean with 52, and the others were Jason Coleman (19 not out) and Rajiv Ladva (10) as they were all out for 142. Deryn Fowler snared four for 32.

Shabz Hussain (66) and Gavin Hall (32 not out) helped Blunham get home with two wickets to spare, with 146 for 8, despite Jason Coleman claiming five for 45.

Sawston & Babraham II’s lack of batting depth proved costly in a 23-run defeat to Kimbolton.

The Rams’ bowling unit continued its good recent form by dismissing the visitors for just 114.

Chris Dixon (three for 29) and skipper Nick Griggs (three for 4) spearheaded the attack, while Matt Day picked up two for 16.

James Gould was the only significant scorer with 26.
Sawston & Babraham were struggling on 26 for 4, but Robbie Matthews made a patient 27 from 59 balls. However, Heinrich Dippenaar’s four for 30 helped to dismiss the Rams for 91 and give Kimbolton victory.

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