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Daminda Ranaweera smashes century as Cambridge hunt down Swardeston in East Anglian Premier League

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Mark Smith bowling for Sawston & Babraham against Frinton-on-Sea. Picture: Richard Marsham
Mark Smith bowling for Sawston & Babraham against Frinton-on-Sea. Picture: Richard Marsham

Cambridge produced a heroic run chase to earn a thrilling six-wicket win over Swardeston in the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League.

Swardeston must have had some confidence after being put into bat and posting a score of more than 300.

Joe Gatting made an unbeaten 102 off 99 balls and Callum Taylor struck 87 off 89 as Swardeston ended their 50 overs on 312 for 5.

But Cambridge showed no fear in their pursuit of the total.

Having lost their first wicket, Nick Taylor, without scoring, they were then 50 for 2.

But Daminda Ranaweera and Peter Richer (83 off 86) hurried the score along to 176 for 3.

Zaheer Hussain fell for seven, at 202 for 4, and that brought in Chris Pepper to partner Ranaweera.

They combined to see Cambridge home, with Ranaweera unbeaten on 117, off 113, and Pepper smashing 69 not out off 44.

Sawston & Babraham had a rain-reduced 30-over match against Frinton-on-Sea, and emerged with a four-wicket win.

The hosts won the toss, and asked the Essex side to bat.

Mark Smith made the first breakthrough for Sawston & Babraham, removing the dangerous Tom Sinclair.

James Van de Peer claimed the other opener, Blaine Bannister, to leave Frinton on 49 for 2.

Spinners Callum Guest and George Darlow came on to tighten the runs during the middle overs, although Kyran Young made a fluent 58 off 57 balls despite the bowler-friendly conditions.

Guest finished with three for 23 and Darlow took two for 32 as Frinton-on-Sea finished on 132 for 7.

In reply, Sawston & Babraham went from 34 for 0 to 58 for 3, and by the 16th over were 76 for 5.

Charlie Lewis and Tim Moses (15) made a vital 45 for the sixth wicket, but skipper Dan Heath arrived to hit the winning runs as Lewis ended unbeaten on 37 from 40 balls to see Sawston & Babraham home with four overs and four wickets to spare.

With closest challengers Sudbury rained off, Sawston & Babraham are now top of the South Group table by 18 points.

Burwell & Exning suffered a 218-run defeat to Great Witchingham.

Sam Arthurton’s 117 off 93 helped Great Witchingham to 361 for 8.

Burwell & Exning were then bowled out for 143, with Tim Catley top-scoring with 28.

Histon were usurped at the top of the Whiting & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One by St Ives Town & Warboys after a 49-run defeat.

Histon won the toss and put the hosts into bat. Ollie Stevens’ 37 was the top score, with Matt Milner’s unbeaten 22 the next best as St Ives were stopped at 119 for 9.

However, they were then skittled out for 70, with Jake Allcock making the most runs, 19.

Amit Gupta claimed four for 25 for St Ives, and Michael Speed took three for 19.

In 2SE, Foxton II had a 10-wicket win over Burwell & Exning II.

On Sunday, Sawston & Babraham made their Suffolk T20 debut against Mildenhall, and earned a 26-run win.

With a mix of first and second-team players, there were competitive debuts for Noah and Sam Thain, and teenager Mervyn Shaji.

Sawston & Babraham batted first and Van de Peer (29) and Ben Clilverd (22) helped them over 50 in just 29 balls.

Guest, 45 from 41, and Noah Thain, 25 from 22, helped them to reach 152 for 8 at the end of their innings. Tristan Blackledge claimed three for 14 and Jack Loveday got three for 11.

Shaji got a wicket in his first over, and went on to take four for 28 as Mildenhall came up 26 runs short.

Clilverd also got four wickets, for 25 runs, as Blackledge top-scored for Mildenhall with 47 from 50.

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