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Dilshan Mamamperi helps inch Sawston & Babraham towards title


By CambridgeIndependent Reporter


Foxton batsman Adam Webster
Foxton batsman Adam Webster

Half-century proves vital in win

Dilshan Manamperi delivered the goods with the bat to edge Sawston & Babraham closer to the Whiting & Partners Cambs and Hunts Premier League, Division Two title.

Huntingdon batted first and were bowled out for 168. Matt Hague picked up four for 39 and Mark Smith took three for 32.

Sawston & Babraham reached their rain-reduced target of 124 for 2 with ease as Manamperi made 75 and Hague 30 not out.

With one match left, Sawston have a 14-point lead over Kimbolton, who had a six-wicket win over Burwell II.

However, there was disappointment for Great Shelford as their chase for second place was brought to an end after their match with Cambridge St Giles was abandoned because of rain.

It was an outcome that also hinders St Giles’ hopes of beating the drop.

Garryth Jackson and Reimell Ragnaugth had both posted scores of 47 for St Giles as they made 136 for 9. James Van De Peer took five for 19 for Great Shelford, with Alex Stafford taking three for 25.

But the rain forced the abandonement and the teams awarded five points each.

The weather worked in Histon’s favour in Division One though.

They were away to Waresley, who made 171 for 9.

David Noble took three for 45, and Ben Leach and Chris Germon claimed two wickets apiece. But Ed Hyde was the only one to offer any resistance with the bat, hitting 31, as Histon were bowled out for 92.

It left them with eight points, but as March’s game with Foxton was also abandoned, Histon cannot be caught by their rivals in the final relegation place. Adam Webster had made 55 for Foxton before the game was called off.

In the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, Cambridge Granta’s match with Great Witchingham was abandoned.

Lewys Hill had top-scored in Granta’s innings with 81, and Michael Pepper made 71, as they were bowled out for 214.

Granta had then taken two Great Witchingham wickets to leave them on 37 for 2 when the match was abandoned.

Burwell’s game with Frinton on Sea was also called off.



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