James Vandepeer and George Darlow combine with ball as Sawston & Babraham defeat Horsford in East Anglian Premier League
Sawston & Babraham extended their lead at the top of the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League with a 108-run win over Horsford.
Aaron Thomason, a new signing to cover for broken leg victim Matt Hague, opened with captain Dan Heath but departed for a duck.
Heath (13) added 42 for the second wicket with Waqas Hussain, who went on to make a further 105 runs in partnership with the Guests, Callum (21) and Ethan (17).
He was dismissed for 73 with the score on 148 for 5, but the Rams’ late middle order of Ben Clilverd (21), Alex Stafford (21) and George Darlow (27) combined to increase the total to a more challenging 235.
Horsford made a strong start to reach 51 without loss, but James Vandepeer removed both openers.
The visitors lost four wickets for 18 runs, and were then 82 for 5. and they were then all out for 127.
Vandepeer finished with four for 32, while George Darlow took three for 4 off four overs.
It means Sawston & Babraham now have a 29-point lead at the top of the table from Great Witchingham, with Swardeston a further seven points adrift.
Cambridge did not let looming demotion deter them as they secured a four-wicket win over Bury St Edmunds.
Having lost the toss and been asked to field, they limited the hosts.
Ned Stanton was the top scorer with 30 as Bury St Edmunds were bowled out for 126.
Captain Lewys Hill maintained his fine season with three for 35, but Theo Aubrey was the pick of the bowlers with a fine spell of 11.4 overs returning four wickets for 17 runs.
Daminda Ranaweera was the stand-out batsman for Cambridge once more.
The opener anchored the innings with 52, being the fifth wicket to fall with 24 runs required to meet their target.
It was achieved by Hill’s 15 and Johnny Atkinson’s 10.
Burwell & Exning dug deep to clinch a draw with Saffron Walden.
The visitors to Exning Park had set a daunting target after being put in to bat first.
Zubayr Hamza made 134 off 148 balls and Nikhil Gorantla plundered 139 off 144 as they forged a 247-run partnership for the third wicket.
It helped Saffron Walden declare on 338 for 5.
Burwell & Exning had a revised target of 339 from 58 overs.
They had a steady start, with Tony De Zorzi making 35, but then lost two quick wickets to sit on 58 for 2.
Olly Jefferies (12) and Joe Tetley (30) settled things but then they lost four wickets for eight runs
However, Ed Fletcher made a gritty 23 off 63 balls as the priority became batting out the overs.
Joe Heather then contributed 58 off 81, but it was arguably Matthew Jones’ 25 off 55 balls that was most important as he was partnered by Jay Ghelani to see out time.
Burwell & Exnng closed their 58 overs on 221 for 8, giving them eight points for a draw, compared to Walden’s 17.