Krishna Charit and Sam Thain combine in Cambridge St Giles win over Histon
Krishna Charit and Sam Thain worked in tandem to help give Cambridge St Giles a 35-run win over Histon in the Whiting & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One.
Having elected to bat first, Vansh Bajaj (45) and Zaheer Hussain (27) saw St Giles get off to a promising start, making 52 runs for the opening wicket.
However, it was the ninth stand of the St Giles innings that was crucial.
Will Routledge (70 not out) and Craig Driver (57) put on 109 runs to see their side finish their 50 overs on 240 for 9.
John Turner was the pick of the Histon bowlers with three for 26.
St Giles nibbled away consistently at the Histon wickets.
A number of batsmen got starts, the best of which being Ed Hyde’s 41 and Yousuf Choudhary’s 34, but they could not convert to the bigger score needed or a sizable partnership.
This was because of the work of Charit and Thain, as Charit finished with four for 31 off 7.5 overs and Thain earned four for 39 off 10.
Tade Carmichael’s blistering knock steered Foxton to a five-wicket win over St Ives Town & Warboys in a high-scoring game.
St Ives elected to bat first, and must have been happy with their total as they posted 290 for 2.
This was mainly down to a 237-run stand for the second wicket between Chris Milner, who hit 148, and Ollie Stevens, who was 107 not out off 101 balls.
Foxton were then reduced to 104 for 5 in reply, but that brought together Carmichael and Harry Hopwood.
Carmichael made 149 not out, off just 105 balls which included 23 fours. Hopwood was unbeaten on 63 as the pair put on 287 runs for the sixth wicket to give Foxton victory.
Andrew Gale was the leading run scorer for Old Leysians as they beat Ufford Park by six wickets in Division Two.
Ufford Park won the toss and elected to bat, but wobbled on 58 for 3.
Tom Cooper (79) and Tom Hart (51 not out) put on 112 for the fourth wicket, but they lost their last four wickets cheaply to end their 50 overs on 235 for 8.
There were two wickets apiece for Gale, Adam Newman and Milan Mniszko.
Having lost Mniszko (34) and Dante O’Reilly (9) to be on 82 for 2, Gale (86) and Patrick Miller (68) put on 128 runs for the third wicket to put Old Leysians within touching distance of victory, and they got over the line with 237 for 4.
Foxton II suffered an 86-run defeat to Saffron Walden II.
Mihir Chandraker (74) and Finn Karsten (65) helped Walden build a total of 270 all out.
Matt Daniels and Hayden Brown took two wickets apiece.
David Shaw (55) and Hayden Brown (35) helped Foxton get off to a promising start, but they lost their last six wickets cheaply to be dismissed for 184. Henry Rodda claimed four for 42 for Walden.
In Division Three, Sawston & Babraham II strengthened their promotion push with a seven-wicket win over Orton Park.
Having chosen to bat first, Orton Park were restricted to 68 for 4 before Tom Wilkin’s 35 helped them to 123 for 7.
But they were bowled out for 131.
Jake Raven finished with three for 21 off nine and Ant Phillips snared two for 10 off four.
Skipper Ben Benson (50) and Josh Jordan (29) put on 86 for the first wicket for Sawston & Babraham.
Phillips then thumped 20 off 11, to see them close out on 132 for 3.