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Matt Ellis stars to keep Sawston & Babraham on track for promotion


By CambridgeIndependent Reporter


Liam Lofts put in a good bowling performance for Foxton.
Liam Lofts put in a good bowling performance for Foxton.

Strong showing with bat and ball

Matt Ellis had an integral role in maintaining Sawston & Babraham’s position at the top of the Whiting & Partners Cambs and Hunts Premier League, Division Two as they beat Ufford Park by 16 runs.

It looked ominous for Sawston & Babraham batting first, as their top three batsmen could only manage a total of seven between them.

But Marc Pearson steadied the ship with 84 off 76 balls, including seven fours and five sixes, and Ellis added an invaluable 40 as Sawston were eventually bowled out for 179.

It was the opposite scenario for Ufford Park in reply, as their top three got scores of 32, 21 and 42, but Ellis’ four for 34 and captain Liam Flynn’s three for 31 stopped their opponents at 163.

Sawston have a 14-point lead over Kimbolton, who beat Cambridge St Giles by 26 runs.

Kimbolton batted first and made 270 for 4, and in reply, St Giles were stopped on 244 for 8, a defeat which leaves them in the third relegation place.

Great Shelford are maintaining the pressure on Kimbolton after earning a five-wicket win over Burwell II.

The hosts were bowled out for 109, and then Great Shelford reached 111 for 5, to keep them 10 points off second place with two games remaining.

Cambridge Granta II earned an away walkover after Warboys failed to field a side.

Three was the magic number for Foxton as they beat March Town by 17 runs in Division One.

Opener Adam Webster was denied a half century as he was dismissed for 49, but he had little support as Foxton were bowled out for 113.

However, it was enough once Foxton got to work with the ball.

Three scalps apiece for Craig Park (three for 16), Jason Coleman (three for 28) and Liam Lofts (three for 17) saw March skittled out for 96.

Histon are still after one more win to secure their safety after a 131-run defeat to Waresley.

Leach won the toss and elected to field, but they faced stubborn opponents who made 286 for 8.

Kendrick Hatton was the pick of the bowlers with three for 27, while Ed Hyde also ran out two batsman.

But Histon struggled in reply.

Hyde gave their innings some ballast with 75, but only Ben Leach (20) and Dixon (30) offered any type of support as Histon were bowled out for 155.



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