Matt Hague back with a bang as Sawston & Babraham earn win over Burwell & Exning in East Anglian Premier League
Matt Hague made a welcome return to the top of the Sawston & Babraham order with a century in a 130-run win over Burwell & Exning in the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League.
They won the toss and elected to bat first at Exning Park, and had three good partnerships to put down a foundation for their innings.
Hague and Waqas Hussain (19) put on 51 for the first wicket, but it was the second-wicket stand that proved the most valuable.
Hague was joined by 16-year-old Premier League debutant Noah Thain, and he struck 44 off 67 balls, before being caught LBW by Alex Woolliscroft with the score on 162.
Callum Guest was next to the crease with Hague, and he made 43 off 33 balls before being caught by Joe Tetley off the bowling of Jamie Seabrook.
Ben Clilverd did not hang around for long, and Hague then finally fell.
He was stumped by Tetley off the bowling of Nicholas Huckle, having contributed 129 runs off 128 balls, including 20 fours and two sixes, with Sawston & Babraham on 269 for 5.
George Darlow (39) and Tim Moses (34 not out) helped hurry the score along as Sawston & Babraham finished on 331 for 7.
Burwell & Exning did not get off to the solid start that they would have wanted.
They lost Olly Jefferies for six, Tom Griffiths for 24 and Tim Catley for 4 to leave them on 40 for 4.
But Tetley and Huckle steadied the ship with a stand of 70.
Tetley was caught by Guest off the bowling off George Darlow for 35 with the score on 110 for 4, but Huckle dug in to stick around.
As his partners came and went without reaching double figures, Huckle was eventually caught by Clilverd, off the bowling of Tim Moses, having made 73, with the score on 175 for 9.
Jay Ghelani made an unbeaten 20, but Burwell & Exning were bowled out for 201.
Eight Sawston & Babraham players had a go with the ball, and there were two wickets apiece for Moses, Mark Smith and Hussain.
Henry Campbell’s opening day five-wicket haul was not enough for Cambridge as they suffered a 75-run defeat at Sudbury in the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League.
Sudbury won the toss and elected to bat, but it was a bright start for Cambridge as Campbell and Peter Richer struck to leave them on 10 for 2.
However, Darren Batch and Ben Parker steadied the ship for the hosts.
The duo put on 95 runs before Batch was dismissed by Lewys Hill for 35.
Parker went on to hit 89 before being caught by Johnny Atkinson off the bowling of Campbell, with the score on 173 for 5.
Sudbury continued to build a total, but were eventually all out for 235.
Campbell finished with five for 53 off his 10 overs.
Cambridge never really recovered from a bad start, which saw Atkinson dismissed without a run on the board. Dougie Rice then followed for a duck with only seven scored by the team.
Of the top five batsmen, only Daminda Ranaweera got into double figures (39).
The scoreline was given some respectability by Hill’s knock of 55, but Cambridge were bowled out for 160.
Patrick Sadler took four for 23 for Sudbury, and Billy Moulton-Day claimed three for 36.