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Matt Hague puts in all-round effort to seal Sawston & Babraham victory

By CambridgeIndependent Reporter

Ben Benson stars for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ben Benson stars for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge St Giles unable to stop all-rounder

Matt Hague led the way as Sawston & Babraham kept the pressure on leaders Kimbolton by beating Cambridge St Giles in Whiting & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division Two.

St Giles won the toss and elected to bat, with Kartikeya Malik making 33 at the top of the order.

But it was Rychard Scrase-Field that shored up their innings with a patient 42, nicking the singles that were available, to help his side to 179 for 8.

Hague was the star turn with the ball as he took four for 20.

And he then did just as much damage with the bat.

The opener remained unbeaten on 68 at the end of the innings, as Sawston made 180 for 4.

Dilshan Manamperi hit 40 and Marc Pearson weighed in with 31.

Akbar Akhter produced the star performance for Cambridge Granta II as they beat Saffron Walden II by four wickets.

Alex Morley was stopped just short of a century for Walden as he made 94, as they finished on 179 for 9, with Hamza Rashid took three for 29.

Will Hales got things up and running for Granta with 42, and Dan Kindred hit 36, but it was Akhter that carried them to victory with 44 not out as they reached 180 for 6.

Ben Cliverd’s half-century could not spur Great Shelford to victory as they were beaten by seven wickets by leaders Kimbolton.

He made 60 as Great Shelford were dismissed for 160. Chris Gilthorpe took three for 24.

But Jason Redinger and Martin Burton were unbeaten on 89 and 43 respectively as Kimbolton won with 161 for 3.

Burwell II suffered a five-wicket defeat at Castor & Ailsworth.

Matt Mitcham top-scored with 26 as Burwell were bowled out for 147.

Castor & Ailsworth then reached their target with relative ease, getting to 148 for 5.

In Division One, Foxton suffered a 75-run defeat to Nassington.

Dan Robinson was the mainstay of the Nassington innings with 83, while Mohomad Shifran Muthaliph contributed 42 as they scored 236 for 6.

Alex Hooley then anchored the Foxton innings, making 62 before the No 3 batsman was eighth out with the score at 140.

And Foxton’s last two wickets fell for 21 runs as they were dismissed for 161.


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