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Michael Pepper adds some spice to Foxton Granta with quickfire ton in win over Old Leysians

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Michael Pepper hit a quickfire century for Foxton Granta
Michael Pepper hit a quickfire century for Foxton Granta

Michael Pepper smashed an impressive century as Foxton Granta defeated Old Leysians by four wickets in the Whiting & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One.

The newcomers to the division, who had an opening-day victory, were put into bat by Foxton Granta.

Their cause was aided by a third-wicket partnership of 62 between Andrew Gale (50) and Andrew Bramley (66) which took them to 121 for 3. Andrew Salvesen came in at No 8 to boost the lower order with a knock of 41, off 40 balls, taking them to 234 all out. Lewys Hill claimed three for 45 and Dougie Rice snared three for 47 for Foxton Granta.

An opening stand of 82 between Adil Abraham (60) and Adam Webster (28) set the scene for the hosts in reply, but it was Essex batsman Pepper that raced the score along, smashing 104 off 57 balls, including 10 fours and seven sixes. It helped Foxton Granta post 237 for 6 for victory.

Histon had a thumping 215-run win over Stamford Town.

The visitors were left ruing the decision to put Histon in to bat first as the optimism an early wicket brought was demolised by a second-wicket stand of 175 runs between Tom Griffiths and Ed Hyde.

Opener Griffiths was eventually dismissed for 106, off 102 balls, and Hyde made 108. Will Brown’s 49 off 43 helped Histon reach 320 for 6 off their 50 overs.

Stamford were then put to the sword, with John Turner taking three for 13 and Ben Leach collecting three for 24 as the visitors were all out for 105.

Cambridge St Giles suffered a 25-run defeat to Wisbech Town.

Wisbech batted first and it was not until the introduction of Jonny Garner that the score moved along.

He struck 83 off 51 balls to help move Wisbech from 168 for 6 to 262 for 7, with their innings closing on 267 for 9. Vansh Bajaj took three for 47 and Sam Thain claimed three for 72.

A promising start to their reply could not be sustained by St Giles.

James Gillespie (60) and Zaheer Hussain (77 off 61 balls) put on 126 for the first wicket, but they were bowled out for 255.

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