Mixed fortunes for Sawston & Babraham in Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League
Sawston & Babraham’s five-match winning run in the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League was brought to an end by Copdock & Old Ipswichian on bank holiday Monday.
After beating nearest South Group nearest rivals Sudbury on Saturday, Sawston & Babraham were hoping to extend their advantage at the top of the table.
Copdock & Old Ipswichian won the toss and elected to bat, and Ben Claydon proved to be the thorn in the hosts’ side.
The opener hung around for two-and-a-half hours to make a gritty 75, and 32 from Chris Swallow down the order helped them to 195 for 9.
Waqas Hussain was the pick of the Sawston & Babraham bowlers with four for 13, off five overs including two maidens, and Mark Smith claimed three for 52.
Callum Guest made 50 and Tim Moses struck 35, but Sawston & Babraham were bowled out for 157
as Claydon returned figures of five for 27.
It was a first league defeat for Sawston & Babraham since the end of the 2018 season, and first ever defeats in the team’s colours for the likes of Hussain, Charlie Lewis, Guest, Moses and 2020 recruit George Darlow.
The defeat was on the back of a brilliant display against Sudbury.
Sawston & Babraham won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that offered assistance to seamers and spinners alike.
Josh Jordan’s solid defence and patience helped him to 26, but 71 for 2 became 84 for 6.
Moses (13) and Dan Heath (18) helped the score along to 136 for 8, and then Darlow, with 35 not out, from 27 balls, made a vital contribution as Scott Stanford helped him to take the score to 159 for 9.
Sawston & Babraham felt they needed another 20 runs, but a hat-trick of Ben Clilverd catches in impressive and hostile spells from Smith and Moses had Sudbury at 20 for 6.
Clilverd then took three wickets in four balls as Sudbury were bowled out for 46. Smith was the pick of the bowlers though, with five for 21 from his 10 overs.
Sudbury bounced back on Monday, securing a six-wicket win over Bury St Edmunds.
Sawston & Babraham now lead the table by 19 points and still have the Southern Group title in their own hands.
They do, however, face three tough away games at Bury, Frinton- on-Sea and a possible a title decider at Sudbury on the last day of the ‘normal’ season.
Burwell & Exning suffered a 132-run defeat to Horsford in the North Group on Monday.
Opener Oscar Binny made 97 off 117 to help Horsford to 232 for 6. Luke Du Plooy claimed three for 46.
Having made a promising start in reply, it all fell apart for Burwell & Exning.
Joe Tetley (21) and Tom Griffiths (34) helped the score to 64 without loss, but they were then all out for 100.
Peter Minns earned a brilliant haul of seven for 17 off 10 overs, including six maidens.
There was a disappointing seven-wicket defeat for Cambridge at Mildenhall.
Cambridge were put in to bat, and could never really get going, with No 7 Zaman Akhter their top scorer with 24 as they were bowled out for 126.
Jack Loveday took four for 50 and Tom Rash snared three for 27.
Jack Potticary’s 85 off 63, including 14 fours, helped Mildenhall to their target with 127 for 3.
Meanwhile, Cambridgeshire suffered a one-wicket friendly defeat to Suffolk on Sunday.
The county side have a 40-over friendly against Bedfordshire at Flitwick this Sunday (September 6).