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Noah Thain has pivotal role for Sawston & Babraham in win over Swardeston in East Anglian Premier League

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Noah Thain was in top form for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Mecha Morton
Noah Thain was in top form for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Mecha Morton

Noah Thain had a pivotal role for Sawston & Babraham in a 108-run win over Swardeston in the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League.

Charlie Lewis (23) and Callum Guest (44) once again gave the Sawston side an excellent start, taking the score to 53 in the 12th over.

Guest was joined by his Cambridgeshire county colleague Thain as they added 72 in 17 overs before Guest became Callum Taylor’s first victim, in a haul of three for 64.

Luke Spears (67) then assisted youngster Thain to add a further 78 runs and take the score along before Thain was out for 79 to Alfie Cooper, who finished with six for 79.

Some late runs from Mark Smith (16) propelled the final score to 293 at the close.

Jordan Taylor (32) and Harry Barker (34) gave the visitors an excellent platform as they added 57 at around five an over before they lost a bit of momentum and a couple of wickets with the score on 74.

They went from 117 for 3 to 127 for 7 as Peter Hatzoglou weaved his magic, finishing with three for 31.

Some stubborn batting from Ben Chapman (15 from 41), Adam Todd (29 not out from 76) and Toby Duncan (9 from 37) meant that the visitors at 185 for 8 had just four overs
to survive.

But Thain capped a fantastic day by removing Duncan in the 54th over before taking Thomas to finish with two for 4 off 2.1 overs as the Rams wrapped up a 30-point win.

The Rams needed every one of those five bonus points to climb above Mildenhall and back to the summit of EAPL 2022.

The Suffolk outfit recovered from 13 for 3 at fellow Suffolk and title chasing Copdock before an unbeaten 111 not out from Tristan Blackledge took the visitors to 258 for 8.

Sam Athurton’s hundred in reply seemed to be taking the home side to at least a draw but Blackledge (3-43) and Jack Loveday (3-45) had other ideas as Mildenhall gained 29 points and a stunning victory.

Elsewhere Witham almost chased down Sudbury’s imposing 331 for 7 finishing just five runs short in a drawn game with four centurions.

Horsford made the most of a sporting declaration at home to Bury. Frinton beat Great Witchingham to leapfrog their Norfolk hosts and Swardeston at the wrong end of the table.

Saffron Walden’s lack of action saw them slip to bottom but they have a game in in hand. These results have seen Sawston and Mildenhall open up a healthy lead over the chasing pack.

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