Raj Singh delivers a great eight for Cambridge Granta in Horsford win
But Burwell & Exning are on the end of a record-breaking display
Lewys Hill was full of praise for bowler Raj Singh after he blew away Horsford to earn Cambridge Granta a 192-run win in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.
Opener Alex Sears hit 85 and with captain Hill (45 off 50 balls) and Jake Lawrence (35 not out off 22) also making valuable contributions, Granta gave themselves a respectable 276 for 8 to defend.
They were on the front foot from the start, with Singh striking quickly to remove three of Horsford’s top four to leave them on 7 for 3. And he soon had two more scalps as the visitors struggled at 25 for 5.
After Sears and Kushaal Kumar chipped in with a wicket apiece, Singh returned to clean up the table, taking the remaining three wickets to finish with a brilliant eight for 34 as Horsford were bowled out for 84.
“Raj is one of those bowlers who is a real match-winner on his day,” said Hill. “We’re lucky to have a number of match-winners.
“Raj’s figures were fantastic; eight wickets on a wicket in July especially at Clare [College sportsground] is a fantastic effort.
“Raj has always been one of those bowlers who is very consistent. He knows his plans and what he wants to do, and will stick to it nine times out of 10.
“It was a mixture of having a score on the board which helped, we had some pressure which we haven’t had in the last couple of weeks so maybe he felt a little bit more comfortable with his line and length.
“He bowled six balls in the same area every over, which for a batsman is the ultimate headache really; they did not have much choice and with Raj he always attacks the stumps.
“Being an inswinging bowler, he is always bowling at you and making you play the ball.”
After three successive defeats, Hill added: “It was an all-round performance. Everyone chipped in with the bat and then Raj took over with the ball, and blew them away which was fantastic.”
Burwell & Exning were on the end of an East Anglian Premier League record performance as they lost by eight wickets to Great Witchingham.
Having been put in to bat, they ran into an inform Andrew Hanby, who tore through Burwell & Exning, with only Simon Donald and Tyron Koen able to put up any type of resistance, both scoring 16.
Hanby’s brilliance saw him take nine wickets for just 28 runs, as Burwell & Exning were dismissed for 60.
Great Witchingham reached their target at a canter, within 15 overs.