Rakshith Rao stars for Foxton in victory over Cambridge St Giles in Cambs & Hunts Premier League
Rakshith Rao put a stamp on the match as Foxton beat Cambridge St Giles by five wickets in the Whiting & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One.
St Giles won the toss and elected to beat first, but lost the dangerous Zaheer Hussain for just one run, with only seven on the board.
Matt Daniels went on to add to that wicket by taking the next two batsmen to fall, to finish with three for 39 from his 10 overs.
Vansh Bajaj was standing his ground at the top of the order, going on to make 43, but he lacked support as no-one else was able to make it out of the teens.
The bowling baton had been passed to Rao, and he took up the mantle and ran with it, claiming four for 21 off 10 overs. It helped to bowl out St Giles for 126.
Wickets fell at relatively regular intervals for Foxton, but Tade Carmichael’s 33 saw them home on 129 for 5, off just 28.3 overs.
Histon lost ground at the top of the table with a one-wicket defeat at St Ives Town & Warboys.
Histon chose to bat first, but their line-up failed to fire.
Ed Hyde has so often been the lynchpin of the innings, and top-scored again with 32, but no-one else was able to get going as they were bowled out for 114.
Matthew Wells was the scourge of the batsmen with six for 23.
Sean Stevenson took four for 17 and Ben Leach snared three for 25, but St Ives got home on 115 for 9.
Jonathon Carpenter put Cambridge II to the sword in an 88-run win for Eaton Socon.
Having been put in to bat, Carpenter made an unbeaten 160 off 152 balls. Mungo Ryan also made 65 as Eaton Socon reached 297 for 3 at the end of their 50 overs.
Felix Serby (65) and Theodore Aubrey (31) led the Cambridge riposte, but they ran out of overs as they were halted on 209 for 8.
Issy Routledge and Adam Newman put Old Leysians on course for a 10-wicket win over Waresley in Division Two.
Having won the toss and put the visitors in to bat, Gus Barraclough (two for 12) struck first to have Waresley on 18 for 2.
Routledge and Newman were then brought into the attack, and helped dismiss Waresley for 51.
Routledge snared four for 15 off eight overs, and Newman bagged four for 14 off 6.5 overs.
Milan Mniszko made 51 not out as Old Leysians reached the target without losing a wicket to extend the gap to third in the table.
Ed Fletcher was the leading wicket-taker as Burwell & Exning II beat AK XI by 16 runs.
Wayne Hardy top scored with 36 as Burwell & Exning set a target of 154 for 9. Fletcher then claimed three for 14 to help dismiss AK XI for 138.