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Rishi Patel knock paves the way for Sawston & Babraham success over Sudbury in East Anglian Premier League

Mark Smith in action for Sawston & Babraham against Sudbury. Picture: Mecha Morton
Mark Smith in action for Sawston & Babraham against Sudbury. Picture: Mecha Morton

Rishi Patel produced a nerve-calming innings to boost Sawston & Babraham in a five-wicket win over Sudbury in the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League.

On a good track and fast outfield, it was unsurprising that Sudbury elected to bat first having won the toss.

The Rams opening pair of James Vandepeer and Mark Smith performed their usual trick of claiming early wickets, removing Adam Mansfield and Rubin Herrman with just 22 on the board.

Having been put under pressure on 85 for 4, Alex Quinn (37) and Kenny Moulton-Day (24) then stabilised the innings, moving the visitors to 129 for 4 in 42 overs.

Just when Sudbury were looking to accelerate, Vandepeer returned to dismiss Moulton-Day and Ryan Vickery with two wickets in three balls, to finish with three for 34.

They were teetering on 141 for 8, but managed to reach 181 all out. Ben Clilverd also finished with three for 33.

After losing their first wicket for 18, Charlie Lewis (33) and Patel settled Sawston & Babraham with 57 runs for the second-wicket partnership, and Waqas Hussain (43 not out) then joined Patel (69) to put on 65 runs in a dozen overs for the third wicket. They saw out the victory with five wickets and almost 90 balls to spare.

Matthew Jones’ staggering effort for Burwell & Exning went unrewarded as they were beaten by 22 runs at Frinton-on-Sea.

Having been asked to field first, Burwell & Exning made some early gains with two quick wickets but Josh Rymell (52) and Chris Harris (37) steadied the Frinton ship.

However, only one other batsman was able to get into double figures as they were bowled out for 127.

Jones annihilated Frinton, with his 13 overs featuring four maidens on the way to eight for 57.

But Burwell & Exning’s struggles with the bat continued as Tim Catley top scored with 27 as they were dismissed for just 105.

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