Rishi Patel shines in Sawston & Babraham victory over Saffron Walden
Sawston & Babraham have returned to the top of the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League table after a three-wicket win over Saffron Walden.
They won the toss and elected to field, and Walden made a respectable total. The hosts lost their first wicket for just 11 runs, but were galvanised by Alistair Russell (54) and Zubayr Hamza, who departed for 59, having put on 105 for the second wicket.
George Darlow struck twice to leave Walden on 124 for 4, but Alex Peirson (28) and Nikhil Gorantla made a 98-run fifth-wicket partnership.
Gorantla carried his bat for 103, off 100 balls including 12 fours, as Walden’s innings closed on 283 for 6.
There was some batting depth to Sawston & Babraham’s reply, with most batsmen making at least a start.
But there were a few that went better than others, and they were Rishi Patel with 86, Ben Clilverd with 57 and Callum Guest with 42 as Sawston & Babraham reached 285 for 7.
After Great Witchingham’s defeat to Horsford, it takes Sawston & Babraham back to the top, where they had a long spell at the start of the season.
But Sawston & Babraham made the worst possible exit in the Conference Cup for the Bertie Joel Trophy, on the toss of a coin to Surrey Premier League side East Molesley after rain forced the abandonment of the match.
Capping a miserable day, they lost Matt Hague to a broken leg suffered a pre-match warm-up incident.
A dogged rearguard action earned Burwell & Exning a draw with Sudbury in the EAPL.
The hosts batted first and built up a sizeable total.
Adam Mansfield (89) and Darren Batch (64) put on 155 for the second wicket, with Ben Parker (55) and Rubin Hermann (33) then adding 65 for the fourth wicket, and Parker and Kenny Moulton-Day (39) adding a further 63 for the fifth wicket.
It all meant that Sudbury ended their 64 overs on 317 for 6.
After a shaky start, with the loss of captain Tom Griffiths for eight, Tony De Zorzi (55) and Olly Jefferies rallied to get them to 135 for 2.
Worryingly, the wickets continued to drop, with Jefferies falling for 94 with the score on 178 for 4.
But each batsman did their bit, chipping in runs and using up the overs as Burwell & Exning used up the 57 to finish on 262 for 8 to earn a draw.
Cambridge were left to rue their decision to field first as they suffered a 150-run defeat to Swardeston.
After making an early breakthrough, they then saw Jordan Taylor (60) and Alfie Cooper put on 100 for the second wicket.
Cooper was becoming the mainstay of the innings as he then forged 110 with Callum Taylor (45) for the fourth wicket, before becoming the fifth man to fall, for 111, to Lewys Hill.
Swardeston went on to add a further 65 before declaring on 312 for 7.
Hill was once again the pick of the bowlers, with five for 71.
However, the writing was on the wall when Cambridge were reduced to 12 for 4.
Nick Taylor (27) helped them reach 48 for 6, and then Zaman Akhter (55) and Felix Serby (46) put on 96 runs for the seventh wicket to carry them to 144 before Akhter was dismissed, and Hugh Aubrey fell without another run being added.
Cambridge were eventually bowled out for 162.