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Sam Thain carries bat to help Cambridge St Giles to victory over Old Leysians

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Sam Thain made a half-century for Cambridge St Giles. Picture: Keith Heppell
Sam Thain made a half-century for Cambridge St Giles. Picture: Keith Heppell

Sam Thain carried his bat with a half-century to steer Cambridge St Giles to a 134-run win over Old Leysians in the Whiting & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One.

St Giles won the toss and batted first, and were put on their way by a strong second-wicket partnership of 67 between Zaheer Hussain (46) and Vansh Bajaj (42).

After losing several wickets in a row to fall to 125 for 5, Siddhant Pande and Thain steadied the ship.

They took the score along to 224 for 6 in a 99-run partnership for the sixth wicket, before Pande fell for 42.

Thain stood firm until the close of the innings, having hit 65 not out off 53 balls, as St Giles closed on 258 for 8.

Old Leysians had a really bad start as they were reduced to 1 for 4 as Krishna Charit (three for 30) and Aatish Kean Maharaj (two for 15) struck for St Giles.

The wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals with the only resistance coming from Andrew Bramley, who hit 77 off 68 balls, including 11 fours and four sixes. But they were all out for 124.

Half-centuries from Liam Hindle and Lewys Hill helped Foxton Granta to a four-run win over Eaton Socon.

They elected to bat first and got off to a promising start through Adam Webster (17) and Dougie Rice (39), but went from 58 for 0 to 74 for 4.

It brought together Hill and Hindle, who added 84 for the fifth wicket before Hill fell for 50.

Hindle hung around as the pivot at the other end as Raj Singh (19 off 21) and Connor Cheverall (22 off 17) moved the score along before the No 5 batsman went for 55, with the score on 228 for 7. Their innings closed on 236 for 8.

Opener Jonathon Carpenter led the charge for Eaton Socon.

He hit 93 before becoming the seventh wicket to fall with the total on 216 for 7.

However, Foxton Granta kept them at bay on 232 for 8 at the end of the 50 overs to clinch victory. Singh was the leading wicket-taker with three for 31.

David Piggott’s four-wicket haul guided Histon to a return to winning ways with a nine-wicket success at Newmarket.

Ed Hyde’s decision to put the hosts into bat reaped its rewards as Ben Kavanagh and Will Brown got to work at the top of the order.

Kavanagh took three for 25 as Newmarket were reduced to 59 for 4, after Mohammad Chowdhury (43) was removed by John Turner, then Piggott got to work.

He ripped through the lower order to finish with four for 30 as Newmarket were all out for 117.

Hari Krishna Kukreja (42 not out), Tom Griffiths (33) and Hyde (17 not out) saw Histon to their target with the loss of just one wicket and inside 25 overs.

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