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Sawston & Babraham Cricket Club claim two promotions

Marc Pearson in action for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Keith Heppell
Marc Pearson in action for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Keith Heppell

Marc Pearson smashed a magnificent century to guide Sawston & Babraham II to the Whiting & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division Three
title with a 200-run win over Eaton Socon II.

Going into the game, they needed two points for the success and they did that in some style.

Skipper Ben Benson won the toss and elected to bat, but they lost both openers for only 38.

Former club and first-team captain Pearson rolled back the years to share in 39, 84 and 159-run partnerships with Scott Stanford (6), Ant Phillips (25) and Ben Clilverd (59) respectively.

Pearson finished with 153 from just 110 balls, which included 21 fours and four sixes, and with the tail wagging, they reached 316 for 8 after 45 overs.

There was two for 24 from 15-year-old opening bowler Jacob Watling and three for 33 for Jamie Vale, who was only introduced in the 42nd over.

Some excellent opening bowling meant that Eaton Socon II never got going in reply.

Sean Ward took three for 27 and Ollie North claimed one for 15 after their nine overs, and Clilverd hit a direct run out.

Matthew Taylor made 50 not out, from 76 balls, which meant that Eaton Socon reached three figures.

But wickets for Stanford, Raven, Lewis Cracknell and two for 9 from Pearson led to Eaton Socon being bowled out for 116 as Sawston & Babraham finished 29 points clear of second-placed Southill Park.

Sawston & Babraham III clinched the CCA Junior League Division 3S title in style by securing a nine-wicket win over Newton.

The platform was put down by Sawston’s impressive seam attack.

Sean Jenkins and Sean Ward returned figures of three for 7 and two for 5 respectively.

Teenagers Joe Latham (one for 14) and Henry Butler (0 for 17) helped to maintain the pressure.

Chris Eggleton rallied Newton with 21, and late order runs from Oli Belson (27) and Stewart Newlove (15 not out) saw them post 93 for 8 at the end of their 40 overs, with Jake Ellis and Chris Kerby also getting one wicket apiece.

The Rams openers wasted little time in getting stuck into the chase.

They were able to reach 64 for the first wicket, with Oliver Borley hitting 26 and the experienced Wes Potschul scoring 39 not out in a perfect start.

Scott Barker than added an unbeaten 18 to see Sawston & Babraham home in the 17th over with the loss of just one wicket, which was taken by Stewart Newlove.

It meants that Sawston & Babraham have won the title with a game to spare.

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