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Sawston & Babraham extend lead at top of East Anglian Premier League table with win over Bury St Edmunds




James Vandepeer in action for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Chris Worrall (50259027)
James Vandepeer in action for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Chris Worrall (50259027)

An all-round display from James Vandepeer helped Sawston & Babraham extend their lead at the top of the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League with a nine-wicket win over Bury St Edmunds.

Injuries and illness meant a swathe of the Rams’ squad were absent, but up stepped Ben Benson, Scott Stanford and Nick Griggs.

Bury won the toss and elected to bat, but Sawston’s opening bowlers worked their magic.

With Vandepeer taking three for 31 and Mark Smith claiming two for 45, Bury were reduced to 45 for 5, with only Ben Seabrook (28) getting into double figures.

Ben Clilverd then came into the attack, and he picked up three wickets in the 16th over and finished with five for 22 from five overs as Bury were all out for 106.

They only reached that total thanks to 24 from the last pair of Sam Aldous (12) and James Mckinney (11 no).

Benson has been in fine form for the second team this season, scoring more than 600 runs, and he made 24 in a 43-run partnership with Vandepeer for the first wicket.

Ben Benson in action for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Chris Worrall (50259009)
Ben Benson in action for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Chris Worrall (50259009)

Vandepeer went on to finish on 50 not out from 59 balls, and with Waqas Hussain’s unbeaten 21, they recorded victory inside 24 overs.

Sawston & Babraham are now 31 points ahead of Great Witchingham, and a further five clear of Swardeston, who chased 270 to beat Burwell & Exning.

Tony De Zorzi shone for Burwell & Exning after they elected to bat first, having won the toss.

He scored 124 off 132 balls, including 14 fours, and the top order all chipped in as Luke Du Plooy (32), Olly Jefferies (32) and Tom Griffiths (33) helped them to close on 271 for 6.

But Swardeston were more than equal to the challenge, getting home with almost six overs to spare.

Callum Taylor led the way with 113 off 116, and there was an unbeaten half-century from Lewis Denmark, who made 59 off 49 as Swardeston made 275 for 4.

Mark Smith in action for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Chris Worrall (50258976)
Mark Smith in action for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Chris Worrall (50258976)

Cambridge suffered a 128-run defeat at home to Copdock & Old Ipswichian.

Having been put into bat, the visitors were boosted by a 137-run second-wicket partnership
between Jack Beaumont (97) and Alex Oxley (97).

A late cameo of 23 not out off 14 balls from Chris Swallow helped Copdock & Old Ipswichian end their innings on 299 for 6.

Cambridge were unable to muster enough of a response in reply.

Dougie Rice was their top scorer with 58, including 10 fours, off 65 balls.

Liam Lombard (29) and Johnny Atkinson (24) also contributed to the cause, but with only one other player getting into double figures, they were all out for 171.

Beaumont added to his efforts with the bat by snaring five for 37, and there was also three for 23 for Swallow.



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