Sawston & Babraham maintain pole position in the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League
Tim Moses and Josh Jordan had starring roles to give Sawston & Babraham a thrilling four-run win over Bury St Edmunds in the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League, South Group.
It was the perfect way to respond to their first defeat in two years the previous week, and they did so by winning the toss and electing to bat.
Through the efforts of James Van de Peer (43), Waqas Hussain (42) and Ben Clilverd (20), they reached 125 for 3, but then came a familiar batting collapse as they slipped to 133 for 6.
Alex Stafford, at No 8, made 35 from 31 balls to help the late order add 51 to take the total to 193 for 9. Ben Whittaker caused much of the middle innings collapse by taking five for 27.
Bury stuttered at 80 for 3, but Ben Seabrook (33) and Alfie Marston (31) steadied the ship at 137 for 3.
Moses returned to the attack to take two wickets in three balls, but needing 55 off 10 overs, Bury just held the advantage.
George Lloyd (18) and Whittaker (12) had taken 10 runs off Moses’ first five balls of the 48th over, and Bury moved to 188 for 8, needing five runs off the last over.
But Moses took Whittaker to return a haul of four for 35, and Charlie Cook was run-out by Jordan to give Sawston & Babraham victory to keep them top of the table.
Zaheer Hussain top-scored for Cambridge as they secured a three-run win over Great Witchingham in the North Group.
They lost the toss and were put into bat, but openers Hussain and Dougie Rice got them off to an encouraging start before Rice fell for 36 with the score on 78. Daminda Ranaweera (37) helped add 83 for the second wicket, and when Hussain was eventually dismissed for 76, the score was 198 for 3.
Johnny Atkinson (56) and Lewys Hill (20 not out) added 57 for the fifth wicket, and Cambridge closed their innings on 279.
Sam Arthurton made 100 for Great Witchingham and Tom New hit 79, but they ran out of overs and were left stranded on 276 for 8.
Zaman Akhter was the pick of the bowlers with four for 36.
Burwell & Exning had a day to forget with a nine-wicket defeat to Mildenhall.
They won the toss and elected to bat, but were soon ruing the decision with what can only be described as a frail batting display.
Burwell & Exning were bowled out for 44 in 22 overs. Alex Cruickshank (three for 12), Jack Loveday (three for 7) and Tom Rash (three for 7) had equal billing in the bowling stakes.