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Waqas Hussain started the cricket season friendlies in the runs for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Mark Westley
Waqas Hussain started the cricket season friendlies in the runs for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Mark Westley

Sawston & Babraham, Burwell & Exning and Cambridge University warmed up for the new cricket season with a series of matches over the Easter weekend.

On Saturday, the students made the trip to Burwell & Exning and earned a five-wicket win.

They won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Joe Tetley made 70 for Burwell and opener Olly Jefferies hit 37.

But it was Alex Moen that was their tormentor.

He took six for 34 to help skittle out Burwell & Exning for 196.

Moen was then the star with with bat, making an unbeaten 85 as the Light Blues made 199 for 5.

Ed Hyde added an unbeaten 44 and Nathan Johns contribued 36.

But they were unable to follow that up on Easter Sunday as they lost by 39 runs to Sawston & Babraham.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat, and posted 234 all out.

Waqas Hussain made 76 off 57 balls, and No 10 Tim Moses weighed in with an unbeaten 36 off 50 deliveries.

Anurag Agarwal took five for 47 for the university, and Francisco Newby claimed three for 14.

Hyde was the top scorer in reply with 31 but, despite a late rally from batsmen numbers eight to 10, they were bowled out for 195.

Callum Guest was the pick of the bowlers with three for 33.

It made it a weekend double for Sawston & Babraham, who defeated Mildenhall by four wickets on Saturday.

Jack Potticary made 58 for Mildenhall as they were bowled out for 174.

George Darlow snared four for 43, and Mark Smith and Ben Clilverd took two wickets apiece.

In response, opener Michael Cafferkey led the way with 46 and, helped by 35 from Guest, they reached 176 for 6 to clinch victory.

Sawston & Babraham and Burwell & Exning get their Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League campaigns under way on April 17.

The university are due to host Essex II at Fenner’s today (Wednesday).



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