Sawston & Babraham set up Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League decider against Sudbury
A disciplined bowling performance and an unbeaten half-century from captain Dan Heath helped Sawston & Babraham beat Frinton-on-Sea in the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League, South Group.
With the reigning champions including Essex cricketers Adam Wheater, Nick Browne and Josh Rymell, Sawston & Babraham knew they were in for a tough challenge to maintain their top spot.
Sawston & Babraham won the toss and elected to bat, getting to 60 without losing a wicket but they were unable to build on their start.
Ollie Bocking and Blaine Bannister took two wickets apiece, but Ben Clilverd (24) and Tim Moses (35) took the score to 117 for 5.
Skipper Heath joined long-term ally Alex Stafford at the crease, they have played cricket together going all the way back to Cambridgeshire colts, and they were able to add 60 valuable runs in fourteen overs. Heath finished on 55 not out as Sawston & Babraham closed on 283 for 9.
Sam Webb-Snowling raced to 48 off 30 balls before being dismissed by Tommy Hams.
Frinton got to 122 for 1, but then Callum Guest entered the fray.
He had Josh Rymell (5) caught behind by Heath and Adam Wheater (12) caught by Clilverd to get Frinton to 171 for 3, then Guest struck twice in quick succession, removing Nick Browne (84) and Kyran Young (9). He finished with four for 27.
Frinton needed 108, at a rate of six an over, but Michael Cafferkey and Moses squeezed the home side, along with some excellent fielding.
When Tom Sinclair was run out for 35, Frinton were on 244 for 6, and the disciplined bowling performance was rewarded as the hosts were stopped on 261 for 7.
Sudbury defeated Copdock & Old Ipswichian to set up a division title decider with Sawston & Babraham this Saturday (September 19). The winners will meet the first place side in the North Group, either Swardeston or Mildenhall.
In the North Group, Cambridge suffered a 49-run defeat to Swardeston.
Cambridge won the toss and put Swardeston in to bat.
Jordan Taylor made 59 and Richard Sims crashed an unbeaten 64, off 58, as Swardeston reached 223 for 6.
Cambridge struggled in their reply, unable to build up big enough partnerships.
At the top of the order, Nick Taylor (27) and Zaheer Hussain (22) were the top scorers. Zaman Akhter rushed the scoring along with 49 not out, but they were bowled out for 174. Toby Duncan snared three for 23.
Frankie Sutton and Hudson De Lucchi smashed centuries to
put Burwell & Exning to the sword
as Great Witchingham beat them
by 255 runs.
Burwell & Exning won the toss and elected to field, and it was a big second-wicket partnership that saw the game race away from them, with a 162-run stand.
Sutton made 130, off 121 balls, and De Lucchi walloped 120, off 104, as Great Witchingham amassed 391 for 5.
Burwell & Exning struggled to get going in reply. Openers Tom Griffiths and Joe Tetley both hit 19, but they found themselves on 84 for 7.
Luke Du Plooy’s 33 helped them rally, but they were bowled out for 136. Andy Hanby claimed four for 18.