Sawston & Babraham edging closer to Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One title
Matt Hague was left six runs shy of a century as Sawston & Babraham edged closer to the Whiting & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier, Division One title with a six-wicket win over March Town.
March won the toss and elected to bat. Saranga Rajaguru hit 79 and there was also a valuable half-century from James Harradine (55).
They were bowled out for 229, with James Van De Peer the pick of the bowlers with three for 43.
Sawston & Babraham lost two quick wickets to be 10 for 2, but Hague and Tim Moses (61) forged a 158-run partnership for the third wicket before the opener fell for 94.
Alex Stafford’s unbeaten 37 steered Sawston & Babraham home with 232 for 4.
Eaton Socon are still hot on their heels, eight points adrift, after a nine-wicket win over Wisbech Town.
And Histon remain in outside contention, 33 points behind, after an eight-wicket win over Thriplow.
Having won the toss, they put the hosts into bat and dismissed them for 70.
John Howe (15) and Chris Viner (10) were the only batsmen to reach double figures, while Josh Brown shone with the ball with four for 18.
Opener David Piggott saw Histon home with an unbeaten 34 as Histon lost two wickets on their way to scoring 71.
Sawston & Babraham’s next two games are at home to Eaton Socon and away to Histon.
There was not such good news for Foxton, as they lost to bottom side Ramsey by five wickets.
Donal Whyte was their top scorer with 35 as they were bowled out for 124. Mark Saunders was the leading bowler for Ramsey with three for 35.
Kevin Carlson’s unbeaten 55 saw Ramsey to victory as they made 125 for 5.
Cambridge St Giles stayed in the hunt for promotion from Division Two with an eight-run win over Saffron Walden II.
The third-wicket partnership of 101 between David Shaw (64) and Garryth Jackson (59) proved crucial in totting up the runs, with Aatish Kean Maharaj (41) the only other player in double figures as they were bowled out for 205.
Josha Down took four for 27.
Walden had a number of players get started in reply, but only Stephen Larsen (52) made an impact as they were dismissed for 197.
Martin Heginbotham was the pick of the bowlers with three for 18, from 9.3 overs.
Osmond Williams played a key part in helping Foxton II maintain their place at the top of Division Three table with a seven-wicket win at Newborough.
Only Ashley Fisher (23) and Vamshi Parvathaneni (14) reached double figures as Newborough were dismissed for 61. Williams took four for 7 off five overs.
Kishon Williams (16 not out) and Lenon Lawrence (14) steered Foxton to 62 for 3.
George Houghton’s five-for kept Old Leysians hot on their heels with a seven-wicket win over AK XI.
Mohammed Nadeem Zahid struck 34 for AK XI but they were bowled out for 118.
Houghton had a five-wicket haul for 28 runs, off nine overs.
Patrick Miller’s 33 not out and Chris Tapping’s 23 saw Old Leysians home with 119 for 3.
Burwell & Exning II were unable to muster the runs to beat Southill Park, as they were defeated by 82 runs.
Milin Gandhi set the tone for Southill Park with 105 runs off 92 balls, including 18 fours, but the second highest scorer was Shaylen Tomlinson-Patel with 19.
They were bowled out for 207, with Samuel Bellis the pick of the bowlers with three for 5 off 3.4 overs.
Nick Huckle made 30 and Daniel Baigent struck 28 as Burwell & Exning were dismissed for 125. Sajjad Hussain took three for 34.
Burwell & Exning II will be looking to bounce back this Saturday, and hamper Old Leysians’ title bid at the same time at Exning Park. For Old Leysians, they will be out to make their game in hand of the leaders count with just four points separating the top two.
Foxton have one game left, away to Burwell & Exning on September 1, when Old Leysians travel to Newborough.