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Tristan Blackledge and Paul Summerskill start Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League season with a bang

By CambridgeIndependent Reporter

Tristan Blackledge was in good form for Cambridge Granta.
Tristan Blackledge was in good form for Cambridge Granta.

Sawston & Babraham and Histon also open with wins in Cambs & Hunts Premier League

Cambridge Granta and Burwell & Exning made winning starts to the new Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

Tristan Blackledge was the star of the show for Granta in their match at Vauxhall Mallards.

He recorded figures of four for 33, while Henry Campbell took three for 27, as Mallards were bowled out for 131.

Opener Blackledge then made 33 and Ben Claydon hit 69 not out as Granta made 131 for 1.

Paul Summerskill was in smashing form for Burwell & Exning in their 121-run win at Horsford.

He hit 16 fours and four sixes in a knock of 143 and with Alex Scully’s unbeaten 62, it took Burwell & Exning to 281 for 5.

The Seabrook brothers got to work on the Horsford batsmen, with Jamie taking five for 27 and Ben claiming three for 26 as the hosts were dismissed for 160.

In the Whitings & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Sawston & Babraham made a winning start to life in Division One by beating Wisbech Town by four runs.

They won the toss and elected to bat, with Dilshan Manamperi top scoring with 36 as they were bowled out for 186.

Wisbech were then restricted to 182 for 8 at the end of their 50 overs, with Alex Stafford’s four for 46 helping Sawston to victory.

James Johnson and Sean Stevenson led the way for Histon as they secured a four-wicket win at Waresley.

Stevenson took four for 27 and Ben Leach had a haul of three for 25 as Waresley were stopped on 189 for 9.

Opener Johnson hit 71 in reply and Jake Allcock was left stranded eight short of a half-centry as Histon reached their target of 190 with four wickets to spare.

It was not to be for Granta II though, as they suffered a 125-run defeat to Ufford Park.

Ram Bapodra smashed 62 as Ufford Park were bowled out for 213.

John Turner snared four for 35 and Raj Singh took three for 12.

But Granta collapsed in reply.

Only Sacha Abbasi made double figures, with 43, as Granta were dismissed for 88.

Great Shelford, Cambridge St Giles and Foxton were all without fixtures on the opening weekend of the campaign.


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