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Tyron Koen excels for Burwell & Exning with all-round exploits

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Ben Claydon did well with bat and ball for Cambridge Granta
Ben Claydon did well with bat and ball for Cambridge Granta

And Kushaal Kumar sparkles for Granta in league win

Tyron Koen was the star of the show for Burwell & Exning in their 85-run win over Vauxhall Mallards in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

The young South African shone with bat and ball.

When captain Joe Tetley fell for 62, it brought Koen to the crease with the score at 90 for 4.

Wickets continued to fall regularly as the score reached 181 for 9, but then Koen cut loose.

With Sam Rippington (18no) at the other end, Koen smashed a total of 10 fours and two sixes to make 126 not out, from 113 balls, as Burwell & Exning’s innings ended on 279 for 9.

Koen then took out batsmen numbers four to eight for a haul of five for 59, and with Rippington claiming three for 58, the Mallards were stopped at 194 for 9.

Cambridge Granta had varying fortunes at the weekend.

There was delight in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, but disappointment in round two of the ECB National Club Championship.

It was a day to remember for Kushaal Kumar as Granta faced Norwich in the league.

The youngster took a break from his A-level revision to head to Norfolk, and he returned with a maiden EAPL five-wicket haul.

It was a promising start for Granta as Alex Sears had opener Jack Newby caught behind by Chris Benjamin for a duck.

Granta took wickets at regular periods and prevented proper partnerships from building, with Kumar removing Martin Greiller (36) after he had put on 64 runs with Ashley Watson.

Kumar got to work on the lower order, removing batsmen numbers six to nine inclusive to finish with figures of five for 37 from his 18 overs. It helped dismiss Norwich for 202.

Granta suffered an early blow in reply as Benjamin was dismissed for a duck, but it brought Ben Claydon and Michael Pepper together, and they scored 88 runs for the second wicket before Pepper was caught Newby, bowled Watson for 49.

Claydon fell for 38, but with knocks in the 20s from Johnny Atkinson, Tristan Blackledge, Will Hales and Sears, it saw Granta to a revised target of 203 from 56 overs with four wickets to spare.

The run chase proved too much for Granta in the ECB National Club Championship at Brentwood though.

They made a promising start to reduce the hosts to 39 for 4, but Tom Oakley’s 36 moved the scoring along before he was dismissed by Claydon with the score on 77 for 5.

Granta continued to stymie their opponents with regular wickets, but an eighth-wicket stand helped put on 27 runs to move the score along, with Richard Horswill making 36 before being dismissed for 36 by Claydon, who finished with three for 13, as Brentwood were bowled out for 148.

However, Granta never got going in reply as not one of their top six got into double figures.

The only resistance came from Jake Lawrence (30) and Raj Singh (22), but Granta were knocked out of the competition after being dismissed for 106.

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