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Waqas Hussain smashes century as Sawston & Babraham beat Copdock & Old Ipswichian in Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League




Cambridge's Peter Richer bowls to Mildenhall's Jack Potticary. Picture: Mecha Morton
Cambridge's Peter Richer bowls to Mildenhall's Jack Potticary. Picture: Mecha Morton

Waqas Hussain made the most of Sawston & Babraham being asked to bat by smashing a century as they beat Copdock & Old Ipswichian in the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League.

The hosts had won the toss and elected to field, and Hussain was joined at the top of the order by James Van de Peer.

They put on 66 for the first wicket, with Van de Peer dismissed for 25, but after being quiet and dropped twice, Hussain then cut free with Michael Cafferkey for the second wicket.

No 3 Cafferkey made 66 off 71, while Hussain smashed 110 for his fourth century for Sawston & Babraham.

Ben Clilverd (25) and Callum Guest (30) helped Sawston & Babraham close on 298 for 7.

Copdock & Old Ipswichian started their response at blistering pace, with Ben Claydon leading the charge with 122 off 111 balls.

But Sawston & Babraham were picking up regular wickets at the other end, and despite Matt Hunn’s 39 from 22, Copdock & Old Ipswichian were bowled out for 259.

Guest was the star performer with the ball, taking five for 44.

Cambridge were unable to post a big enough target to see off the threat of Mildenhall as they were beaten by three wickets.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Cambridge were up against it at 26 for 3.

Michael Pepper steadied the ship with 35, and Michael Turner helped move the scoreboard along with 48.

Peter Richer contributed 56 as Cambridge were bowled out for 212, with former player Tristan Blackledge the pick of the bowlers with four for 36.

Mildenhall had a similar wobble at the top of the innings as Cambridge reduced them to 40 for 4, but a stand of 120 between Jack Potticary (77) and Ollie Lovejoy (49) took the game away from the visitors.

Matt Allen’s unbeaten 32 took them over the line to 213 for 7.

Captain Lewys Hill was the pick of the bowlers with three for 49.

Middle-order power was the undoing of Burwell & Exning as they were defeated by 119 runs at Horsford.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat, and while their top three batsmen gave them a start, it was the next four that were the backbone of the innings.

Rahul Gard hit 65 off 55 balls, Ryan Findlay made 50 off 54, Sam Clabburn smashed 72 off 44 and Chris Read made an unbeaten 35 off 24.

It meant Horsford finished their innings on 350 for 6.

Nicholas Huckle and Jay Ghelani got two wickets apiece for
Burwell & Exning.

Opener Tom Griffiths made 40 for Burwell & Exning, and there were half-centuries for Jamie Seabrooke (50) and captain Sam Rippington (54 not out). But they were restricted to 231 for 6 at the end of their 50 overs.

On Saturday (August 8), Cambridge are away to Great Witchingham, Burwell & Exning host Mildenhall and Sawston & Babraham, who are at the top of the south division, are at home to Bury St Edmunds, who are third.



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