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Winning machine Sawston & Babraham stutter for the first time this season

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Charlie Lewis was in the runs for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Rich Marsham
Charlie Lewis was in the runs for Sawston & Babraham. Picture: Rich Marsham

Sawston & Babraham’s winning machine stuttered for the first time this season.

The Rams had a league and cup double header, but could not quite get over the line in either game.

In the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League, they were up against Bury St Edmunds, who made a flying start to their innings as Sean Park (73), Justin Bishop (68) and Jacob Miltz (45) took them to 180
for 1.

Callum Guest’s introduction to the attack slowed their progress and then the wickets started to fall as they were reduced to 226 for 8.

Tim Moses took four for 32 and Peter Hatzoglou snared three for 69 as Bury’s innings ended on 245 for 9.

The Rams’ reply made a solid start through Charlie Lewis and Luke Spears (35) as they got to 79 for 1, but the visitors soon pounced.

Sawston & Babraham had slipped to 95 for 5 off 30 overs, but Lewis continued to anchor the inninings.

He found an ally in Moses (32 from 39) who followed up his impressive knock of last week, and his bowling, to add 56 for the sixth wicket leaving them needing 96 runs from 20 overs.

There was no hint of panic as Sawston moved patiently along to 176 for 6 with just three overs and two balls to go but Cantrell, who finished with four for 24, then removed Hatzoglou (16 from 29) and then Lewis (64 from 169).

When James Vandepeer followed two balls later, James McKinney had six balls at George Darlow to win the game. Darlow took the unusual survival option of smacking a couple of boundaries to survive on 10 not out as the innings closed on 185 for 9.

The draw does mean that the Rams remain unbeaten in the league, however, they are out of the ECB National Club Championship after a five-wicket second-round defeat to Brentwood on Sunday.

Sawston & Babraham were put into bat, and Lewis’ unbeaten 120, off 104 balls, and Dan Heath’s 44, off 43, put down a target of 251 for 6 from 40 overs for the Essex side.

But Brentwood opener Aaron West was their nemesis.

He smashed an unbeaten 135, off 121, and forged a third-wicket 126-run partnership with Jack Hebron (49 off 62) as Brentwood reached their target of 255 for 5 with two balls to spare.

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