Zaman Akhter and Dougie Rice combine to give Cambridge victory over Burwell & Exning in East Anglian Premier League
A five-wicket haul from Zaman Akhter steered Cambridge to an eight-wicket win over Burwell & Exning in the Read Brother East Anglian Premier League.
Burwell & Exning won the toss and elected to bat, but it looked like a bad decision when they were reduced to three for 3 after just 4.1 overs.
Henry Campbell had two of the wickets, and Lewys Hill snared one.
Some stability was provided by Joe Tetley (23) and Josh Bowers, who put on 63 for the next wicket.
Bowers and Jamie Seabrook helped move the score along again, 117 for 7, before Bowers was dismissed for 58.
Burwell & Exning were eventually bowled out for 144, with Akhter claiming five for 21 from 9.3 overs.
Dougie Rice was left stranded six runs short of a century in reply.
He made 94 not out off 84 as Cambridge won wih 149 for 2. Nick Taylor made 30.
It is a double header this weekend, with Burwell & Exning at Swardeston and Cambridge at Horsford on Saturday, and then Burwell & Exning hosting Horsford on Bank Holiday Monday, with Cambridge at Mildenhall.
Sawston & Babraham completed the double over Saffron Walden in a low-scoring match at Spicers sports ground.
The hosts batted first, but Jack Sneath took out both Sawston & Babraham openers, James Van De Peer (24) and Waqas Hussain (15).
Charlie Lewis (33) and Ben Clilverd helped take the score from 76 for 4 to 129 for 5. Clilverd (28) and Alex Stafford moved things on to 147 for 6, but they collapsed to 168 for 9.
Joe Barrs, two for 32, and Walden skipper Ben Harris, four for 31, turned the score but No 10 batsman George Darlow hit four fours and a six to reach 29 off 24 balls as Sawston & Babraham were bowled out for 196.
Mark Smith removed two of Walden’s top three, and they were struggling at 32 for 4.
Nikhil Gorantla offered stubborn resistance with 37, but they were reduced to 83 for 6.
Harris arrived to give Walden hope and, in a knock of 41, helped put on 60 runs with Finn Karsten and Ryan Deamer, but they ended up being bowled out for 164 as Sawston & Babraham maintained their 100 per cent record.
Nearest challengers Sudbury beat Frinton-on-Sea by nine wickets, and the two sides face other at Spicers this Saturday (August 29).
The first team are then at home to Copdock & Old Ipswichian on Bank Holiday Monday (August 31).
Sawston & Babraham made it through to the Suffolk T20 Cup finals day after beating Worlington on Sunday.
They had a side that mixed youth and experience, and were put into bat.
Clivered retired on 51 not out, off 31 balls, after hitting nine fours and two sixes, and with fellow opener Kane Munday they put on 77 in just 52 balls.
Munday maintained the momentum to finish with 36 off 27, but they went from 113 for 0 to 137 for 5.
Tommy Hams (22) and teenager Sam Thain (8 not out) put on 29 from the last 22 balls to help Sawston & Babraham finish on 166 for 7.
In reply, Craig Eastlea (29) and Zaif Kulasi (14) put on 43 for the first wicket off 25 balls, but Hams removed both openers on the way to figures of three for 10.
Thain claimed three for 8 and only Ollie Gollop managed to get into double figures as spinners Stafford (one for 12), Matthew Day (two for 5) and Jake Raven (one for 8) administered the last rites to the Worlington innings as they finished 77 runs short.