Burwell beaten in low scoring thriller at home against Granta

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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Burwell 102 lost to

Cambridge Granta 104-8

by two wickets

Burwell were beaten in a low scoring thriller by Cambridge Granta in their opening game of the season on Saturday.

Following the washout at Copdock on the first weekend, Burwell finally got their new campaign underway.

A youthful Burwell side were asked to bat first after captain Pete Richer lost the toss, and this decision soon paid dividends for Granta, as Richer was bowled out for eight runs.

Debutant Rick Potter was given out for lbw without scoring and Henry James inexplicably shouldered arms to his first ball which pinned back his middle stump, leaving Burwell in trouble at 8-3.

After Ben Seabrook also departed for a duck, Burwell’s afternoon got slightly better as Ali Allchin and Graham Hume began to repair the innings.

Hume’s knock of 44 was the one bright spot in the innings, which ended with Burwell all out on 102.

Granta found batting equally as difficult, with Hume (4-23) and Allchin (2-33) combining again to remove six batsmen, while Seabrook and Josh Arksey each took a wicket.

But the visitors held firm to get over the line with two wickets to spare.

n Burwell II also lost a close encounter when they took on Saffron Walden in Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Premier League Tucker Gardner Division One on Saturday.

Manish Burman (55) and Dan Jones (47) helped Burwell rack up a score of 222-7, but Walden timed their chase to perfection as they knocked off the winning runs with just three balls to spare at 225-5.

n Exning lost their Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Two opener by one wicket in a nail-biting finish against Ipswich.

Tim Catley (45) helped Exning to a score of 120, but Ipswich reached the target on 124-9 despite the best efforts of Ollie (4-12) and Simon (3-38) Lawson.