Burwell & Exning get the better of East Anglian Premier League champions Sudbury
Burwell & Exning (168) pulled off a shock in the East Anglian Premier League on Saturday as they defeated two-time defending champions Sudbury (137) by 31 runs.
The standout home victory – Burwell & Exning’s second of the campaign – has left them eighth in the table, just six points adrift of their weekend opponents in fifth place.
Home skipper Joe Tetley won the toss and opted to bat first at Exning, and while wickets fell at regular intervals, given the wet weather Burwell & Exning still managed to post a competitive total before they were bowled out in 47.5 overs.
Tim Catley, who scored a century on the opening day of the season, top scored with a knock of 44 that included three 6s, while Andrew Bramley (30) and Paul Summerskill (29) also provided useful contributions to the total.
Up against a batting line-up that contained a wealth of Suffolk experience, Burwell & Exning looked to have a job on their hands when it came to mounting a successful defence with the ball.
However, in Sam Rippington they have a county player of their own and the Cambridgeshire bowler ended up with figures of 3-41, which included the key wickets of Suffolk skipper Adam Mansfield (4) and Darren Batch (0).
Andrew Bramley, Josh Arskey and Jay Ghelani also claimed two wickets apiece to help wrap up the win ahead of Saturday’s trip to newly-promoted Saffron Walden, who sit seventh (11am).