Griffiths leads the way
Burwell & Exning are up to third in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, following Saturday’s triumph over Horsford.
Visiting Horsford managed to score 328-9 from their 64 overs – a target hosting Burwell & Exning reached with just one wicket to spare to seal a dramatic victory.
After visiting skipper Ryan Findlay won the toss and opted to bat first, much of the Horsford innings centred around the performance of opener Chad Bowes (80).
After Luke Findlay was bowled early on by Sam Rippington for eight, Bowes and number three batsman William Rogers took Horsford through to 155 before Jay Ghelani claimed the wicket of Rogers (56).
Ghelani (3-82) went on to take two more wickets and Josh Arskey (4-83) weighed in with four as Burwell & Exning took wickets at regular intervals, but a number of Horsford batsmen made decent contributions.
Captain Ryan Findlay scored 59, while William Bryan (39), Stephen Marillier (28) and Callum Metcalf (27) all helped the scoreboard to keep ticking over.
In reply, it was Tom Griffiths that took charge for Burwell & Exning.
With fellow opener Simon Donald, the pair put on 115 for the first wicket, with Griffiths very much the aggressor of the pairing.
When he was eventually dismissed for 121 runs – caught and bowled by Ryan Findlay – Griffiths had hit 16 fours and five sixes from just 110 deliveries.
The hosts’ cause was also helped by a half century from Andrew Bramley (57), while Tyron Koen’s 41 was also crucial in helping Burwell & Exning to reach their target.
It was left to Arskey (3no) and Nicholas Huckle (6no) to get the team over the line in nervy circumstances and secure a result that has moved them into the top three in the standings with 199 points.
On Saturday, they have the chance to leapfrog Frinton-on-Sea into second spot when they host the Essex side at Exning (11am).
The reverse fixture between the sides back in late April was cancelled due to the wet conditions.
l Matt and Tim Catley starred for Burwell & Exning II (194-8) in their 75-run victory over Abington (119) in the CCA Senior League Division 1.
Matt top-scored with the bat thanks to his knock of 67, while Tim scored 31.
Tim followed that up with an impressive display with the ball, ending his six overs with figures of 4-9.
Like their first-team counterparts, Burwell & Exning are in third spot.