MINOR COUNTIES: Big knock from batting pro Ben secures Cambs victory

Lewis Bruce had a fine all-round game for Cambs against Suffolk.
Lewis Bruce had a fine all-round game for Cambs against Suffolk.
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Ben Smith’s superb unbeaten 151 steered Cambridgeshire to a second straight win in the Minor Counties Championship yesterday (July 5).

Cambs were set a formidable 342 to win, but professional Smith’s first sizeable knock for his new county enabled them to get home with five wickets to spare at Copdock.

Skipper Lewis Bruce, the Peterborough Town all-rounder, was unbeaten on 34 when a victory that keeps Cambs in second place in the Eastern Division, was sealed.

Cambs lost opener Pete Richer in the first over of their reply, but Smith, a former first-class cricketer with Leicestershire, put on 70 with Nesan Jeyeratnum (29), 133 with Michael Pepper (65), 88 with Ben Seabrook (39) and 49 with Bruce. Bruce picked up five wickets in the Suffolk first innings.

Wisbech seamer Sam Rippington picked up the last two Suffolk second innings wickets in the morning to mnake it seven victims in the match.

Cambs are next in action against Cumberland in Netherfield, a three-day game that starts on July 17.

Scores: Suffolk 150 (B. Parker 31, J. Cantrell 30, J. Corkwell 29, L. Bruce 5-52, S. Rippington 4-22) & 328 (J. Corkwell 143, T. Huggins 97, S. Rippington 3-47, B. Seabrook 2-29, J. Dawborn 2-54).

Cambs 137 (P. Richer 28, B. Smith 24, M. Salisbury 3-25, M. Wareing 3-47, T. Rash 2-17) & 342-5 (B. Smith 151no, M. Pepper 65, B. Seabrook 39, L. Bruce 34no, N, Jeyeratnum 29).