CRICKET: Record-breaking innings and a hat-trick on a Saturday afternoon of fantastic feats for Sawtry

Sawtry batsman Glyn Smith is clapped off after a club record innings last Saturday, as hat-trick her

Sawtry batsman Glyn Smith is clapped off after a club record innings last Saturday, as hat-trick hero Hayden Bream (red shorts) leads the applause. - Credit: Archant

Last Saturday afternoon will certainly live long in the memory of those connected to Sawtry Cricket Club - thanks to two magnificent individual feats in the same game.

The local outfit’s crushing 244-run success against Peterborough side Hampton 2nds in Division Three of the Hunts League featured a record innings and a hat-trick.

Opener Glyn Smith thumped a career-best, unbeaten 167 which also eclipsed the previous highest Sawtry individual score of 157, from Jim Davies.

And after Smith’s super exploits helped the villagers pile up a mighty 325-5, Hayden Bream starred with the ball to ensure victory was claimed in style.

Bream, who has also hit a couple of 150-plus scores for the club in the past, starred, bagging 5-23 on this occasion.

It was a return which included the wickets of Ravi Seetaram, Dave McKinley and Simon Dowd in successive balls.

Ian Bonsall also swooped for 3-7 as Sawtry dismissed their hosts for just 81 to enjoy an early start to the celebrations.

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And captain Josh Burgess was unsurprisingly left dishing out the plaudits.

“Glyn’s innings was excellent,” said Burgess. “To bat throughout 45 overs, hit a career best and beat the club record all in one afternoon was a great achievement.

“He got dropped a couple of times, but that’s to be expected during an innings of that length.

“He also got his runs at better than a run-a-ball which is some going in such a long innings.

“Hayden then bowled brilliantly. He was almost unplayable at times and fully deserved his hat-trick, and haul of five wickets. They were two great feats worthy of winning any match so to have both happen in the same game is something we’ll remember for a long time.”

Sawtry look well-placed to mount a challenge for promotion. They sit second in Division Three after winning four of their opening five matches of 2017.