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.
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.