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Super Saints duo rewrite the record books with stunning stand to set up best-ever win

PUBLISHED: 11:30 08 June 2018

Ben Greenwood and Colin Yeomans celebrate their record stand for St Andrews

Ben Greenwood and Colin Yeomans celebrate their record stand for St Andrews

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St Andrews enjoyed a record-breaking day against Great Baddow thirds as they made it five wins from five in T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Six.

Put into bat, they lost new signing Zack Phillips cheaply with only eight runs on the board.

But Colin Yeomans then joined Ben Greenwood in the middle and the pair set about putting away a host of loose deliveries.

The scoreboard was soon ticking over, with Saints reaching the drinks break at 130-1 and neither batsman looked troubled after the restart.

Yeomans was first to his half-century and reached three figures from just 81 balls, before racing on to reach 150 before Greenwood had brought up his own hundred off 104 deliveries.

Having hit nine sixes and 19 fours to reach 168 off 119 balls – the fourth highest score in club history – Yeomans was bowled to end a record 269-run partnership.

He was soon followed back to the pavilion by Dan Butlin, but Greenwood ended 136 not out after hitting three sixes and 18 fours as Saints piled up their second-highest total of 333-3.

Butlin held on to a catch at gully from the second ball of the Great Baddow reply to give Graham Street an early breakthrough and Greenwood took another chance off the bowling of Josh Phillips after only 17 runs had been scored in a 12-over spell.

Graham Street (3-14) won two lbw decisions, before Yeomans got in on the act and Phillips took a return catch off his own bowling.

Alan Street (3-18) then came into the attack and claimed three scalps, thanks to catches from his namesake, Rob Newman and Butlin, who ended the innings from the next ball with a run out as Baddow were dismissed for 132 in 43 overs.

And Street said: “Not bad for a team that ‘can’t bat!’.

“It’s fair to say the bowling helped but you still have to score the runs and we’ve been getting out to that kind of bowling for years now, so it’s obviously very pleasing to have two people cash in when it was on offer.

“It’s our highest-winning margin whilst batting first and also the first time we’ve had two centuries in one innings. We’re not so sure if as many people will be asking us to bat first now.”

Saints have a 24-point lead at the top of the table and host Noak Hill Taverners, who lost by 57 runs to Danbury, this weekend.

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