Agonising defeat for Eaton Socon
Action from around the county over the past week
THERE was an agonising five-run defeat for Eaton Socon at home against Warboys in Hunts 1 on Saturday.
Having been put into bat, the visitors posted 216-8 from their 45 overs with opener Ryan Humphrey getting 86 before he was bowled by Adam Newman, who finished with figures of 4-51.
In reply, Eaton got off to a good start with opening pair Terry Day (40) and Bob Nicklin (50) putting on 80 for the first wicket.
But, despite the best efforts of Tony Reedman (43), Eaton ended their innings also eight wickets down, but five runs short of Warboys.
Alex Grange and Connor Withers both took three wickets for the visiting side.
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Meanwhile in Rutland 2, Eaton Socon returned to winning ways with a six-wicket success against Nassington.
Matt Childerley starred with both bat and ball for Socon, collecting 3-35 in Nassington’s 168, before ending unbeaten on 33 – with Ryan Brown’s unbeaten 57 seeing them home.
YELLING followed up on their home win over City of Ely last week with a comfortable eight-wicket victory at Milton in CCA Senior 2.
Steve Tack (3-20) was the pick of the Yelling bowlers as they reduced the hosts to 140 all out before knocking off the runs for the loss of just two wickets, Marc Petzer ending unbeaten on 49.
A FOUR-WICKET haul for Harry Spittle (4-11) was the highlight for Warboys U13s in their low-scoring encounter at Orton Park in Hunts County Youth League Regional North last Tuesday.
The home side got 95 from their 20 overs while Warboys scored 69 from their allotted time at the crease.
SURVIVAL prospects in Division 3B of the Cambs Junior League look bleak for Fenstanton after a heavy defeat to fellow strugglers Romsey Town.
Deciding to bowl first on a placid patch with a lightning-quick outfield, the Fenny attack were guilty of too many leg-side deliveries as the home batsmen cantered along at nearly eight-an-over, with only Mahmood Yakub exerting the necessary control.
The visitors’ frustration grew as several airborne deliveries dropped agonisingly short of the waiting fieldsmen.
Ironically once the ball did start to carry, Fenstanton were guilty of some shocking drops and once again found themselves facing a daunting target, this time 255.
Mike Piaggesi contributed a captain’s innings of 60 – to go with his previous knocks of 66 and 62 – and put on 64 with Sean Gifford for the fourth wicket after the rest of the top-order had succumbed cheaply.
But it was only some late order boundaries that saw Fenny up to a vaguely respectable – but totally – insufficient 151.
With a blank fixture next weekend, Fenstanton have the time to work on the basics ahead of what has rapidly become a season of struggle.
A HEAVY 142-run defeat was handed down to Ramsey thirds at home by Brampton in Hunts 4 last weekend.
The hosts were left to rue their decision to put Brampton into bat after an excellent opening partnership between Andy Canham (97) and Andy Pegram (41) saw the visitors to 106 before losing their first wicket.
Good supporting knocks from Andy Watts and Ian Purser pushed Brampton to a large total of 260-6 off 45 overs, although some good bowling from Tom Gaskell (4-41) meant they had to work hard for their runs.
Solid opening spells from Andy Watts and Peter Boardman limited Ramsey to 42- 2 off their opening 16 overs.
A well crafted and patient innings by Matt Page (63) stabilised the Ramsey innings, but excellent spells from Jordan Blackmon, John Parker and Gary Farmer-Wright reduced Ramsey to 118 all out off 39 overs.
The pick of the Brampton bowlers was Blackmon, who took four crucial wickets.
GODDY’S reign at the top in Tucker 1 lasted just seven days as Ramsey left the Parks with local bragging rights after a comfortable eight-wicket victory.
Chetan William’s half century for Godmanchester was the highest individual score of the match, but it was not enough with none of the home bowlers able to make any impression.
Taylor West (4-14) starred with the ball for the visitors and was also at the crease at the end as his unbeaten 18 – coupled with 49 not out from opener Damian Clarke – saw Ramsey home for the loss of just two wickets. Travis Townsend (40) also contributed.
In junior action, Goddy’s U15s scored their first win of the season against neighbours Huntingdon at the Parks on a difficult blustery evening last Thursday.
Huntingdon opted to bat first and were immediately put under pressure by the opening bowling pair of captain Charlie Ibbotson and Sebastian Doyle, with only six runs being scored and three wickets falling in the first four overs.
Godmanchester’s penetrating and accurate bowling continued to trouble the Huntingdon batsman, with spinners Josh Hutting and Alec Bryden both picking up three wickets each, and only Fergus Moran managing to reach double figures.
The Huntingdon bowlers were always going to struggle to defend such a low total though both the bowlers used, Jonny Wrycraft and James Thackray, both managed to bag a wicket each.
Godmanchester’s opening batsman Tom Brown then steered the team to victory with a top score of 23 runs.
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AN UNBEATEN knock of 94 from Robert Milne guided Huntingdonshire Cricket Board’s over 50s to a convincing eight-wicket win against their Lincolnshire counterparts in the ECB 50+ competition at Wisbech last Wednesday.
Lincolnshire, who were put into bat after losing the toss, posted 199-8 after their 45 overs, restricted thanks to some tight bowling, particularly from Kevin Clement.
Superb batting by Milne, aided in partnerships with captain Nick Andrews (50) and Barry Morris (34no) saw Hunts home, finishing on 201-2.
Hunts’ next game in Group 2 is this afternoon (Wednesday) against Cambridgeshire Cricket Board’s over-50s at Foxton.
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