CAMBS & HUNTS PREMIER LEAGUE CRICKET: Fabulous Faisal and captain Jack star with centuries in Division Two, while Eaton Socon triumph but lose ground in Division One title race
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Fantastic Faisal Javed continued his red-hot form as Huntingdon & District ended an impressive Cambs & Hunts Premier League winning streak by the narrowest of margins last Saturday.
Javed hit a second century in as many Whiting & Partners Division Two outings to inspire the town team to victory against table-topping Cambridge Granta 2nds by just one run.
The Granta side had reeled off 10 wins in a row after also losing the reverse fixture to Huntingdon & District at the beginning of June and Navid Ahmed’s men came out on top again in a St Peters Road thriller.
Former Spalding man Javed was responsible for 117 of his side’s 214 total which proved to be just enough as skipper Ahmed spun his way to 4-48 with the ball.
Huntingdon & District’s success was sealed by a spectacular catch from Sheraz Ali as big-hitting Granta man Zaman Akhter was dismissed for 51 off the bowling of Waqas Mahmud just as he looked set to win the game.
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Skipper Jack Haycock was another opener to reach three figures at that level as St Ives climbed into second place by beating the team who started the day in that position.
Haycock carried his bat for 103 – a first century at first-team level which featured 16 boundaries – as his the local side cruised to success by eight wickets against Cambridge St Giles after restricting their visitors to 192-9.
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St Ives trail leaders Cambridge Granta 2nds by 32 points and have also completed one more game than the pacesetters.
Eaton Socon reeled off a fourth successive Whiting & Partners Division One win, but still lost ground in the title race.
The third-placed locals eased to a six-wicket triumph against Histon when eclipsing their visitors’ posting of 178-9.
Opening duo Jonny Carpenter (61) and Matt Pateman (55) did much of the work in the successful chase as they put on 127 for the first wicket.
But a failure to bowl out Histon proved costly with Eaton Socon having to settle for 25 points on a day when joint leaders Saffron Walden and Sawston & Babraham both collected the maximum 30 available.
Eaton Socon now trail those two sides by 31 points, but do still boast a game in hand which will be played on Bank Holiday Monday.
Sawston & Babraham made light work of rock-bottom locals Kimbolton last Saturday. They removed the strugglers for just 101 before sealing an eight-wicket victory.
Godmanchester Town cemented their position in the top half of the Division One standings by winning at second-bottom Waresley.
Town prevailed by 21 runs after successfully defending their posting of 166 which featured a largest contribution of 34 from Amit Gupta.
Spinner James Sykes led the way with the ball when claiming 4-27 and Godmanchester would have got rid of their hosts sooner but for the late resistance of Gary Cole, who cracked an unbeaten 32 off 28 balls.
The Town bowling was opened by players 50 years apart in age as young Ethan Rice (13) captured his first wicket at this level while veteran Kevin Clement claimed his first Division One victims since 2014 with 2-33.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
CAMBS & HUNTS PREMIER LEAGUE
Whiting & Partners Division One
EATON SOCON beat HISTON by 6 wkts
Histon 178-9 (J. Carpenter 3-28, J. Dawborn 3-33).
Eaton Socon 181-4 (J. Carpenter 61, M. Pateman 55).
KIMBOLTON lost to SAWSTON & BABRAHAM by 8 wkts
Sawston & Babraham 103-2.
WARESLEY lost to GODMANCHESTER TOWN by 21 runs
Godmanchester Tn 166 (A. Gupta 34, C. Chauhan 3-34).
Waresley 145 (G. Cole 32no, J. Sykes 4-27).
Whiting & Partners Division Two
HUNTINGDON & DISTRICT beat CAMBRIDGE GRANTA 2NDS by 1 run
Huntingdon & District 214 (F. Javed 117).
Cambridge Granta 2nds 213 (N. Ahmed 4-48).
ST IVES beat CAMBRIDGE ST GILES by 8 wkts
Cambridge St Giles 192-9.
St Ives 196-2 (J. Haycock 103no).