HUNTS LEAGUE CRICKET: Tuffin helps Upwood give promotion rivals a duffin’; Warboys put promotion bid back on track; Hemingford Park continue rapid rise; football chairman stars at the crease

Cricket coverage from the Hunts Post.

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An unbeaten century from Neil Tuffin fired Upwood into the Hunts League Division Two promotion places last Saturday.

The villagers climbed into third spot with an eight-wicket triumph against second-placed Biggleswade.

Tuffin finished 136no and skipper Mitchell Newman was unbeaten on 50 as Upwood cruised past their visitors’ effort of 236.

Warboys put their Division Three promotion mission back on track with an eight-wicket success at Orton Park 2nds in a shortened clash.

The Peterborough hosts reached 122-4 in the 20/20 contest but Josh England (60no) and Ashley Morris (46no) ensured Warboys eased to victory with two-and-a-half overs to spare.

Third-placed Ramsey 3rds went down by eight wickets at Newborough 2nds but it is a game that will live long in the memory of Jack Hodgson.

The Ramsey youngster hit an unbeaten 49 in his first senior outing at the age of 12 to help his side to 159-6, but that tally proved insufficient.

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Hemingford Park continued their rapid Division Four rise with a fourth win in five games.

Neil McPhee (4-21) and Julian Hale (retired on 61) were their stand-out performers in an eight-wicket romp at Burghley Park 2nds in another 20 overs-per-side game.

Brampton’s recent form at that level is far less inspiring. They have slumped to four successive defeats.

The latest setback came at Peterborough side Werrington last Saturday in somewhat unusual circumstances as Brampton declared at 81-5 only 14 overs into their innings. The home side then cruised to a nine-wicket victory.

A fine display from Jonathan Mews (50 and 3-48) was not enough to prevent Buckden from going down by 96 runs to new Division One leaders AK XI.

Ramsey 2nds came up 23 runs short at second-placed Bharat Sports.

TJ Harding’s fine 4-34 figures helped remove the hosts for 195 before Jacob Castle top-scored with 44 as the Ramsey side reached 172 in reply.

Eaton Socon 2nds went down by four wickets at Orton Park in a 30-over contest but their Development side fared much better the following day when going top of Division Five.

St Neots Town FC chairman Barry Cavilla hit an unbeaten 45 to steer an Eaton Socon side - containing plenty of youngsters and the odd veteran performer - to an eight-wicket triumph against Papworth.