CRICKET: Captain Carpenter crafts a fine century as Eaton Socon continue super start
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Captain Jonny Carpenter hit a century as Eaton Socon continued their successful start to the Cambs & Hunts Premier League season yesterday.
The local club claimed a second consecutive Whiting & Partners Division One victory of 2019 when seeing off Histon by 116 runs at Peppercorn Lane.
Carpenter's fine contribution of 108 - which was put together from 141 balls and featured nine fours - helped Eaton Socon post a commanding 259-4.
Their impressive tally also featured half-centuries from Michael Pickard, who finished unbeaten on 53, and young prospect Ollie Jefferies (52).
Roan Haarhoff (3-24) and Adam Newman (3-27) were then the most successful bowlers as Histon were removed for just 143. Carpenter and Ryan Vale also claimed two wickets apiece.
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But the two other local teams in the top flight are still waiting to taste victory this year.
Godmanchester Town went down to a second successive defeat when beaten by Foxton at The Parks in a rain-affected clash.
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Early wickets from wily master Kevin Clement, James Cowan and overseas recruit Warrick Rhode had the visitors in trouble at 23-3, but they recovered to post 210-7.
And Town never looked like reaching their revised target of 169 despite an exciting innings from skipper James Sykes.
The former Leicestershire man fell one run short of a half-century after hitting five fours and two sixes. Adam Cousins was unbeaten on 34 as Godmanchester finished on 121-6.
And Ramsey were condemned to a third consecutive defeat after being beaten by title favourites Sawston & Babraham for the second time in the opening weeks of the campaign.
They went down by five wickets on the road yesterday after being removed for 139 with middle-order man Matt Duncan (22) and Jon Cade (20) their biggest contributors.
Sawston & Babraham eased past that target with almost 13 overs to spare although there was the consolation of a first Ramsey wicket for Aussie spinner Kevin Carlson.
Another overseas ace announced his arrival in the local game in style yesterday.
South African star Abel Mokhuane made a spectacular start to life at Kimbolton by inspiring them to a second successive Whiting & Partners Division Two victory.
Moukhuane cracked an unbeaten 119 - featuring a staggering 14 fours and seven sixes - off just 58 balls as they eased past Ufford Park by six wickets.
The visitors reached 202-9 but Moukhane carried Kimbolton past that total in just 26.5 overs.
Waresley came up 11 runs short in a thriller at Blunham yesterday - despite the best efforts of Sam Johnson.
He cracked an unbeaten 75 as the local side finished on 162-9 in pursuit of their Bedforshire hosts' posting of 173.
Aussie ace Tim Mulholland, Gary Cole, Nigel Buckingham-Jones Ashwin Reddy and Dan Wood all bagged two wickets as Waresley bowled well.
St Ives & Warboys (away to Cambridge St Giles) and Huntingdon & District (away to Castor & Ailsworth) saw their fixtures cancelled due to wet weather.
Classy contributions with bat and ball helped Eaton Socon 2nds to a first victory in the new Whiting & Partners Division Three.
An unbeaten 85 from Matthew Sharpe and a smart 76 from Ray Tudor set them on the way to a 178-run drubbing of Burwell & Exning 2nds.
Eaton Socon 2nds piled up 285-9 before dismissing their hosts for 107 as Matt Taylor helped himself to a 5-22 haul.
CAMBS & HUNTS PREMIER LEAGUE
Whiting & Partners Division One
EATON SOCON beat HISTON by 116 runs
Eaton Socon 259-4 (J. Carpenter 108, M. Pickard 53no, O. Jefferies 52).
Histon 143 (R. Haarhoff 3-24, A. Newman 3-37).
GODMANCHESTER TOWN lost to FOXTON on run rate
Foxton 210-7 (A. Gupta 3-55).
Godmanchester Town 121-6 (J. Sykes 49, A. Cousins 34no).
SAWSTON & BABRAHAM beat RAMSEY by 5 wkts
Sawston & Babraham 140-5.
Whiting & Partners Division Two
BLUNHAM beat WARESLEY by 11 runs
Waresley 162-9 (S. Johnson 75no).
CAMBRIDGE ST GILES versus ST IVES & WARBOYS cancelled
CASTOR & AILSWORTH versus HUNTINGDON & DISTRICT cancelled
KIMBOLTON beat UFFORD PARK by 6 wkts
Ufford Park 202-9 (H. Atapattu 3-43).
Kimbolton 205-4 (A. Mokhuane 119no).
Whiting & Partners Division Three
BURWELL & EXNING 2NDS lost to EATON SOCON 2NDS by 178 runs
Eaton Socon 2nds 285-9 (M. Sharpe 85no, R. Tudor 76, G. Duff 40).
Burwell & Exning 2nds 107 (M. Taylor 5-22).