CAMBS & HUNTS PREMIER LEAGUE CRICKET: Captain confident Huntingdon & District can find a winning formula

Huntingdon & District, pictured ahead of their defeat against Thriplow last Saturday are, back row,

Huntingdon & District, pictured ahead of their defeat against Thriplow last Saturday are, back row, left to right, Freddie Khan, Sheroon Imran, Waqas Mahmud, Sheraz Ali, Samir Ali Khan, Martin Burton, front row, Graham Hudson, Faisal Javed, Navid Ahmed, Kaif Iqbal and Craig Leigh. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

Captain Navid Ahmed believes Huntingdon & District’s wait for a first win of the Cambs & Hunts Premier League season will end sooner rather than later.

The town side find themselves in the Whiting & Partners Division two relegation zone after failing to win any of their three completed matches so far in 2018.

Ahmed’s men were skittled for just 55 in a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Thriplow at St Peters’ Road last Saturday.

“It’s true that we’ve had a tough start,” said Ahmed, who succeeded Craig Leigh as skipper ahead of this season. “We weren’t expecting it, but I guess that is why we love the game of cricket!

“The weather hasn’t helped and we’ve struggled to get settled, but I firmly believe we are not far away from winning.

“We were going great guns at 155-1 in our abandoned game at Saffron Walden 2nds recently so we know we do have the batting calibre required for this league.

“It only takes one win to change the morale in the camp and I’m hopeful it will happen this weekend.”

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Huntingdon & District are on home turf again this Saturday when hosting bottom side Great Shelford in an early-season basement battle.

St Ives have also found life tough following relegation from Whiting & Partners Division One and were beaten heavily last Saturday.

Jack Haycock’s men went down by a whopping 249 runs at Cambridge Granta 2nds after being unable to prevent their hosts from piling up a mighty 350-5.

St Ives, who haven’t won since the opening day of the campaign, were knocked over for just 101 in reply with 13 year-old Jack Ranganathan offering the most resistance as he made 29.

Haycock said: “We’re struggling for availability at the moment with a couple of our main players still at university and a few others on holiday. We do need to improve in all areas but I’m not overly worried.”