CAMBS & HUNTS PREMIER LEAGUE CRICKET: Homecoming stars Sykes and Dawborn impress; skipper Carpenter starts with a century; Cafferkey brothers shine
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Major signing James Sykes enjoyed a five-star return as Godmanchester finally launched their Cambs & Hunts Premier League campaign in fine style.
The former Leicestershire spinner helped himself to 5-12 as Town made light work of newly-promoted Kimbolton in both sides’ Whiting & Partners Division One opener.
Amit Gupta (82) was the star turn with the bat as Godmanchester reached 230-8 despite a 5-38 return from Kimbolton debutant Hewa Atapattu. Sykes then did much of the damage as 10-man Kimbolton were skittled for just 73.
There was another impressive homecoming from a local lad as Eaton Socon also enjoyed a winning start to the campaign.
Pace ace Joe Dawborn helped himself to four wickets to help his side see off March by 148 runs at Peppercorn Lane.
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Captain Jonny Carpenter earlier starred with the bat as Eaton Socon piled up 278-5. His innings of 101 included 13 fours and a six.
He also featured in a 103-run opening partnership with Matt Pateman (54) while hot prospect Ollie Jefferies fell just four runs short of a half-century of his own. The 13 year-old later mopped up the March tail as his spin earned the final wickets.
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Before then Dawborn (4-21) and new overseas recruit Wade Lezar (3-45) dismantled the March batting order.
The visitors were reeling at 42-7 before showing some stubborn resistance which was eventually ended by Jefferies.
Ramsey eased to a first victory of the summer by seeing off Waresley by 91 runs at Cricketfield Lane.
Brothers Jordon (85) and Michael (4-57) Cafferkey were the pick of the performers for the successful hosts.
Ramsey posted a sizable 274-8 – which also featured a quickfire 45 from new Aussie recruit Jake Towerton - before restricting their visitors to 183-9.
It was a miserable day for the two local sides in Whiting & Partners Division Two.
St Ives were swept aside by nine wickets by Castor & Ailsworth after being skittled for just 74. Only three batsman made it into double-figures with Sam Buck (25) a clear top-scorer on a day to forget.
Huntingdon & District came up short with the bat for the second time this season when falling to an 81-run defeat at the hands of Ufford Park.
Captain Navid Ahmed and overseas player Graham Hudson claimed three wickets apiece as they restricted the visitors to 195-8 at St Peters Road.
But Huntingdon & District could manage just 114 in reply when being dismissed in the 32nd over.
CAMBS & HUNTS PREMIER LEAGUE
Whiting & Partners Division One
EATON SOCON beat MARCH by 148 runs
Eaton Socon 278-5 (J. Carpenter 101, M. Pateman 54, O. Jefferies 46).
March 130 (J. Dawborn 4-21, W. Lezar 3-45).
GODMANCHESTER TOWN beat KIMBOLTON by 157 runs
Godmanchester Tn 230-8 (A. Gupta 82, J. Wesson 42, M. Durrant 34, J. Cowan 32, H. Atapattu 5-38).
Kimbolton 73 (J. Sykes 5-12).
RAMSEY beat WARESLEY by 91 runs
Ramsey 274-8 (J. Cafferkey 85, J. Towerton 45, M. Cafferkey 36, J. Cade 35, J. Keys 3-49).
Waresley 183-9 (C. Lewis 38, M. Cafferkey 4-57).
Whiting & Partners Division Two
HUNTINGDON & DISTRICT lost to UFFORD PARK by 81 runs
Ufford Park 195-8 (N. Ahmed 3-34, G. Hudson 3-47).
Huntingdon & District 114.
ST IVES lost to CASTOR & AILSWORTH by 9 wkts
St Ives 74.
Castor & Ailsworth 75-1.