Major signing James Sykes enjoyed a five-star return as Godmanchester finally launched their Cambs & Hunts Premier League campaign in fine style.

The Waresley team beaten at Ramsey are, back row, left to right, Charlie Lewis, Jim Keys, Gary Cole, Dominic Farr, Tushaar Garg, Terry Hayden, Chetan Chauhan, front row, Nigel Buckingham-Jones, Steve Warman, John Kendall and Sam Johnson. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONTThe Waresley team beaten at Ramsey are, back row, left to right, Charlie Lewis, Jim Keys, Gary Cole, Dominic Farr, Tushaar Garg, Terry Hayden, Chetan Chauhan, front row, Nigel Buckingham-Jones, Steve Warman, John Kendall and Sam Johnson. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

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.

Waresley bowler Chetan Chauhan sends down a delivery at Ramsey. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONTWaresley bowler Chetan Chauhan sends down a delivery at Ramsey. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

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.

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.

Top-scoring Ramsey batsman Jordon Cafferkey against Waresley. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONTTop-scoring Ramsey batsman Jordon Cafferkey against Waresley. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

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.