Captains star for Eaton Socon and Waresley; unbeaten Ramsey take over in top spot; Godmanchester slip to first defeat
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Two high-scoring captains came to the fore to earn notable Tucker Gardner League Division One results for their teams yesterday.
Jonny Carpenter cracked 107 to lead Eaton Socon to a 68-run triumph against a Wisbech side who arrived at Peppercorns Lane on top-of-the-table and in possession of a perfect record.
That was soon ended, though, as Carpenter, fellow opener Tom Banks (41), Matt Pateman (33) and Ray Tudor (32no) helped Eaton Socon to an imposing 268-5.
Ben Gowling (5-28) then starred with the ball as Wisbech were dismissed for 200, leaving the locals to celebrate a third victory in their opening four games of their debut Division One season.
Jake Allcock was another skipper to lead by example as Waresley claimed their first victory of the summer.
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Allcock smashed 128 from just 81 balls – a mighty knock in which more than 100 of his runs arrived in boundaries thanks to 17 fours and six sixes – to inspire his side to a 60-run triumph at Burwell 2nds.
Waresley piled up 316-8 despite being in trouble at 65-4 early on. A terrific fifth-wicket stand of 170 between Allock and Sam Johnson, who fell a couple of runs short of a half-century, put them in charge.
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The runs continued to flow as Burwell 2nds gave chase, but they eventually ended up well short of their target. Nigel Buckingham-Jones was the pick of the Waresley bowlers with 4-24 while Alex Watkiss’ 2-67 included the valuable scalp of centurion Matthew Hague. Allcock also claimed two wickets.
Ramsey climbed into top spot yesterday as they bid to regain a title they last won in 2014.
Michael Cafferkey’s men eased to a 64-run success against Blunham at Cricketfield Lane.
Opener Kasim Ikhlaq top-scored with 62 while overseas ace Blake Mills added a valuable 43 further down the order as Ramsey posted 263-8.
And seven different wicket-takers helped them close out a fourth successive victory as Blunham were dismissed for 199.
Mark Edwards (3-35) ripped through the Blunham batting while captain Cafferkey (2-36) claimed a couple of lower-order victims before Mills finished the job with his first ball.
Reigning champions Godmanchester suffered their first defeat of the season when going down to unbeaten Saffron Walden by 16 runs.
Simon Rose and Jarryd Phillips both bagged two wickets as they restricted the visitors to 180-8 at The Parks, but a target that looked well within reach proved to be beyond Godmanchester.
They recovered from 40-4 to 149-5 thanks to a fine fifth-wicket stand from Phillips, who was dismissed for 49, and Matt Durrant, who went on to make 70.
But his eventual departure was quickly followed by those of tail-enders Russel Withey and Chris Loades as Godmanchester were dismissed for 164.
Indian off-spinner Niraj Odedra proved their chief tormentor as he took 5-5 from nine fine overs.
South African import Ruben Claassen continued a fine start to his Kimbolton career in Tucker Gardner League Division Two yesterday.
Claassen took 4-9 after being one of only two batsmen to make it into double-figures during a low-scoring 34-run success against Sawston & Babraham.
Kimbolton were skittled for 96 with Claassen (29) and Simon Lambert (37) providing the vast majority of that tally.
But it proved enough to secure a third win of the season as Claasen and Chris Gilthorpe (4-21) shone with the ball.
An unbeaten 58 from Tom McCarthy steered St Ives to victory.
They had no trouble in easing past a modest target of 111 when beating Ufford Park by seven wickets.
Shaun Asplin, Faisal Khaliq, Ryan Withers and Kevin Sequenza had all taken two wickets apiece to remove the visitors cheaply.
Warboys proved too strong for Huntingdon & District in a 40-run derby win.
Overseas ace Adam Fahey hit an unbeaten 62 to lead Warboys to 201-8 before they dismissed their struggling visitors for 161 thanks to some fine bowling from James Trafford (4-19) and Liam Gaynor (3-22).
TUCKER GARDNER LEAGUE
BURWELL 2NDS lost to WARESLEY by 60 runs
Waresley 316-8 (J. Allcock 128, S. Johnson 48).
Burwell 2nds 256-8 (N. Buckingham-Jones 4-24).
EATON SOCON beat WISBECH by 68 runs
Eaton Socon 268-5 (J. Carpenter 107, T. Banks 41, M. Pateman 33, R. Tudor 32no).
Wisbech 200 (B. Gowling 5-29).
GODMANCHESTER lost to SAFFRON WALDEN by 16 runs
Saffron Walden 180-8.
Godmanchester 164 (M. Durrant 70, J. Phillips 49).
RAMSEY beat BLUNHAM by 64 runs
Ramsey 263-8 (K. Ikhlaq 62, B. Mills 43, M. Cafferkey 37).
Blunham 199 (M. Edwards 3-35).
KIMBOLTON beat SAWSTON & BABRAHAM by 34 runs
Kimbolton 96 (S. Lambert 37).
Sawston & Babraham 62 (R. Claassen 4-9, C. Gilthorpe 4-21).
ST IVES beat UFFORD PARK by 7 wkts
Ufford Park 111.
St Ives 112-3 (T. McCarthy 58no).
WARBOYS beat HUNTINGDON & DISTRICT by 40 runs
Warboys 201-8 (A. Fahey 62no).
Huntingdon & District 161 (J. Trafford 4-19, L. Gaynor 3-22).