CRICKET: Big-hitting Darren Fordham’s best-ever score sends Bluntisham to the summit

Bluntisham batsman Darren Fordham in action.

Bluntisham batsman Darren Fordham in action. - Credit: Archant

Darren Fordham thumped the biggest score of his career to fire Bluntisham to the Cambs Junior League summit.

Fordham hit 134 off just 99 balls as the new leaders claimed a 63-run triumph against Littleport Town in Division One North last Saturday.

Fordham’s power-packed innings (which featured 17 fours and three sixes) and a half-century from Steve Dighton (58) helped the locals to 273-5 before they restricted Littleport to 210-7 in reply. Howard Mathson bagged 3-31.

There was double-cause for celebration as Bluntisham 2nds sampled success on the field for the first time in 2017.

Will Ellis produced an unbeaten 56 to guide his side to a three-wicket win at Cherry Hinton 2nds in Division Five North as they crept past a home posting of 147-7. Bluntisham 2nds’ two previous victories this summer had come in conceded matches.

Captain Jonny Perring hit an unbeaten 50 as St Ives 2nds breezed to a nine-wicket success against Leverington in Division Two North, while Abbots Ripton returned to winning ways in Division Four North.

Ricky Masters’ (37no) steered the villagers to a five-wicket success after they dismissed Isleham 2nds for 153.

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James Baldock hit 40 and Mo Khurshid claimed 3-29 as Needingworth 2nds went down by four wickets to Cambridge NCI 4ths at that level, while St Ives 3rds came up 142 runs short at Longstanton Grasshoppers. The locals reached 200-5 in reply to a huge 342-2 from their hosts.

A three-match winning streak came to an end for Yelling in Division One South.

Jack Crawley’s smart 75 was not enough to prevent a four-wicket defeat at the hands of Audley End & Littlebury as Yelling saw their tally of 169-9 eclipsed.

Needingworth were on the receiving end of a heavy Cambs Senior League defeat.

The locals crashed by 196 runs at Thriplow when being skittled for 119 in pursuit of a monster effort of 315-6 from the hosts.

Captain Dan Sherlock (53) and Lee Smith (41) were the only Needingworth batsmen to reach double-figures on a day when five players were dismissed for ducks.