CRICKET: Bluntisham boast two table-topping weekends; first 50 for young Archie helps St Ives side to the summit; Ascroft-Walker enjoys two terrific days
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Bluntisham now boast two table-topping Cambs Junior League teams.
Two half-centuries centuries helped the club’s first XI ease to a seventh successive victory in Division One North.
Jonathan Richardson hit 69 and Stuart Cornwell crontributed 67 as the table-toppers triumphed against Fen Ditton by 30 runs.
Bluntisham reached 220 before restricting their visitors to 190-8 in reply as Steve Merry and Howard Mathson grabbed a couple of wickets apiece.
The locals have a two-point cushion over Girton as they bid to climb back into the Cambs Senior League at the first attempt following relegation last season.
And Bluntisham 2nds have also climbed to the summit in Division Five North after triumphing on an afternoon of high drama.
Club chairman Richard Saltmarsh provided a stunning climax by walloping the final ball for six to earn a three-wicket win at March 4ths.
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Bluntisham 2nds were set a target of 208 for victory and still needed four runs from the last delivery, which Saltmarsh launched into orbit.
He finished unbeaten on 37 while Nigel Slack (41) and captain Jon Bowland (36) also provided key scores.
That victory came despite the best efforts of a new St Ives footballer.
Major signing Lewis Hilliard, who is spending his free Saturdays playing cricket, followed up a half-century with five wickets for the March side.
Abbots Ripton saw their promotion challenge in Division Four North dealt a blow by a second defeat of the season.
The villagers went down by 56 runs in a high-scoring clash at Longstanton Grasshoppers 2nds.
James Hyde (62) and Craig Marsh (51) both managed half-centuries as Abbots Ripton were dismissed for 214 when chasing their hosts’ tally of 270-6.
St Ives 3rds endured a miserable afternoon at that level when blown away by 10 wickets at Histon 3rds.
The local lads were skittled for just 54 with tail-ender Steve Joyce (24) providing the majority of the runs. Seven of his team-mates were dismissed for ducks.
But St Ives 2nds are faring much better after climbing to the top of Division Two North.
Sixteen year-old Archie Ablewhite hit a first half-century in senior cricket as they triumphed by 38 runs at Wimblington.
Ablewhite’s 54no and 43 from Andrew Hunter helped the St Ives side reached 168-5 before dismissing their hosts for 130.
Jonny Perring (4-41) and Richard Wells (3-32) were the main men with the ball.
Dominic Ascroft-Walker enjoyed a weekend to savour as he starred on successive days.
The big-hitter produced a boundary-laden century to help Yelling to victory against Barrington in Division Two South last Saturday.
Ascroft-Walker clubbed 10 fours and 11 sixes in an unbeaten 120 which provided more than half of his side’s total of 227-7.
And he then impressed with the ball, bagging 4-26 to help his side wrap up a 29-run success.
Ascroft-Walker was back among the wickets the following day when taking 4-10 for Waresley & Eltisley in a Bedfordshire County League Division Three success against Ampthill Town 2nds.
Needingworth retained second spot in Division One of the Cambs Senior League last Saturday.
Lee Smith hit 92 in a 26-run victory at Weston Colville for Dan Sherlock’s men. They piled up 246-6 before restricting their hosts to 220-7.
But Needingworth bowed out of the Walker Cup 20/20 competition at the quarter-final stage the following day.
They came up short when making 116-8 in pursuit of Fulbourn Institute’s 133-6. Ben Carter top-scored with 48.