CRICKET: Football boss can’t stop Needingworth in tight clash; Richardson stars for table-topping Bluntisham; Edwards in the runs for St Ives side

Ben Carter took four wickets for Needingworth.

Ben Carter took four wickets for Needingworth. - Credit: Archant

Needingworth returned to winning Cambs Senior League ways – despite the best efforts of the Godmanchester Rovers football manager!

The locals held off Fulbourn Institute by seven runs in a tight Division One tussle despite being dismissed for just 129. Ollie Drake, the new Rovers boss, took 4-16 for Fulbourn.

Needingworth had a four-wicket hero of their own as Ben Carter claimed 4-25 before Mo Khurshid claimed the final wicket with his first ball as Fulbourn fell short on 122.

Jonathan Richardson produced a fine all-round performance to keep Bluntisham in pole position in Division One North of the Cambs Junior League.

Richardson top-scored with 48 and bagged 4-44 as his side triumphed at Isleham by 13 runs.

Stuart Cornwell (34) and Alex Merry (4-15) were other noteworthy contributors in a fifth successive victory.

Opener Jon Bowland (42no) carried his bat as Bluntisham 2nds eased to a seven-wicket win against Fen Ditton 2nds in Division Five North.

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Ryan Peel, Nigel Slack, James Arnold and Toby Powell claimed two wickets apiece as they removed the visitors for 101.

An unbeaten 59 from Dominic Ascroft-Walker steered Yelling to a six-wicket win at Wilbrahams in Division One South, while St Ives 2nds climbed into a promotion spot in Division Two North.

Nathaniel Edwards’ quickfire 77 – which included 10 fours and a six, and was his highest score for three years – provided the highlight of a 102-run success against Cambridge NCI 2nds.

A similarly explosive 41no from Andy Hunter helped the locals to 245-7 before NCI 2nds limped to 143-9 in reply.