Cricket Round-Up - April 26/27
CRICKET ROUND-UP Hunts League Division 5 A TOTAL of 116 all out posted by Upwood III [bold] proved to be enough to earn victory against Ramsey III [bold] in the sides first match of the season. Only Chris Seymour, 31, who hit three sixes in an over got t
Hunts League Division 5
A TOTAL of 116 all out posted by Upwood III [bold] proved to be enough to earn victory against Ramsey III [bold] in the sides' first match of the season.
Only Chris Seymour, 31, who hit three sixes in an over got to grips with conditions for Upwood but Ramsey fared even worse and were dismissed for 93 with 14-year-old Luke Markland the bowling hero, returning 5-15.
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Great Staughton [bold] fielded seven new players for the visit of Warboys III [bold] in the first game of the year, including Australian batsman Pete French.
Batting first, Staughton struggled on a difficult track and fell to 121 all out. French, 43, and Jonny Brittain, 21, held the innings together.
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Warboys fell into disarray due to some fine bowling by Sam Gibbs (5-19), Dave Oddy (2-5 from six overs) and Curtis Gallagher (2-18) and collapsed to 56 all out.
Tucker League Division 2
Bluntisham [bold] got the season under way with a fine eight wicket-win against Castor and Ailsworth. Inviting the visitors to bat, Mark Turner bowled 16 overs at a cost of only 36 runs and took six wickets in the process as Castor stumbled to 168 all out. In reply, Darren Fordham, 88, and Steve Dighton, 42, put on more than 100 for the opening wicket as Blunty cruised to victory and 25 points.
At Waresley [bold], the home club suffered their second defeat of the season as newcomers Foxton destroyed the home batting line up, reducing them to 41-8. Only a fine knock by Kevin Cole, 27 not out, helped Waresley manage to reach 89 all out. The visitors knocked off the runs comfortably, with Chris Whitfield the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-31.
Kimbolton [bold] made a real hash of things against Khalsa as they tumbled to 110 all out. Only captain Steve Marsh, 22, and Lee Ingram, 20, compiled any runs - and those came from lower middle order. Khalsa showed little mercy by knocking the runs off in fewer than 21 overs.
Hunts League Division 2
Waresley II [bold] visited Wisbech and old stager Pat Ellerbeck (5-49) showed how it should be done with the ball and Wisbech were restricted to 172 all out.
Waresley replied steadily and reached 90-3 before the rot set in. They lost their way and the last seven wickets for the addition of only 26 runs.
Hunts League Division 3
Kimbolton II [bold] gave little away to the Upwood II's [bold] batsmen, who made hard work of scoring 111 all out with Kimbolton bowler Joel Roberts grabbing five wickets. Kim reached the target with eight wickets down in a nervy start to the year.
Hunts League Division 4
Hilton [bold] will hope to forget the start of the season as they visited Castor and Ailsworth II for the first game in the new campaign. Batting first, only Tuddy Frost, 22, made any real contribution and they crashed to 65 all out. The hosts then set about knocking off the runs which they did without losing a wicket.
Orton Park entertained Buckden II [bold]. The game was a real cliff-hanger, with Buckden closing on 143 all out. They chipped away at the Orton batting and looked to be winning the game, but a defiant final pair saw Orton to 144-9.
* The 2008 season is in full swing this weekend with the start of the East Anglian Premier League, where Godmanchester should be one of the favourites for the crown. Hunts League Division One matches start on Saturday and see local rivals Upwood and Sawtry square off.