Cricket Round-Up - Aug 16/17

East Anglian Premier League A NIGHTMARE batting performance from Godmanchester saw them crash to their worst-ever EAPL result against Horsford. Only Oliver Huggins (48) showed any real fight and 18-year-old Horsford bowler Michael Scarff (6-13) — playing

East Anglian Premier League

A NIGHTMARE batting performance from Godmanchester saw them crash to their worst-ever EAPL result against Horsford.

Only Oliver Huggins (48) showed any real fight and 18-year-old Horsford bowler Michael Scarff (6-13) - playing only his second EAPL game - must have been surprised how easy it was.

The Godmanchester batsmen were all back in the pavilion after just 32 overs and Horsford had little trouble in reaching the required target in 39 overs with the loss of just one wicket.

Hunts Division 1

A DOMINANT display saw Dean reverse the form book to thrash title-chasing Newborough by eight wickets.

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Tom Russell (2-16) bowled 12 tidy overs and two slick stumpings by Daniel Czaicki, - bringing his season's tally to 13 - left the Newborough lower order to struggle to a score of 153-7.

Russell (64) and Andy Johnson (42) then made sure of a quick-fire start for the home side and it was left to Shalinder Singh (32*) to see Dean to a comfortable victory.

Alconbury grabbed a much needed-win against a weak Ramsey II. Visitors Ramsey were invited to bat and apart from Nick Kay (41*) never came to terms with the bowling attack of Gary Cole (3-30) and Richard Ewing (3-12).

Their 117 all out failed to trouble the Alconbury batsmen and Paul Suckling (69*) steered the side to a valuable win.

Nomi Khan (70) was in fine form with the bat for Huntingdon against Upwood and Roger Black (47) scored important lower order runs to get Huntingdon to 199 all out. Nick Page (4-37) was once again on the spot with his bowling as Upwood lost three wickets early on, but Pieter Hattingh (51) gave them a platform which John Paxton (73) and Neil Tuffin (26*) gladly accepted to guide the side home to 200-6.

Hunts Division 3

EATON Socon lifted themselves to the top of the league with a solid performance against Kimbolton II. They ran up 154-9 batting first with Bob Nicklin (42) and then proceeded to squeeze the life out of the Kim batting line up. Joe Dawborn (4-27) and Matt Nicholson (4-19) made sure of the points for Socon.

Hunts Division 4

HILTON were involved in yet another tight finish, this time with Sawtry II. Hilton batted first but at 65-4 the visitors looked in charge. Father and son Arnie and Tom Leader then took charge and led the home side's recovery to 182 all out, even though Chris Baker (6-34) bowled well throughout.

Tom Parker (37) and Sam Journee (55) put on 101 for the visitors, but Frazer Leader (5-19) secured his side victory..

Hunts Division 5

ON a damp wicket, Ramsey invited Brampton to bat and only Andy Canham (27) was able to cope with the two-pronged attack of Damien Clark (5-17) and Mark Smith (4-10) as Brampton were humbled for just 98.

The wicket still aided the bowlers after the break and Ramsey were made to struggle to 99-8 with home bowler Duncan McGregor (5-28) once again on the spot. Dan Maley (32) and Jack Little (29) managed to see Rams home.

Rest of Hunts League Results

Sawtry (221-8) lost to Barnack (224-4); Nassington II (132-3) bt Buckden (131); Godmanchester III (220-8) bt Perkins (157); Ufford Park (274-8) bt Waresley II (189-7); Warboys (134-8) lost to Old Eastonians (210-7).

Cambs Leagues

IN Tucker One Godmanchester II struggled against an accurate Ramsey attack that had Grant De Kock (4-34) and Dave Carlaw (3-25) in fine form.

The final total of 164 owed much to the middle order led by Matthew Davis-Binge (36) but looked a below-par total.

Ramsey began their innings well with Damien Clark (55) and Jack Little (30) giving a great base that saw Leighton Gilbert (31) take them over the line.

Kimbolton rattled up 253-5 against Eaton Socon and it was almost a one-man show as Mike Pollard (170*) went on a one-man demolition job of the Socon bowlers.

An early declaration gave Socon a chance to chase runs and Jon Carpenter (47) made a good contribution but Socon closed on 125-6 for a draw.

Castor posted 150-9 against Waresley but never managed to get the better of Jay Szwajbak (6-36). In reply, the visitors needed all their resources to pinch a win and Daniel Szwajbak (40*) held the lower order together to bring home the points.

Dominic Walker (80) was run out after leading from the start for Yelling (192-5) against Cottenham, but the opposition had other ideas and although Steve Tack (3-30) tried to nail down the home batsmen, they scraped over the line at 196-9.

St Ives III took the bragging rights against Fenstanton after struggling with the bat early on. Michael Hunt (41) and Neil Ewart (34) did more than most to see a score of 143 posted with Fenstanton's Mahmood Yakub taking (3-37).

Mark Everest (37) and Fraser Smith (34) scoring well for Fenny but they fell two runs short after Steve Joyce (3-22) starred.

Abbots Ripton eased a step nearer promotion as they got the better of Bluntisham II, who struggled to 130 all out. Ripton, led by Tom Lloyd (31) and Lee Smith (37), wasted little time in reaching 134-5 in 26 overs.

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Adington (171-9) drew with Bluntisham (214-7); St Giles (148-6) bt St Ives (145-9); Somersham (195-6) bt Needingworth (125); Elsworth (61) bt St Giles II (73); Coton (66) lost to Cambourne (173); Cherry Hinton II (108-7) bt Elsworth II (107); Cambourne II (106) lost to NCICC V (148-9).

Cranfield Cup

ELTISLEY, Dean and Kimbolton will contest the three-way final in the Cranfield Cup at Buckden CC on August 31, starting at 12.30pm.

Kimbolton squeezed past Alconbury and Buckden in the final round of matches, with Buckden (88-2) beating Alconbury's (86-4) thanks to Richard Harris (53*).

Kimbolton (104-1) then defeated Buckden (103-8) and although Kim (105-6) then lost the final game against Alconbury (108-5), they had done enough.

In the final group, Eltisley (159-3) saw off the young Alconbury side, JACKs (103-3) with Eddie Relihan (74*) starring.

Warboys (103-6) then lost out to JACKs (104-4) before losing to finalists Eltiseley in the final game despite knocks from Daniel Wright (67*) and Dominic Walker (25).

n The AGM for the both the Coote and Cranfield Cup Competitions will be held on September 30 at 7.30pm at Warboys CC. Clubs wishing to enter the 2009 competitions should contact 01480 890083 before August 31 for details.

County Youth Match

ONCE again the weather played an important part when the U17s met Shropshire at St Ives. Only 10 overs of play were possible on day one and Shropshire lost two wickets but day two saw them reach 180.

James Sykes (5-51) bowled with good control to give the Hunts lads a real chance. The visitors had other ideas and only James Biddle (63) looked comfortable as Hunts were bowled out 140.

Rutland League

EATON Socon struggled to 136-8 against Burton Latimer, who knocked off the required runs with few scares.