Cricket Round-Up - June 28/29

East Anglian Premier League FORMER Godmanchester all-rounder Craig Park returned to haunt his old side with a match-winning knock for Cambridge Granta. Park top-scored with 58 not out, hit his former captain Bevis Moynan for six and even took the final ca

East Anglian Premier League

FORMER Godmanchester all-rounder Craig Park returned to haunt his old side with a match-winning knock for Cambridge Granta.

Park top-scored with 58 not out, hit his former captain Bevis Moynan for six and even took the final catch of the Godmanchester innings at The Parks.

Batting first, Godmanchester were grateful to Michael Cafferkey (69) who recorded his best ever knock for the club as the team totalled 185 all out.

With plenty of overs in hand Granta went about their task in a leisurely way and reached the total with four wickets to spare - Park smashing a six to finish the game.

Tucker League 1

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DESPITE posting a respectable 222-4, Ramsey lost at the death against Nassington. Jack Little (76) and James Markland led the way but Nass eased their way to the total for the loss of four wickets and a few balls to spare.

Tucker League 2

WARESLEY gained bragging rights against near-neighbours Eaton Socon with a narrow 18-run win. Batting first, Waresley were indebted to Phil Masdin (59) and Vince Winn (31), who did more than most to dent the Socon bowlers of Simon Cooper (4-56), Az Nawaz (3-45) and Jon Carpenter (3-33).

Socon's reply was steady with David Humphrey (42) and Bob Nicklin (43) leading the way. Wickets fell at key times and Jay Szwajbak (5-32) proved the difference as Waresley took the honours.

Cambs Senior 1 and 2

ST IVES turned on the style against Doddington with a fine 61-run win. Reuan Williams (90) and Simon Jones (74*) once again dominated the bowling as St Ives ran up 211-9. Doddington never came to terms with the ageless Kevin Sequenza (5-28) and were eventually strangled for 150.

Yelling proved the better team against Royston as they restricted the visitors to 180, with Steve Tack (4-55) proving a real handful for the batsmen. Yelling's reply was steady and always in control, with Aaron Johnson's (54*) the mainstay.

Cambs Division 3A

FENSTANTON stay top of the division after a comprehensive six-wicket win at Somersham II. Somersham never came to terms with the bowling of Brett Logue (5-25) as they were dismissed for 89. Fenstanton wasted no time in recording the win as Will Webster (43*) led the charge to victory.

Cambs Division 4A

ST IVES IV seemed to have added something to the mid-innings drinks against visitors Sutton II. The visitors batted first and were in full command at 86-1 but after the drinks break there followed by a major collapse to 127 all out. Dominic Stevens (6-8) benefitted most from the demise of the Sutton batsmen.

St Ives replied through Ian Bryant (31*) and Steve Baxter (26) and it was left to Stevens (20*) to secure the points.

Cambs League Round-Up

Granta II (228-8) bt Godmanchester II (202-9); Castor (201-6) bt Kimbolton (153); Fordham (68-1) bt Bluntisham (67); Isleham (145) lost to Somersham (146-8); Needingworth (194-6) lost to Littleport (215-6); Pymoor (128) lost to St Ives II (268-3); Milton (200-6) bt Elsworth (90); Longstowe (117-9) lost to Cambourne (121-7); Abbots Ripton (62-2) bt March IV (60); Bluntisham II (152-3) bt Bar Hill (148-8); Elsworth II (124) lost to Milton III (171-9); Cambourne II (237-7) lost to Over III (238-6).

Hunts League 1

DEAN were on cruise control against Ramsey II who elected to bat on a greenish topped wicket. Rams struggled to 79-1 by 28 overs, but in an attempt to accelerate the scoring completely lost their way and tumbled to 131 with only Malcolm O'Grady (57) showing batting form. Steve Clark (6-16) and Roy Eady (3-35) proved the Rams' undoing. Andy Johnson (48) and Tom Russell (56*) then wrapped up the points for Dean, who strolled in by nine wickets.

Upwood's visit to Burghley Park resulted in a comfortable win after totalling 206-7 thanks to good contributions from Tom Milner (56), Pieter Hattingh (47) and Joe Mitchell (30). Burghley then lost wickets at regular intervals with Matt Taylor grabbing four to remove the home side for 167.

Huntingdon got the better of Alconbury but only after an early scare. Hunts batted first and lost early wickets but a fine knock by Yaser Safiq (82) put them back on track as they reached 176. Alconbury's batting was even more fragile and only 17-year-old Ryan Tyler (28) showed any ability against the Hunts bowlers led by Hamza Rashid (4-29) and Michael Keating (3-11) as Alconbury crashed for 92.

Hunts League 2

WARESLEY II suffered a big defeat at Wisbech II. Only Jim Keys (44) and Phil Gillett (30) stood firm as Waresley crashed to 133 all out, this after Wisbech II had posted a very respectable 212-6.

Houghton & Wyton's 121 was never likely to be enough against Warboys, with only Tom Waughman (31) and the extras column (31) making telling contributions to the total. The Witches had Richard O'Leary (4-44) to thank for his bowling and then cantered past the post with just two wickets down thanks to a match-winning knock by Ed Blissett (56*)

Hunts League 4

ALCONBURY II nipped out Eaton Socon II for just 64 after Sam Barnard (4-13) returned his best figures to date. Tom Dunn (24) then got to work with the bat to see Alconbury home with six wickets to spare.

On Sunday, Alconbury visited Hampton and looked to be struggling as the home side reached 203-7. Barnard (2-47) was again in the wickets, with Gary Head (3-59) trying to keep the lid on things.

When Alconbury's reply got underway the ground was hit by a torrential downpour and the visitors were set a revised target - Steve Alexander (48) and Roland Amft (49) gave chase and the target was reached with just one ball to spare.

Sawtry II must have felt that their total of 210-8 was enough against Hilton but the visitors had other ideas with Arnie Leader (99*) the cornerstone of a two-wicket win.

Warboys II put up a fight against Castor & Ailsworth but eventually had to accept defeat by 30 runs. Castor's innings was helped by 38 extras in their score of 197-6. The Witches reply was led by Matt Duncan (57) and Ian Simpson (35) but few other batsmen left their mark as the home side fell for 167.

Hunts League 5

HUNTINGDON II made good use of the wicket when they batted first against Warboys III. Jake Moores (72) and Nathan Pond (46) made sure that they reached 224-5 which should have been enough. Ian Trafford (91*) and Dan Wright (65) had other ideas, they picked off runs almost at will and aided by some poor fielding the Witches were worthy winners.

Hunts League Round Up

Orton Park (212-8) bt Sawtry (185); Buckden (150) lost to Godmanchester III (241); Upwood (163) lost to AK XI (199-9); Sawtry II (206-6) lost to Orton Park II (207-6); Buckden II (97) lost to Orton Park II (248-7).

County Match

HUNTS U21s took part in their first Twenty20 game in a challenge match against Nassington and won handsomely.

The very one-sided match saw Hunts accumulate 172 before dismissing the host side for a paltry 53. Ollie Huggins (60) starred with the bat and James Sykes (3-5) was too good for the tail as he mopped up.

Hunts O50s went down to their Northants counterparts by six wickets. Hunts totalled 204-4 with Northants getting home with four wickets to spare.

The U15 County team managed to scramble a draw against Cambridgeshire which was welcome after a string of poor results this season. Cambs looked in full control and declared at 258-6.

The Huntingdonshire innings never gained any momentum and despite a fine knock by KXXXX Hussain (50) they batted out time to end on 136-8 at the close.

In their second game of the week the U15s put up a brave display against Northants before going down by 49 runs. Good bowling by Alex Laud (4-46) helped restrict the Northants side to 197-9 from their 50 overs. Hunts could only find two batsmen to make double figures. The hot bat of Jon Carpenter (82) was well-supported by Taylor West (34) but the other nine batsmen mustered 23 between them to see Hunts dismissed for 148.

Ollie Huggins (58) stood alone amid the debacle of the County U25s' defeat against Lincolnshire, who made their way to 226-6 from their 50 overs.

It proved far too many for the Hunts players who, with the exception of Huggins, seemed to like the confines of the pavilion more than the middle of the wicket.

The innings lasted a mere 32 overs and finished on just 121, leaving manager Hedley Swannell frustrated. He said: "We let them off the hook with some loose bowling and then we compounded our problems with some very poor batting.'

Rutland Leagues

EATON Socon suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Burton Latimer in Division 4. Barry Cavilla (76) gave Socon a real tonic and he was given good support by Terry Day (33). The final total of 196 looked more than reasonable but only Matt Childerley (4-34) caused any real problems to the Burton batsmen as they reached 197-5.

Socon II made the journey to Burton and proved too strong for the home second string. Runs came from all quarters but Tony Reedman (84) and David Donnelly (46) led the way to a closing total of 323-8. Nick Staddon (4-24) got to work with the ball and Reedman (3-12) then bagged a hat-trick to destroy Burton on 189.

Beds Division 3

ONCE again Waresley proved that Division 3 is all too easy as they beat Hexton by 82 runs. Batting first, it was little more than a net for Chris Whitfield (70) and James Collings (70*) as the team ran up 235-6 in their allotted overs. Hexton's batsmen never looked likely to cause the Waresley attack any problems and as they fell for 153.

Junior Cricket

BACK to back U9 games saw Waresley got the better of an ever-improving St Ives side. Waresley made 233-3 in the first encounter with Andrew Jones and Dan Sareth being the pick of the Ives bowlers. In reply Ives fell 20 run short with Jones and Simon Carter the pick of the batsmen.

Jones again batted well in game two supported by Max Cummings but 240-1 was not enough as Waresley made 262-3 with Callum Arnold and Chris Duma amongst the wickets.

Ramsey U15s saw off Alconbury, thanks in no small way to man-of-the-match Dan Malem (93) who was the mainstay in their total of 174-4 - only Will Acton (3-26) got into the batting line up.

Jack Moffatt (22) batted soundly but was the only home batsmen who looked likely to trouble the Rams attack led by Marcus Hutchcraft (3-10).

Cambourne U15s continued their good form with a fine win at Littleport. The total of 124 was the result of good knocks by Nik Patel (68) and Harry Mills (39). Good line and length bowling and some fine fielding then restricted Littleport to 84-8.

Not to be outdone, Cambourne U14s recorded a win against Histon. The Histon total of 73 was far from enough with Abhi Sharma (5-8) proving far too hot for the Histon batsmen. Harry Mills (53*) then starred again to see Cambourne home with five overs to spare.

Warboys U11s posted 215 at Dean but the home side crashed the ball around the ground to record a good win. The U15s did much better with a four-wicket win against Needingworth, who had Josh Simpson (40) to thank for their total of 89-6. Warboys crossed the line with two overs to spare at 93-4. James Trafford (25) and Connor Withers (21) enjoyed time at the crease.