Cricket Round-Up - June 21/22

POOR weather on Friday night and in the early hours of Saturday morning decimated much of Saturday s cricket, but most clubs were back in action by Sunday. East Anglian Premier League DAVID McCallum s five-for left Godmanchester just one wicket away fr

POOR weather on Friday night and in the early hours of Saturday morning decimated much of Saturday's cricket, but most clubs were back in action by Sunday.

East Anglian Premier League

DAVID McCallum's 'five-for' left Godmanchester just one wicket away from an historic victory on their visit to Swardeston - the unbeaten league leaders.

Having lost the toss Godmanchester were asked to bat under grey, threatening skies and their innings was interrupted two long stoppages as the rain clouds rolled through.

Undeterred, the Goddy batsmen built a solid score with Ollie Huggins (36) adding 73 for the second wicket with Matt Pateman (92).

Pateman was then joined by Michael Cafferkey (40) for a stand of 96. A quick dash for runs at the end saw the visitors reach a respectable 216-6 from 48 overs.

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The home side were left with 38 overs to chase down the total and began in positive mood. Rob Newton (22) faced only 18 balls before being run out and John Cooper (36) and Richard Sims (59*) looked to be cruising to a win.

The in-form McCallum (5-39) had other ideas and together with Praneeth Jayasundera (3-67) turned the tide in Goddy's favour.

Such was McCallum's hold on the game he at one stage had taken five wickets in 18 balls at a cost of just eight runs.

With Swardeston's hopes of their sixth win in just seven games now out of the window it was left to Simms to see things out for a draw as they closed on 159-9.

County Matches

A GOOD knock by two Godmanchester youngsters saved Huntingdonshire some blushes when they met the Army at Colchester.

Wayne Bradley (42) and Ollie Huggins (37) batted soundly and sensibly but there was little joy for the rest of the team as they scratched round to total 166-9 from 50 overs. The Army always appeared in control although good bowling from Praneeth Jayasundera (4-22) and Bradley (2-14) always kept Hunts interested.

Eventually the Army reached the required total with two overs and two wickets to spare.

Huntingdonshire U15s lost to Norfolk on Sunday. which saw their second consecutive county match defeat this season.

Put into bat, Hunts looked to be flying as Jon Carpenter (62) chiselled out a responsible innings and was ably supported by Taylor West (55) in a second wicket stand of 126. However, once both fell in quick succession the last seven wickets collapsed for a mere 13 runs.

The total of 151 never looked top be enough to trouble Norfolk but to the Hunts bowlers' credit they made sure the visitors never looked comfortable and Norfolk finally got home with three wickets to spare.

Huntingdonshire U13 Girls won a close match against Suffolk at Houghton. Suffolk batted first and reached 92 from their 30 overs with Karla Durham (4-20) the pick of the Huntingdonshire bowlers.

After losing three early wickets Durham (35) came to the rescue with the bat, and supported by Rebecca Campbell (19), she turned the match against Suffolk and Lize-Ann Engelbrect smashed the winning runs with just three balls left.

Hunts Division 1

THE only game to beat the weather in Division One was at Dean, where the home side were asked to bat on a damp wicket. Daniel Czaicki (70) was the star performer with the bat as they totalled 212-9. Tight early bowling from Chris Law (3-15) and a good spell from Roy Eady (3-32) comfortably saw of the challenge of Burghley, who were 126 all out.

Hunts Division 4

SATURDAY saw Castor & Ailsworth II's 220-4 prove too many for Sawtry, who struggled to 111 all out. Sawtry regained some pride on Sunday when they beat Eaton Socon. Batting first Socon found it tough going and scratched their way to 146 all out, but Sawtry got home by three wickets as they reached the target.

Hilton entertained Buckden II in an exciting encounter. Hilton looked happy enough with their score of 238-5 but Buckden made them work hard for the points and finally succumbed to 199 all out.

Warboys II made it a comfortable home victory against Hampton. The home side batted sensibly to total 187-6 with Matt Duncan (85) looking at ease. They made sure that Hampton struggled to reach 128 all out with good bowling and a fine spell from Chris Hoy (3-16).

Hunts Division 5

GREAT Staughton look likely to have their best season for many years as they recorded yet another win at the weekend.

Home side Huntingdon II failed to get to grips with the bowling attack of Staughton. Ben Houseago (4-17) and Curtis Gallagher (2-22) did the damage as their 117 never looked enough to take the points.

Staughton's batsmen got to work and with Jonny Brittain (64) showing no mercy they polished off the runs losing just three wickets in the process.

Ramsey III made it a comfortable win against Sawtry III. Batting first, they made 144 which was always going to be a competitive total.

The visitors showed little form and Ramsey's bowlers ripped through the line up to leave them in tatters at 85 all out.

The form side of the league to date are Brampton, and they confirmed this with an easy 67 run win against Upwood III. Having run up a slightly below par 145 all out the Brampton bowlers got to work to dismiss Upwood for just 78.

Tucker League 1

AFTER a delayed start, Ramsey batted first against March. The Ramsey total of 177-8 owed a lot to Jack Little (78), who received good support from James Markland (25).

March had a revised total set under the experimental rules being applied by the league this season and needed 163 from 44 overs. Michael Kay (4-57) bowled his heart out but solid contributions down the order saw March home with overs to spare.

Tucker League 2

WARESLEY did everything they could to force a win against Fordham but couldn't part the final batsmen as Fordham held out for a draw.

Waresley's 148 looked vulnerable and only Phil Masdin (54) really got to grips with the bowling.

In-form Fordham must have fancied their chances of taking the points but good early spells by Chris Asque (2-16) and Chris Whitfield (2-22) put them on the back foot. Laurence Bosher (3-9) then weighed in with an excellent seven-over spell and Fordham were left to hang on for a share of the spoils.

Eaton Socon came down with a bit of a bump against a good Foxton outfit. Their 196-8 looked a useful total after free-scoring Jon Carpenter (57) and Matt Rawlings (47) played positively. Foxton had other ideas and their openers smashed their way to a stand of 198 to win the game easily.

Cambs Senior 2

YELLING had to bowl 30 overs before they finally dismissed Hardwick for a paltry 73. Steve Tack (4-35) and Dominic Walker (3-19) making sure that the batsmen didn't wriggle of the hook and Yelling reached the target in 10 overs for the loss of three wickets.

Other Scores

Kimbolton (94) lost to Weston Colville (95-5); Bluntisham (192) lost to Yaxley (193-3); Eaton Socon (196-7) lost to Foxton (198-0); Needingworth (91-7) beat Bottisham/Lode (90); Somersham (181-8) beat Littleport (170); Somersham II (91) lost to Littleport II (107); Chatteris II (145-4) beat St Ives IV (74); Grasshopper II (243-1) beat Cambourne II (134); Needingworth II (182-6) beat Waterbeach II (134).

Christmas Cup

UPWOOD totalled a massive 184-5 in what turned into a very one sided semi-final against Huntingdon. Pieter Hattingh (83) and James Markland (61) led the way to a final total of 184-5 from 15 eight-ball overs. More surprisingly, Huntingdon's Nomi Khan picked up a late hat-trick from the carnage.

The wickets fell at regular interval as Huntingdon (126) gave chase. Neil Tuffin (4-29) put in an impressive spell of bowling and with some less than quality running between the wickets by the Hunts batsmen the outcome was inevitable.

East Beds Shield Junior and Senior

EATON Socon turned the heat on Kempston in the quarter-finals by racing to 169-1 - largely down to Matt Rawlings (78) and Jon Carpenter (77*). Kempston were left 65 runs short as Az Nawaz (3-18) and Simon Cooper (3-31) dominated the batsmen.

Eaton Socon II also progressed to the semis of the junior section with a comprehensive win over Langford II. Socon had Tony Reedman and Nick Stocking (both 37) to thank as they closed on 162-9. Their bowlers then managed to hold the upper hand against the Langford II batsmen who finished 24 runs adrift on 138-4.

Beds Division 3

WARESLEY are proving to be very strong in Beds Division 3. Against Flitwick II they crashed their way to 261-7 with Laurence Bosher (135*) totally dominating the bowling.

Flitwick managed a good reply and reached 226 before being dismissed. Batsman Bosher turned bowler (4-35) and together with Richard Hayden (3-44) made sure the visitors were kept in check.

Rutland League

EATON Socon II met Kingscliffe in Rutland 7 and recorded a massive 201 run win.

Batting first, it was Nick Stocking (74) and David Humphrey (60*) that led the run spree as Socon topped 273-8. It was game over almost immediately that Kingscliffe started their innings as Stuart Jackson (7-30) ran riot with the ball. His spell included a hat-trick to ensure an early finish.

Fenland League Trophy

A WARBOYS XI were unable to hold Wisbech II in this game. Wisbech batted first and piled on 201-5. Warboys made a good attempt but had to settle for a 30-run defeat as they closed on 171-8.

Junior Matches

NEEDINGWORTH U9s were well ahead of Warboys as they won by 99 runs. Needingworth finished on 203-2 with Ryan Batsford and Josh Smith in good nick.

Warboys then fell to 104-7 with Will Hirons (2-3) taking the bowling honours.

At U15 level, St Ives proved too strong for Needingworth. Sam Davies (46) and Will Lygo (46*) contributed to Ives' total of 153-2. Needingworth's reply was led by Josh Simpson (42) but stalled at 133-3.

Cambourne U14s managed to get the better of Cottenham after Dan Theadgold (23) and Nik Patel (20) saw them to 89. Tight bowling was needed and Patel (4-18) and Abhi Sharma (3-15) strangled the life out of Cottenham, who mustered just 55 all out.