CRICKET ROUND-UP: Leg spinner Jack Skidmore stars as Warboys beat Waresely

Warboys batsman Alec Grange top scored with 52 in their win against Waresley. Picture: Helen Drake

Warboys batsman Alec Grange top scored with 52 in their win against Waresley. Picture: Helen Drake - Credit: Archant

Jack Skidmore took six wickets as Warboys beat Waresley by 70 runs in Saturday’s big Huntingdonshire derby in the Tucker Gardner Premier League.

The 19-year-old leg spinner was in such good form that even the Waresley captain, Simon Donald, nodded in the youngster’s direction when he told The Hunts Post: “We bowled and fielded very well. The wicket was pretty good and I felt Warboys were about 40 runs light.

“But we batted appallingly. We showed no backbone and came up against a very impressive bowling spell by Jack Skidmore.”

Waresley were top of the Division One table for the first four weeks of the season but have slipped up over the last month, while Warboys, who were promoted last season, struggled to get going. But there has been a switch in form of late and Warboys are now one place below the seventh placed Waresley and 15 points behind.

Warboys set their visitors a target of 137 for nine with Alex Grange hitting 57 – but the bowlers Blair Tickner (4-38) and Jim Keys (3-40) did their best to restrict their opponents. That will have given Waresley hope but Skidmore had other ideas taking five of the first six batsmen with James Dallaway, who normally knocks off a good amount, run out by Sam Latchford for just nine.

Skidmore added another wicket for figures of six for 42 with three maidens from his 16 overs.

“He’s 19 and he’s a very talented attacked leg spinner,” said the Warboys captain Leighton Gilbert. “He’s a match winner on his day as he proved on Saturday and has done for us many times before. He’s a good all-round cricketer really, a decent lower order bat and a good fielder with a great attitude.”

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In the end, Waresley were all out for 67 with Sam Johnson top scoring with just 17.

“It was just the response we needed after an awful display the previous week,” said Gilbert.

“I felt we looked a bit timid batting wise after being skittled for 45 by Sawston. Although 137 was well below par it gave us something to bowl at and Jack Skidmore’s spell was the best leg spin I have seen for a while.”

Godmanchester Town declared on 201 and then got Histon out for 115 with the captain Matt Pateman scoring 48 and Matt Davies-Binge hitting 43. Kiran Adhav took four wickets for 49 runs.

Godmanchester and Ramsey are fighting it out in second and third behind Sawston with Ramsey easing to a three-wicket win at Nassington.

In Division Two, St Ives Town got their second win of the season beating Newborough by seven wickets after bowling them out for just 86.

Eaton Socon remain in second despite their 84-run home defeat to Weston Colville.

“It was another shocking batting display,” said the Eaton captain Simon Donald after they managed to find just 76 runs all out. “We did a good job restricting them to 160 for eight but we lost a wicket first ball and never recovered.”

Nomi Khan and Khaqan Arsal were the star performers for Huntingdon & District as they earned a one-run win against Godmanchester Town II in Division One of the Hunts County Bats League.

Khan (61) top scored for Goddy as they set Huntingdon a target of 144 and then Arsal took four wickets for 23 runs with Gary Mills helping out with three for 30. But it was Freddie Khan (3-13) who took the most important wicket – that of last man Josh Young who was out LBW for nought at 143.

Steve Marsh did get five wickets for the defeated Godmanchester side who are now locked together with Huntingdon on 74 points in mid-table with both Ramsey II and Eaton Socon II a little too close to the relegation zone for comfort.

Ramsey’s four-wicket win over Nassington II did help their cause though with Damian Clarke and Jon Cade both hitting 56 as they set their opponents a target of 180 for six. Vince Woodward (3-16) and Cade (3-36) worked hard with the ball to get Nassington all out for 149.

Eaton, however, were all out for 53 as they chased Burghley Park’s 212 for seven.

In Division Two, Dave Atkinson hit 65 and Ian Bonsall took five wickets for 31 runs as Sawtry beat Alconbury by 57 runs. Richard Ewing did take four Sawtry wickets but Alconbury were all out for 93 as they chased 150 for nine.

Leaders Waresley II had an impressive 60-run win at home to Peterborough Town II with Myles Cordeux (63), Steve Warman (48) and Laurence Frederick all excelling with the bat for 239 for seven.

In Division Three, Warboys II went to Huntingdon & District II and were excellent putting on 215 for four before getting the home side all out for 166. David Drage top scored with 72 while Steve Tuffin hit 57 not out and then took four wickets for 21. Mitch Newman also did well making 50. At least Nazam Jawaid got 58 on the board for Huntingdon.

Warboys III in Division Four, however, were severely beaten at Castor & Ailsworth where they only managed a knock of 85. Hemingford Park’s baptism of fire continued with a defeat to Blunham II.

In Division Five, Godmanchester Town III’s opening batsman Stuart Brydon must have felt like he was playing for the wrong side after making 104 not out while the rest of his team failed to get into double figures.

Goddy were all out for 137 with Brampton getting to 139 for four despite Duncan McGregor’s three for 21. Little Paxton (177-5) beat Buckden (176) with Adam Long taking five for 19 and Tim Walker hitting 53.

Ramsey III top Division Five after an impressive 130-run win over Upwood II. Jordan Cafferkey (95), Edward Manchett (50 not out) and Craig Golightly (5-9) all excelled.