Cricket Round-Up - May 3/4

East Anglian Premier League Godmanchester (87-5) beat Norwich (84) by 5 wkts A STARRING performance from captain Bevin Moynan was the highlight of a win on the opening day of the EAPL season for Godmanchester. Moynan returned his best bowling figures for

East Anglian Premier League

Godmanchester (87-5) beat Norwich (84) by 5 wkts

A STARRING performance from captain Bevin Moynan was the highlight of a win on the opening day of the EAPL season for Godmanchester.

Moynan returned his best bowling figures for two seasons with a haul of 5-19 from 17 overs as the home side collapsed in a dramatic fashion, losing five wickets for just 16 runs in their middle order as they fell for a paltry 84 all out.

Returning Sri Lankan star Praneeth Jayasundera weighed in with 3-27 for Goddy but some less than impressive batting from his side almost cost them.

In the end, determined batting by Matt Pateman and Jayasundera was needed to amass the modest total needed for victory.

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Moynan's first seven overs yielded just two runs as he tore into the home line-up and with Jayasundera claiming three LBWs, Godmanchester were always on top.

Goddy's top order scarcely troubled the scorers and is was Pateman (27) and the newly-wed Sri Lankan (29) who saw their side home.

National Village Cup

HORSEHEATH skipper Gary Ellis led from the front in his side's 19-run win at Upwood in the npower Village Cup on Sunday.

Former test stars Alec Stewart and Dean Headley were in attendance at the game as ambassadors for the sponsors but it will have been the visitors from the east of Cambridgeshire that most impressed the ex-England men.

For Upwood, Neil Tuffin (4-29) and Nick Page (3-27) bowled with penetration and economy and the reply was based around Steven Tuffin's 40 and James Milner 27, but they fell short of the required total to be bowled out in the penultimate over of the innings.

Tucker 1

THERE was a poor start to the season for Ramsey , came a cropper against Sawston, losing by 101 runs. Sawston hit 224-5, with Ramsey tumbling to 123 all out.

Godmanchester II fell way short of the mark against Nassington. Goddy closed on 164-9 and then saw Nassington race to the target with just one wicket down.

Tucker 2

A TIGHT game saw Waresley scrape home by one wicket against Weston Colville in a low-scoring match which saw Colville make just 99 with Kevin Cole grabbing 4-33.

The home side were grateful to Australian Miles Cordeux (38) and number 11 Terry Hayden (4) who scored the winning runs.

Eaton Socon earned their first ever win at this level against a poor Castor and Ailsworth side. Socon amassed 172-6 thanks to Matt Rawling (42) and the in-form Jon Carpenter (41). Carpenter then grabbed two wickets in the first over and Castor slumped to 30-5. Az Nawaz, who ended with 5-21, destroyed the fragile batting to see Socon home by 72 runs.

Bluntisham fell to a 10-wicket defeat against Foxton.

Hunts League 1

THE new campaign started badly for Huntingdon at Newborough with a five-wicket defeat. At 134-4 they looked well placed, but collapsed to 142 all out with Navid Mohammed (43) and Fred Khan (32) being the dominant batsmen.

In reply, Roger Black grabbed 3-25 but couldn't prevent the inevitable outcome.

Dean got off to a less than ideal start with a 66-run defeat at home to Barnack.

Russ Eddy was the pick of the bowlers with 3-35 as Barnack reached 164-7 at close of innings. In reply Dean stumbled to 108 with no batsman getting on top of the bowlers.

Sawtry could only crawl to 75 all out against Upwood in 34 overs and Upwood knocked off the runs in just 20 overs for the loss of two wickets - Mark Willis (27) top-scored.

Elsewhere, Alconbury lost at Orton Park and Ramsey went down at Burghley Park in a rain-affected game

Hunts 2

A HARD-FOUGHT game saw Buckden begin their season with a win against Warboys . Struggling at 70-6 due to some tight bowling, it needed a battling partnership between Andrew Bonafont (51*) and Steve Cox (18) to see Buckden to a respectable total of 155 all out.

Warboys began their reply steadily but found it hard work and were always behind the rate. Solid bowling restricted them to 145-6 from 47 overs.

A trip to Houghton by Waresley resulted in a win for the visitors and Godmanchester III brought a win back from Ufford Park.

Hunts 3

EATON Socon II won handsomely against Netts. In their 230-9, Bob Nicklin (64) was the mainstay while 17-year-old leg spinner Ben Reedman took 6-51, leaving Netts on 164-8.

Hunts 4

A RESPECTABLE 177 all out by Buckden II was enough against Eaton Socon's development XI, with Dave Barrett (57) in aggressive mood. David Donnelly (71) almost took Socon to the target but they were all out six runs short.

Warboys II had two youngsters to thank for their total of 197-4 against Sawtry II . Ryan Humpheys (59) and Matt Duncan (54*) scored their maiden half centuries to set up an 80-run victory. In reply, Sawtry couldn't get to grips with the bowling of Martin Croucher (6-37) and only Sam O'Connell (29) made any headway.

Alconbury dismissed Hilton for just 65 runs and knocked them off comfortably but it will be a game that Roland Amft will hope to forget as he repeated his feat of 10 years ago by dropping four catches in a game - last time out it was Hunts Post reporter Dave Woods who had the misfortune the be the much-dropped bowler.

Elsewhere, Sawtry II lost to Warboys II on Saturday and fared little better when they were beaten on Sunday by Hampton.

Hunts 5

WARBOYS III squeaked home against Ramsey III

Cambs Leagues

ST IVES fell 25 runs short as they chased Barrington's 207-7 in Senior 1. Ives reached 182 before the final wicket fell, while in Senior 2, Balsham always looked the better side as they beat Yelling by 50 runs. Yelling chased 234 but managed only 184-6.

It was early teas for Needingworth in 1A as they knocked off the 51 runs required for the loss of just two wickets after Willingham managed just 50.

St Ives II fared no better than their first team as they went down to a 41-run defeat to Witcham in 2A, who had scored 173-8 batting first. Elsworth saw off Fen Ditton in record time in 2B as Ditton compiled a measly 40. Elsworth lost four wickets in the chase.

In 3A, Fenstanton managed 100 all out but March III reached the target with only six wickets down whilst Somersham II need some time in the nets after falling to 63 all out against Wimblington, who lost just the one wicket in reaching the total.

In the same league St Ives III could muster just 71 chasing Littleport II's 158-8. Abbots Ripton were well short of Chatteris II's score of 149-9 as they finished on 91 all out in 4A and down in 5A Needingworth II got a win from their game against Cottenham III. After scoring 124-9 they shot the opposition out for 68.

Coote Cup

DEAN faced Upwood in the first round and batting first posted a respectable 165-7 with Tom Agnew (47) batted solidly to give his team a competitive target.

After a promising start by John Paxton (30) the Upwood innings fell away and they were 33 runs short when their innings closed. The three Eadys (Richard, Russ and Roy) mopped up nine of the wickets with Roy returning match figures of 4-20.

Beds League

WARESLEY celebrated their first venture into the Beds League with a comfortable win over Henlow II on a pitch helpful to seam bowlers. They restricted the visitors to 171 with Jim Keys taking 3-28. In reply a stand of 148 by the two 16-year-olds Chris Whitfield 74* and Simon Donald 50* saw them home.

Rutland 4

UFFINGTON were no match for Eaton Socon as they crashed to 66 all out chasing 158. Matt Rawlings (58) continued the season in style and Dominic Marchant returned figures of 5-10, ably supported by Simon Cooper's 3-35.

Junior Cricket

Ramsey U15 118-3 beat Huntingdon U15 (61) by 57 runs. Dan Malem (61*) starred with the bat then went on to take 3-8.

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