CRICKET ROUND-UP: Warboys survive the wash-out for a draw at Foxton & Babraham

Eaton Socon Cricket Club, rained off. covers,

Eaton Socon Cricket Club, rained off. covers, - Credit: Archant

The rain all but washed out Huntingdonshire cricket on Saturday with only Warboys’ game at Foxton & Babraham surviving the weather in the Tucker Gardner Premier League.

Every other match in the top two divisions were either cancelled or abandoned but Division One side Warboys failed to make up ground with a draw in the game which had a revised total and retired wickets.

“I think a draw was a fair result,” said the captain Leighton Gilbert. “We played well in parts with both bat and ball but we never really quite did enough.

“Dan Wright and Alex Grange batted really well and gave us a great chance with their opening stand but once again we lost a few wickets and the run rate went up. And it was always going to be a tough ask to chase their total.”

The rain did play it’s part with Warboys given a target of 203 for seven declared off 46 overs with Chris Whitfield taking three wickets for 41 runs. A revised target of 159 and 36 overs was set with Warboys retiring two wickets – and Wright and Grange hit 53 and 33 before the attack waned. In the end it was all over at 146 for seven.

“Foxton are a strong side,” said Gilbert. “We are pleased with the way we are competing against everyone we play. We know every game is going to be tough this year and I’m proud of everyone’s effort so far.”

Elsewhere, there were only two games involving Hunts teams in the County Bats League with Eaton Socon pulling off a good five-wicket win at home to Hampton in Division One and Waresley II winning in Division Two.

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On Monday, William Hill top scored not out for Eaton with 47 as they chased 197 for seven. Top of the bowling figures was Chris Dickerson with four for 24.

Back on Saturday, Pat Ellerbeck of Waresley II recorded the best Hunts bowling figures of the day with five for 37 in their six-wicket win against AK XI.

Division Five is a Sunday division and the weather had changed by then. Little Paxton had a decent win at Great Staughton, who are failing to kick start their season after high hopes, and Brampton wiped the floor with Houghton & Wyton II.

For Paxton, it was a close thing with a seven-run win after they set Staughton a total of 151 with Lewis Ager top scoring with 42. In reply, the Staughton captain Curtis Gallagher scored 47 but they were all out for 144.

Two Staughton bowlers – Mark Hadfield (3-20) and Justin Howell (3-21) were in the wickets, with Lee Payne (3-41) the winners’ best bowler.

“There were a few controversial decisions in both innings,” said Gallagher. “But it was a very good game to be involved in with many good performances with both bat and ball.”

Houghton & Wyton II (146 all out) got nowhere near Brampton’s 238 during which Paul Greenhow hit 59. Duncan McGregor took three wickets for 27 for Brampton but Houghton’s Lucas Sarath got three wicket’s for 25.

Openers Steve Smith (59) and Simin Jones (47) did the damage to Chatteris in St Ives Town’s III’s excellent away win in the Junior Cup.