CRICKET: Skipper Sherlock stars for Needingworth; Rendall continues to pile up the runs and another bowling masterclass boosts Abbots Ripton

Needingworth captain Dan Sherlock, seen here bowling, starred with the bat when hitting an unbeaten

Needingworth captain Dan Sherlock, seen here bowling, starred with the bat when hitting an unbeaten century. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

Captain Dan Sherlock cracked an unbeaten century as Needingworth collected a second successive Cambs Senior League win.

His side are already looking at home in Division One after breezing past Fulbourn by seven wickets last Saturday.

Sherlock’s quickfire ton and an unbeaten 44 from Lee Smith steered them past their visitors’ offering of 161 despite an early wobble which left Needingworth on 12-3.

The club’s seconds are also enjoying a fine start to 2017 in Division Four North of the Cambs Junior League.

Joe Morris hit 79 and skipper Dave Roberts scored 60 in a 21-run win against Haddenham.

Smart bowling from Joseph Cox (3-25) and Mark Sirot-Smith (3-28) helped restrict the visitors to 174-9 after the Needingworth side had posted 195-6.

St Ives 3rds man Thomas Rendall is scoring runs for fun so far this summer.

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The opener followed up a career-best knock of 149no on the opening day of the campaign with a half-century last Saturday.

Rendall hit 56 as his side came up 22 runs short when chasing 197-6 against Madingley 2nds in Division Four North.

Brilliant bowling has helped Abbots Ripton launch the season with back-to-back triumphs at that level.

Matt Johnson became the second man to claim a six-wicket haul in as many matches as they saw off Sutton 2nds by six wickets last Saturday.

Johnson returned the splendid figures of 6-16 as the hosts were dismissed for 116.

Bluntisham 2nds are one of four teams with maximum points in Division Five North.

Mark Allen’s men, who received a walkover in their opening fixture, made light work of eight-man St Ives 4ths last Saturday.

Richard Saltmarsh hit an unbeaten 41 as the Bluntisham side needed only 12.2 overs to pass a victory target of 106 and complete a seven-wicket success.

Captain Matthew Dack hit 45 as St Ives 2nds edged to a two-wicket win at Little Downham in Division Two North after Kevin Gilder took 4-30. Bluntisham went down by 58 runs at Girton in Division One North despite 4-23 from Alex Merry.