CRICKET: Smith stars in two Needingworth victories in as many days; Bluntisham feeling Merry after another win; first defeat for Abbots Ripton

Lee Smith starred for Needingworth on successive days.

Lee Smith starred for Needingworth on successive days. - Credit: Archant

Lee Smith was the nerveless Needingworth hero as they made dramatic progress in the Walker Cup 20/20 competition last Sunday.

Smith cracked the final ball for four to complete a match-winning innings of 67no in a first-round clash at Wilburton.

The hosts made 130-7 from their 20 overs despite some smart bowling from Scott Walton, who took 3-13, but Smith ensured it was eclipsed by Needingworth in the nick of time after they lost three wickets in a final over from which they only needed three runs to secure victory.

It was the second stellar performance from Smith in the same weekend. He produced an innings of 68 with 4-62 as Needingworth beat Wisbech 2nds by 33 runs in a Cambs Senior League Division One fixture the previous day.

Captain Dan Sherlock also impressed with 61 as his side amassed 261-7 before dismissing the home side for 228.

Mark Sirot-Smith hit a third half-century of the summer as Needingworth 2nds claimed a 63-run triumph against Madingley 2nds in Division Four North of the Cambs Junior League last Saturday.

Sirot-Smith’s knock of 61 was the most notable contribution in a 171-8 effort from the locals before Moody Yakub (3-18) and Mohsin Khurshid (3-23) excelled with the ball as Madingley 2nds were dismissed for 108.

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Abbots Ripton saw their super start at that level come to a sudden halt. The villagers slumped to 78 all out in a 10-wicket drubbing at Wilburton 2nds as they tasted defeat for the first time in 2017.

Bluntisham continued their promotion challenge in the Cambs Junior League. They retained second spot in Division One North courtesy of a 65-run triumph against Sutton.

Steve Merry top-scored with 77 as Bluntisham amassed 235-6 before 3-55 from Howard Mathson helped to remove the visitors for 170.

Thee successive victories have catapulted Yelling to within touching distance of the top two in Division One South.

Aaron Johnson took 3-18 to lead a fine bowling effort in a seven-wicket success against Cokenach last Saturday.

Stephen Tack, Jordan Lyden and Thumelan Pachiappan claimed two victims apiece as they removed the visitors for 124 – a total they comfortably surpassed as Jack Crawley hit 41.