CRICKET: The magnificent seven of Godmanchester Town 2nds triumph against the odds

Godmanchester 2nds captain Steve Marsh, pictured batting.

Godmanchester 2nds captain Steve Marsh, pictured batting. - Credit: Archant

Godmanchester Town 2nds were in seventh heaven last Saturday – after their depleted side completed an incredible Hunts League success against the odds.

The locals could only field seven players for a Division Two clash at Peterborough Town 3rds, but the numerical disadvantage didn’t stop them collecting a fine 50-run victory which lifted them out of the relegation zone.

Nick Willmer hit 50 and skipper Steve Marsh added 46 as the Godmanchester men – who ranged in age from 28 year-old Billy Quinn to senior man Kevin Clement (61) -reached 170.

Mark Jackman and Clement added a hugely valuable 51 for the final wicket to make the scoreboard considerably more respectable and kept their hosts toiling in the field for an additional 13 overs.

Marsh (4-27) and Clement (4-19) then starred in a fine bowling effort as Peterborough Town 3rds were removed for 120. Jim Lunn claimed the other two wickets.

Captain Marsh said: “I was under a bit of pressure to concede the game, but we decided to give it our best shot. Winning the toss was crucial as were able to bat first and didn’t have to cook in the field for 45 overs.

“Mark and Kevin’s contribution for the final wicket was also very important as it got us to a competitive total. We then gambled on our two recognised bowlers – myself and Kevin – going straight through with our 10 overs apiece.

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“We both bowled pretty well and had some success, and Jim was able to mop up the last couple of wickets. He deserved them as he saved a host of boundaries with some brilliant fielding.

“We adopted the mindset of anything less than -30 points we would have been hit with for forfeiting the game being a good result for us. Incredibly we were able to pick up the win.”

A father and son enjoyed starring roles as Godmanchester Town 3rds collected a first Division Five win of the summer last Sunday.

Paul Greenhow took 4-25 and his lad, Oliver, grabbed 3-19, in a five-wicket triumph against Warboys.