CRICKET: Two wins, gained in two different ways, leave confidence high at Kimbolton

Kimbolton skipper James Biddle, seen here batting in a game last summer. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

Kimbolton skipper James Biddle, seen here batting in a game last summer. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

Kimbolton captain James Biddle hopes his men will take plenty of confidence from a successful start to the Whiting & Partners Division Two season in the Cambs & Hunts Premier League.

Kimbolton piled up the runs to blow away weakened Warboys by 150 runs last Saturday and follow-up a season-opening success against promoted side Great Shelford the previous weekend.

Young guns Michael Ridley (83no) and Michael Armenakis (68) both delivered personal-best knocks at this level as Kimbolton reached 300-4 against Warboys.

Ridley needed just 61 balls to put together the top score. It was an innings which featured 11 fours and two sixes.

Rory Fenton fell three runs short of a half-century.

The visitors, reduced to nine batsmen by the early departures of skipper Matt Duncan and Liam Gaynor for footballing reasons, could only manage half of the total of their hosts as they suffered a second successive defeat.

Biddle said: “Getting two victories on the board early on is very pleasing.

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“We chased down a target in our first game against Great Shelford and then set a big total against Warboys.

“Hopefully that has set us up well and given us confidence in both situations.

“It is a strong league featuring some very good sides so we will take things one match at a time.

“There have already been some surprise results so we have to make sure we are focused and prepared every Saturday.”

Craig Leigh is enjoying a successful start to life as Huntingdon & District skipper.

Like Kimbolton, Leigh’s side have also launched the new season with successive victories.

They triumphed by 13 runs against Burwell 2nds in a low-scoring clash at St Peters Road last Saturday.

Only one Huntingdon & District batsman, Navid Ahmed, made it above 20 as they struggled to 144, but that still proved to be enough to claim victory.

Nomi Khan claimed 4-54 and Asif Khan bagged 3-25 as Burwell 2nds were dismissed for 131.