CRICKET: Upwood batsman Tuffin cracks a ton in boundaries during big-hitting start to the Hunts League season

Upwood batsman Neil Tuffin. Picture: DAVID LOWNDES

Upwood batsman Neil Tuffin. Picture: DAVID LOWNDES - Credit: David Lowndes

Upwood batsman Neil Tuffin enjoyed a sparkling start to the new Hunts League season last Saturday.

Tuffin clubbed a mighty 142 as his side roared to a 176-run triumph in their Division Three opener against Hampton 2nds.

More than a century of Tuffin’s runs arrived in boundaries as he pummelled the Peterborough side’s bowlers into submission with 27 fours.

Upwood eventually declared an over early on 311-7 before removing the visitors for 135 – James Milner, Brett Wright and Zubair Mohammed bagging three wickets apiece to complete an emphatic success.

Nazam Jawaid hit 88 as Huntingdon & District 2nds slipped to a five-wicket defeat at Biggleswade at the same level.

Jawaid’s quick knock, off just 81 balls, featured six fours and six sixes and helped his side to 239-9.

Ali Shah (55) also made a half-century while Zia Rahman added 34, but hosts Biggleswade passed their target with five balls to spare.

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A century from TJ Harding couldn’t prevent reigning Division One champions Ramsey 2nds from falling to a season-opening defeat.

Harding cracked an unbeaten 105 and was responsible for almost half of his side’s total of 213-9 in an eight-wicket reverse at Peterborough side Orton Park.

Waresley 2nds were also on the receiving end of a heavy loss at that level. They went down to Hampton by 288 runs when being removed for just 101 in reply to a hefty score of 389-8. Waresley bowler Thomas Baker did his best to stem the tide by taking 3-54.

Buckden made a smart start to the campaign in Division Two. Alex Marsh’s men eased to a seven-wicket success at Nassington 2nds.

Laurie Marsh (3-18) led a fine Buckden bowling effort as they dismissed their hosts for 126 before easing to victory. Lewis Medlow top-scored as he fell two runs short of a half-century, while skipper Marsh added 33.

Young Jack Ranganathan impressed for St Ives in their Division Five opener. The 12 year-old followed up an unbeaten 58 with 3-26 in a three-wicket loss to Houghton & Wyton.