CRICKET: Young spinner Olly enjoys a starring role as Eaton Socon side win Hunts League survival showdown

The Godmanchester 3rds team are back row, left to right, Grant Austin, Jamie Oliver, Paul Jefferies,

The Godmanchester 3rds team are back row, left to right, Grant Austin, Jamie Oliver, Paul Jefferies, Matt Waring, Paul Greenhow, Elliott Baldwin, Jim Lunn, front row, Amelia Oliver, Olly Jefferies, Mack May and Oliver Greenhow. - Credit: Archant

A 13 year-old talent starred for Eaton Socon 2nds as they triumphed in a big Hunts League survival battle on the final day of the Division One season.

Olly Jefferies spun his way to 5-35 in a crucial 73-run success at Hampton which led to their hosts being relegated.

A rather more senior player was the most impressive batsman as Eaton Socon 2nds posted 230. Ray Tudor, 44, clubbed a fine 82 off just 49 deliveries.

Matt Pateman, who dropped down from first-team duty for the second successive weekend, added 30 while the club’s overseas player, Dale Van Der Merwe, chipped in with 3-33 as Hampton were removed for 157.

Godmanchester Town 2nds were another team to secure their status last Saturday when triumphing in their penultimate Division Two fixture.


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Jim Lunn (3-13), Jamie Rice (3-14) and Himanshu Rai (3-35) were all among the wickets in an 83-run verdict against Ickwell.

Lunn also contributed well with the bat when responsible for 40 of the Town side’s 187-5 total. Chip Wood led the way with 69 as his side avoided a second successive relegation.

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Skipper Michael Piaggesi ended the season on a high note with a five-wicket haul for Houghton & Wyton. Piaggesi swooped for 5-40 in a 116-run win against Blunham 2nds which also included a half-century from opener Mark Hollis (57).

An innings of 54 from Neil Suckling and a 4-24 haul from Abu Bakar were the highlights of Alconbury’s 70-run victory at Barnack at the same level.

Another big Zubair Maqsood score was not enough to prevent Huntingdon & District 2nds from suffering a three-wicket defeat in their penultimate Division Three outing. He carried his bat for 83 as the locals posted 214-9, but Peterborough opponents Falcon eclipsed it with just under four overs to spare.

The final Sunday of the Bedfordshire County League season turned into a family affair for Eaton Socon 2nds.

Their line-up for a 52-run win at Elstow in Division Five included two fathers and sons (Ray and Joe Dawborn, Chris and Brad Dickerson), a father and daughter (Colin and Adelaide Walkling), and brothers (Reece and Troy Beavis).

Joe Dawborn, a star bowler at considerably higher levels of the game, top-scored with the bat in this contest – hitting 68 off 67 balls.

Adelaide Walkling added an unbeaten 41 as the Eaton Socon outfit reached 167-5 before dismissing their hosts for 115. Troy Beavis claimed 3-25.

And the club’s first XI also ended on a winning note as Tom Banks (70) and Van Der Merwe (66) scored heavily in a 52-run triumph against Blunham in Division Two.

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