Eaton Socon record-breakers look Taylor-made for the title
- Credit: Archant
Records tumbled with bat and ball as Eaton Socon continued their march towards the Tucker Gardner League Division Two title.
Mickey Hay and Jonathan Carpenter piled up the biggest partnership ever managed by the club at this level of cricket.
Hay, who hit a sparkling unbeaten 135, and Carpenter (dismissed for 90) put on 240 as the table-toppers reached 245-2.
Then Matt Taylor took centre-stage as he recorded the best bowling figures ever managed in Tucker Gardner League competition by an Eaton Socon player.
His haul of 7-16 helped to skittle Newborough for just 77 to wrap up an emphatic 168-run success and secure another maximum haul of 25 points.
They now boast a 61-point lead over second-placed St Ives, who appear to be embroiled in a four-way fight for the second promotion spot.
They drew at another of those sides, Huntingdon & District, in an all-local clash at St Peter’s Road yesterday. St Ives posted 189-7 with the hosts reaching 156-7 in reply as they dropped to fourth place.
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Kimbolton climbed into third courtesy of a success over Khalsa achieved with two overs to spare. The village lads dismissed the visitors for 160 after declaring on 230-7 themselves.
Godmanchester took another big step towards the Division One crown - thanks to their result and that of title rivals Wisbech.
Matt Pateman’s men made short work of Burwell 2nds to grab an eight-wicket success and extend their unbeaten 2015 record to 16 games and they also increased their cushion at the summit with Wisbech held to a draw by Foxton.
Recently returned spin star Kiran Adhav tormented his former club with 4-12 as Burwell 2nds were dismissed for 109. Captain Matt Pateman hit an unbeaten half-century to steer them to one of their smoothest successes of a super summer.
Joe Barningham impressed with bat and ball as reigning champions Ramsey kept their faint hopes of defending their title alive. The Aussie hit 63 and took 4-28 in a 38-run triumph at struggling March.
Captain Taylor West top-scored with 70 as Ramsey amassed 236-9 before getting rid of the home side for 198.
Warboys boosted their survival hopes with a decent draw at Ketton. They piled up 257-7 and restricted their hosts to 227-7 in reply.
Waresley aren’t out of the woods after losing to Histon by 97 runs.
The bulk of their runs arrived from Ian Donald and Zac Ringrose, who piled on 96 for the third-wicket.
Donald departed for 60 and Ringrose soon followed one run short of a half-century as Waresley were dismissed for 162 in pursuit of the visitors’ 259-2.
TUCKER GARDNER LEAGUE
GODMANCHESTER beat BURWELL 2NDS by 8 wkts
Burwell 2nds 109 (K. Adhav 4-12).
Godmanchester 110-2 (M. Pateman 54no, B. Ovenstone 40no).
KETTON drew with WARBOYS
MARCH lost to RAMSEY by 38 runs
Ramsey 236-9 (T. West 70, J. Barningham 63, M. Cafferkey 39).
March 198 (J. Barningham 4-28).
WARESLEY lost to HISTON by 97 runs
Waresley 162 (I. Donald 60, Z. Ringrose 49).
EATON SOCON beat NEWBOROUGH by 168 runs
Eaton Socon 245-2 (M. Hay 135no, J. Carpenter 90).
Newborough 77 (M. Taylor 7-16).
HUNTINGDON & DISTRICT drew with ST IVES
St Ives 189-7.
Huntingdon & District 156-7.
KIMBOLTON beat KHALSA by 67 runs
Kimbolton 230-7 dec.