Eaton Socon win Hunts County Bats Division One title without facing a ball

EATON Socon became the Hunts County Bats League Division One champions on Saturday – without even having to face a ball.

Promotion to Division Two of the Cambs & Hunts TuckerGardner League was secured when their hosts Alconbury called their game off because of a lack of players.

Eaton were awarded all 20 points and when Huntingdon & District beat third-placed Blunham later in the day, the title was theirs.

Eaton captain Terry Day told The Hunts Post: “It’s great to be champions, we have played some really good cricket this season and have had a great team spirit all the way through.

“It’s nice to have wrapped the title up with a game to spare so we can just play next Saturday’s match without any pressure and enjoy it.”

That match will be at Waresley II who are currently third from bottom in the division.

Although in second, Huntingdon couldn’t catch Eaton at the top but because they still had three matches left, but Blunham could.

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However, Huntingdon handed Eaton the title when they beat Blunham at the King George V Playing Field by 63 runs.

That was Huntingdon’s last game of the season but Blunham still have two left and mathematically they could still finish in second themselves.

Huntingdon just missed out on promotion to the TuckerGarder League last season too when they were pipped at the post by Warboys on the last day of the season.

Alconbury, who began the season well and were table toppers for the first couple of weeks completed their fall from grace by conceding their game against Eaton and are now bottom of the table with one fixture left. They are away at Ufford Park on Saturday and defeat in Suffolk would almost certainly see them relegated to Division Two.

Waresely II eased their fears of the drop when they beat Godmanchester Town II by three wickets at The Parks.

Goddy batted first but only managed to post a target of 122 with Warseley’s Phil Gillett getting five wickets for 27 runs.

The runs were fairly shared out as Waresley made harder work of their reply that they should have. Top scorer was Ben Rodgers who was out LBW at 30 before the victory was confirmed in the 40th over.

Ramsey II’s match at Barnack was abandoned after just four overs with just 14 runs on the scoreboard.

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WARBOYS II won their Bank Holiday Monday at Upwood by six wickets with Ben Duncan hitting 63 and Ryan Humphrey smashing 59 in 54 balls not out.

Upwood had decided to bat and Mitch Newman top scored with 50 as the home side finished all out for 170.

Jack Skidmore took four wickets for 44 runs in the Hunts County Bats Division Three game and Warboys reached their total for the loss of just four wicets in 34.1 overs.

Huntingdon & District II went to Ickwell and came back with an eight-wicket victory. Huntingdon reached the home side’s target of 192 for the loss of just two wickets.

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BRAMPTON were all out for 111 at Shia Sports and the home side made light work of the chase for a seven-wicket victory in Division Four of the Hunts County Bats League.

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WARBOYS III had a good win overHuntingdon & District III on Saturday reaching their target of 83 for the loss of five wickets in 20.3 overs in their Hunts County Bats Division Five match.

Huntingdon had decided to bat first but only Richard Wyatt (27) managed a knock of any note with the wickets shared fairly between six Warboys bowlers. Matthew Lavender was 25 not out when they crossed the line.

Little Paxton won their reduced over match against Warboys III with Mark Burke hitting a fine 81 and fellow opener Greg Wright getting 64.

Tim Simmonds got four wickets for 41 as Warboys made a hash of their reply. In the end they were just eight runs short of the 25 over reduced target of 136 after Paxton had finished on 222.

SATURDAY’S thunder storm somehow missed Castor & Ailsworth where Godmanchester Rovers were winners in Division One of the TuckerGardner Premier League this Saturday.

The win came despite a poor innings from Giddy who only managed a paltry 118 in their innings. Matt Pateman hit an excellent 54, which included 10 fours, but the other batsmen struggled against the decent bowling attack of Kamran Hamayun (four for 36) and John Maynard (four for 45).

Pateman and Adam Cousins (20) put on 54 for the fifth wicket, which was by far the highest partnership of the match.

However, Paul Jefferson took six wickets for 35 and Kevin Clement four for 26 as the Godmanchester bowlers ripped through the Castor line up. Their straight and intelligent seam bowling accounted for nine of the batsmen as the home side were dismissed for just 64 in the 23rd over.

Ramsey also managed to complete their game but possibly wished they hadn’t as visitors Nassington claimed an eight-wicket victory after reaching their re-jigged target of just 77.

St Ives Town were the winners with another rain-affected outcome at the St Ivo Outdoor Centre.

Visitors Saffron Walden were all out for 108 and the home side reached their target of 96 for the loss of just three wickets with Ryan Withers top scoring on 28.

In Division One Waresley claimed an eight-wicket victory over visitors Cambridge Granta with Ian Donald hitting 64 not out.

SAWTRY Cricket Club claimed the Coote Cup when they beat Warboys by 32 runs in what was a thrilling final which at times could have gone either way.

Warboys started well with Will England and Josh England bowling nice tidy lines to make scoring difficult and sneaking two early wickets. But, batting at number four, 17-year-old Sawtry captain Glyn Smith steadied the ship and top scored with 63, only getting out on the final ball of the innings at 171 for six.

The partnership between Smith and fellow 17-year-old James Wiltshire (22 of 63 balls) in the last nine overs turned a mediocre score into a competitive one, despite the decent bowling efforts of Josh England (two for 20) and Jake Tingey (two for 28).

Warboys’s reply did not start well with opener Ed Trafford being caught at slip off the bowling of Andy Fowler (two for 32). However, fellow opener Chris Hoy anchored the innings well, batting all the way through, only to fall as last man for 52.

Despite Hoy’s efforts, Warboys kept losing wickets at regular intervals with the left arm duo of Brian Chapman (two for28) amd Ian Bonsall (four for 16) doing most of the damage. There was also some spectacular fielding from James Wiltshire.

Despite some brief resistance from Will England (25), Sawtry completed the win with Shaun Hubbard bowling Hoy with Warboys on 139.

l THE winners of the Hunts League South and North under-15s leagues met each other with Eaton Socon adding the Regional League title to the County Cup they have already won.

Eaton beat Ramsey when they ‘northerners’ set a target of 75 after 20 overs which Eaton managed to reach in 10. Eaton’s Alicia Presland was player of the match.

In the picture of the victorious Eaton team are Ryan Vale (captain), Joe Taylor, Raj Sunner, Luke Watling, David McCaig, Tom Banks, Marcus Kenmir, Jamie Vale, Reece Sibley and Joseph Watling.