Fenstanton friends are reunited for one last hurrah

FENSTANTON Cricket Club reunited for a one-off game on Monday to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and former treasurer Roger Mitchell’s 60th birthday.

The Hunts Post ran a full-page feature on the demise of Fenstanton in February when it was announced the club was quitting the Cambs & Hunts Junior League and folding because of a lack of bodies both on and off the pitch.

Club secretary Richard Corbett told The Hunts Post then: “The village knew we were here and were very supportive – but the fact is they have their own lives.”

But this weekend Fenstantons’s former players returned to the fold for one last hurrah – a friendly Twenty20 match against Abbots Ripton at Kimbolton & Catworth’s ground.

Corbett was there and said: “Because its Roger’s 60th and it’s the Diamond Jubilee weekend people have come from a long way for the game.

“It’s great to see old players and retired players returning for a nice game of Twenty20 cricket.”

In the match, Fenstanton chose to bowl first and made early inroads, reducing their Cambs & Hunts Junior League opponents to 25 for four. But a stubborn fifth-wicket Abbots Ripton stand left Fenstanton with a target of 110 for five.

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Andy Taylor took two wickets, with Mike Piaggesi, Jason Wilde and Mahmood Yakub getting one each.

Fenstanton’s reply soon hit trouble and they were 15 for three before some big hitting from Piaggesi (38) gave them hope.

However, Fenstanton were eventually all out for 77 with only Corbett (11 not out) and Yakub (10) also reaching double figures.

The match was followed by a birthday party barbecue.