CAMBOURNE Cricket Club have reason to celebrate on two fronts as both their first and second XIs have met with success in their respective leagues this season. The firsts lifted the Division 3B title in fine style against championship rivals Longstanton
CAMBOURNE Cricket Club have reason to celebrate on two fronts as both their first and second XIs have met with success in their respective leagues this season.
The firsts lifted the Division 3B title in fine style against championship rivals Longstanton II with a two wicket win. The visitors had posted a very respectable 181-6 but had always struggled to cope with Paul Darrington (5-19) who bowled with pace and aggression. With the title up for grabs Cambourne eased home at 185-8.
The seconds travelled to Little Thetford knowing that a win would secure the runners-up spot in Division 5A. Batting first, Chris Cundell (52) made sure his side had runs on the board as they ended on 137. Any fears of a loss were quickly put out of players minds as Peter Lee (5-15) bowled them to victory by 39 runs.
IN an exciting afternoon of cricket at Buckden it was Dean who lifted the Cranfield 8- a-side trophy with an over to spare following a win over Buckden in the final of three games.
Earlier they had defeated Eltisley, who had also lost their encounter against hosts Buckden in the first game of the day.
Batting first against Eltisley, Buckden had set the standard for the event by reaching 113-5 with club stalwart Paul Tidey (31) masterminding the innings. Eltisley looked to be cruising at 61-1 but then pressed the self-destruct button and were all out for 81. Only Eddie Relihan (31) showed real resistance.
Dean then played steadily to reach 107-6 against Eltisley in the afternoon's second match. Tom Firm (46) anchoring his side to what was to be a winning score. Eltisley's reply was slow from the start and they left themselves too much to do despite Sam Johnson's (34) classy knock. Richard Eady (4-17) always had the measure of the Eltisley batsmen who tailed off at 85-5.
The final and deciding game saw Buckden bat first against Dean. Richard Eady (3-24) maintained his line and length but Paul Bradding (40) helped Buckden to 98-5.
However, Dean never looked in trouble with Tom Russell (42*) and Shalinder Singh (33*) seeing Dean to 99-2.
Competition president Graham Baxter presented trophies to all three teams and the umpires awarded Richard Eady the "Man of the Finals Trophy". The competition Six Hit winner was Eddie Relihan of Eltisley with 14 sixes in this year's competition.
Dean added the trophy to the Coote Cup, which they lifted five weeks ago after defeating Eltisley in the final.
IN the final league games of the season in Division One, Huntingdon ended their campaign in third spot after a 33-run win at lowly Alconbury. They managed to reach a respectable 180-7 and Alconbury were always off the pace as they were dismissed for 147.
Ramsey II, the league's basement club, finished the season well beaten by Dean. Shalinder Singh (103) hit his first ever ton for the club and Tom Agnew (66) pushed the Dean total to 239-6, even though veteran Hedley Swannell (3-33) proved he still has what it takes. Ramsey were shot out by the ferocity of Richard Eady (6-21) for just 104.
Sawtry's poor season ended with a seven wicket defeat by Orton Park. Their 136 runs were never a competitive total and Park cruised to 138-3.
GODMANCHESTER III totalled 228-7 to record an easy win over Buckden who managed just 118.
Warboys beat bottom club Houghton & Wyton after smashing 244-3 - Ed Blissett (61) and Roger Allpress (50*) heading the charge. It was left to Steve Hill and Richard O'Leary, who shared six wickets from 10 overs each at a cost of only 34 runs, to bowl their opponents out for 138.
EATON Socon II suffered a defeat at the hands of AKXI on the final ball of the match.
They managed 167 but the visitors reached the total with just two wickets remaining. Carl Baker's (43) and (3-47) efforts were not quiet enough to prevent defeat but they should still secure second place in the league next weekend.
Kimbolton II crashed to 47 all out after Bharat Sport had finished on 177 and Upwood II narrowly took the game against Yaxley II by one wicket as they reached 121-9 chasing Yaxley's 120
HILTON came down to earth with a bump against Eaton Socon III. After a run of five wins, Hilton were dismissed for 101 with Dave Greef (23) standing almost alone to defy the young Eaton Socon team, led by James Johnson (4-17). Ryan Brown (40*) then led from the front as Eaton Socon nipped in with 102-1 to take the points.
Orton Park II (128-5) saw off a spirited Sawtry II (124 all out).
HUNTINGDON II were made to struggle to 131 as Oliver Day (4-34) returned excellent figures for Brampton. Ian Purser (53*) and Andy Canham (53) were both in the groove to ensure Huntingdon were no match for Brampton as they managed 132-4.
DESPITE a victory on Saturday, Godmanchester II were unable to climb off the foot of the table.
The team bowled out Granta II for 162 and Goddy upset the form book with 163-6.
Ramsey took the honours in a good six-wicket win against Nassington. Grant DeKock (3-46) kept the visiting batsmen in check on a good strip as they reached a below par 162-6.
After the scare of four quick wickets Leighton Gilbert (52*) and James Markland (44*) saw Ramsey home to a six wicket win.
Waresley are almost certain of promotion back to Tucker 1 after romping to a 66-run win at the expense of Abington. Jay Szwajbak (54) was again in the runs as Waresley amassed 214-8 on Saturday. It was then the turn of Nigel Buckingham-Jones (4-26) to turn the screws as the visitors struggled to 148 all out.
Bottom club Kimbolton gained some pride after last week's debacle with a seven-wicket win against NCICC. Chasing just 103, Kimbolton got home with time and overs to spare with just three wickets down.
There was a first six-wicket haul for Matt Childerley (6-26) as Eaton Socon restricted Bluntisham to a very good 247-9. There was then a first ever first team ton for Jon Carpenter (100*), aided by Barry Cavilla (56) and Terry Day (44*) helping Eaton Socon make light work of the total to get home at 248-3.
St Ives signed off their league campaign with a loss at Doddington. The home side racked up 292 after Ryan Withers (5-32) had caused some scares. Rob Setchell (60*) and Steve Setchell (59) tried to get St Ives home but they eventually fell 246 all out.
Yelling had batsman Dominic Walker (85) in great form as they totalled 198-7 but it was all in vain as hosts Royston steamed home at 199-3 with six overs to spare.
Needingworth II ran up an easy win as they overshadowed a poor Waterbeach II side. Simon McCarthy (47) and Josh Stimson (45) led the way to a final team total of 245-7 and with Ben Carter (3-6) leading the bowlers, Waterbeach did well to muster 80.
Rest of Cambs League Results
Littleport (95) lost to Needingworth (129)
Somersham (82) lost to Isleham (134)
St Ives II (192/5) lost to Witcham (193-3)
Elsworth (187-8) bt Milton II (105)
March IV (209) bt Abbots Ripton (111)
Sutton II (215-5) bt St Ives IV (83)
Bar Hill II (117-9) bt Bluntisham II (24)
GODMANCHESTER'S EAPL season ended in abrupt fashion as they were dismissed in 25 overs for a paltry 85. Oliver Higgins (22) and Praneeth Jayasundera (44) scored virtually all of Goddy's runs in an innings that struggled to last two hours against neighbours Granta at Clare College in Cambridge.
Earlier, Granta batsmen had enjoyed themselves as they ran up a competitive 230. Dave McCallum (3-37) did his best to stem the runs.
WARESLEY once again demolished their opponents in this Beds 3 clash that saw them lift the title at Biggleswade. Laurence Bosher (78*) and Myles Cordeux (75*) put on an unbroken 147 for the fifth wicket after Matthew Ellerbeck (62) had helped Waresley on their way to 300-5. Chris Whitfield (3-30) and Terry Hayden (3-40) then contributed to Biggleswade II downfall as they were all out for 180.
HUNTINGDONSHIRE'S U17 side visited Derbyshire for their last match of the season but were denied a chance of victory by some mystifying umpiring decisions combined with as the first class county's decision to bat for 110 overs.
After bowling Derbyshire out for 347, the Hunts side had just 96 overs to chase down the target. Led by Jon Carpenter (95), who was given great support by Mohammed Qadeer (32), the Hunts side got to 315-9 at close to leave them feeling disappointed with the draw.
Warboys U15s put up a brave fight in the County U15 Cup Final against Peterborough Town. Daniel Wright (50) led the way in Warboys' 116, but Town sneaked home in the 19th over thanks to the efforts of Callum French (68*).
UFFINGTON batted first and made 176-6 against Eaton Socon, but that man Jon Carpenter (65*) was on hand to chip away at the total as Eaton Socon cruised in at 179-2.