HUNTS LEAGUE CRICKET: Homegrown youngsters star in Ramsey 3rds triumph

The Ramsey 3rds team, who beat Orton Park 2nds last Saturday, are back row, left to right, Sean Hill

The Ramsey 3rds team, who beat Orton Park 2nds last Saturday, are back row, left to right, Sean Hill, Harry Buddle, Steve Buddle, Alex Parkins, TJ Harding, Toby Harding, front row Tom Hodgson, Ben Saunders, Jack Hodgson, Oliver Parncutt and Alistair Clarke. - Credit: Archant

The future appears to be rather bright at Ramsey Cricket Club.

The club’s third team kept themselves in promotion contention in Division Three of the Hunts League with a four-wicket victory at Peterborough side Orton Park last Saturday.

But this was no ordinary triumph. It was achieved with a team featuring six homegrown players aged 16 or under – two of whom hit high-class fifties.

Fourteen year-old Ben Saunders celebrated a first half-century in senior cricket with 53 while 16 year-old Tom Hodgson finished unbeaten on 50.

Ramsey were also aided by a smart 61 from 52 year-old club chairman Steve Buddle and 36 from his son and skipper Harry Buddle as they successfully chased down their hosts’ posting of 225-7.

Saunders had earlier been the pick of their bowlers with 3-41 on a day when their line-up also included 12 year-olds Ollie Parncutt and Jack Hodgson, 14 year-old Alistair Clarke and Toby Harding (16).

Warboys’ title hopes received a blow as they went down by four wickets to Peterborough outfit Falcon XI.

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A big-hitting 47 from Sam Vallance, who is better known as a bowler, carried them to 137, but it was never likely to be enough.

Riaz Anjum found himself on the losing side at that level despite a fine all-round performance.

The Huntingdon & District 2nds man followed up 4-17 with a half-century as his side were beaten by 66 runs at Newborough 2nds.

Little Paxton continued their Division Four promotion challenge by beating Brampton for the second successive game.

Tony Storey hit an unbeaten half-century (51no) as they reached 220 before the exploits of Joe Jackson (4-24) and Lewis Ager (4-48) helped to dismiss Brampton for 144 and seal a 76-run triumph.

Opener Andy Canham (72) was responsible for half of beaten Brampton’s total.