Galleries: Controversy clouds Goddy’s slim defeat

Cockspur Cup PAUL Swannell s Godmanchester suffered the heartbreak of losing to Kibworth in controversial fashion amid gathering gloom at The Parks after the scores finished level and Goddy had lost one more wicket. The visitors had won the competition a

Cockspur Cup

PAUL Swannell's Godmanchester suffered the heartbreak of losing to Kibworth in controversial fashion amid gathering gloom at The Parks after the scores finished level and Goddy had lost one more wicket.

The visitors had won the competition at Lord's in 2006 and finished runners-up last year, but in difficult conditions could only manage 144-9 in their innings.

In the poor light Godmanchester's reply got off to a nightmare start and at one stage they were 12-3.

Matt Pateman (33) and Stuart Houghton (36) put together a solid partnership of 66 before both fell and the lower order made a bid for victory but Elliott Baldwin seemed harshly adjudged caught behind to leave the home side frustrated.

"We were beaten because we lost one more wicket than Kibworth," said Swannell. "But Elliott was sure he never got a touch on that vital delivery. It was a match we should have won after recovering from a bad start but we lost wickets unnecessarily in our chase for victory."

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AFTER two successive away defeats Godmanchester returned to second spot in the league table with their first-ever victory over Great Witchingham.

The star performance came from pace bowler Elliott Baldwin (5-40), who recorded his best figures for two years as the home side folded to 180-9 on a damp wicket. Witchingham's New Zealand opening bowler Lance Shaw (4-54) returned his side's best figures - including the wickets of Ollie Huggins (43) and Matt Pateman (60) - but he received little support from the other bowlers. Adam Cousins (47*) made sure the points came back to Goddy with his best league score to date.

Cambs Senior 2

YELLING nipped Over out for just 127 and wasted no time in sealing the win. They reached the required target in 35 overs, losing only three wickets, Ian Reed (38) and Dominic Walker (40*) dominating the bowling.

Cambs Junior 3A

FENSTANTON must have thought that their score of 114 was below par despite Tommy Newman (26*) making the most of some lusty blows.

Their bowlers had other ideas and soon got to work on the Littleport batsmen. Mike Piaggesi (4-12) and his team-mates ran through them to dismiss their opponents for 83.

Cambs Leagues Round Up

GODMANCHESTER II (87) lost to Burwell (89-4), Ramsey (149-9) beat Camden (130), Bluntisham (108) lost to Abingdon (143), St Ives (129-2) beat Horseheath (127), Needingworth (130) lost to Longstanton (131-3), Somersham (106) beat Newmarket (54), St Ives II (96-6) beat Wilburton (95), St Ives III (79) lost to March (80-4), Somersham II (156-9) beat Doddington II (131), Cambourne II (164-9) beat Cottenham III (155-7), Longstanton II (139) beat Needingworth II (133).

Tucker Division 2

HAVING won the toss, Eaton Socon had no hesitation in asking Kimbolton to bat on a difficult wicket. Kim looked to have mastered conditions and seemed set for a competitive total at 72-2 but Richard Stockley (5-15) undermined the fragile lower order and the last eight wickets fell for just 21 runs.

Eaton secured their third league victory as they reached 94-5 due to major contributions from Paul Field (39) and Jon Carpenter (23).

Waresley suffered a home defeat to Castor after putting the visitors in to bat on a damp wicket. Castor batted sensibly but slowly to establish a score of 150-7 and then bowled a good line to prevent Waresley getting close to their total. Chris Asque (23) and Laurence Bosher (24) did their best but 123 all out didn't threaten Castor's score.

Hunts Division 1

SAWTRY comfortably beat Dean by 48 runs. On a difficult wicket, Sawtry were bowled out for 133, with Alun Hollocks (28) and Ian Bonsall (31) the only real contributors. Dean struggled to come to terms with the accurate bowling of Sam Journee (3-26) and collapsed to 85 all out.

Huntingdon's game against Burghley Park was a real non-event. The Park side managed just 18 overs at the crease and were all out for a paltry 38 with Saqib Riaz (6-21) doing most of the damage. Huntingdon needed only 13 overs to take the points.

Elsewhere, Alconbury (105) lost Newborough (106-2).

Hunts Division 2

WARESLEY fell to a 30-run defeat against Nassington despite the best efforts of Phil Gillett.

Home side Nassington struggled to 159 all out with Pat Ellerbeck (3-24) and Jim Keys (3-42) helping in the demise of the batting side. Waresley's response bordered on disastrous and they were soon 38-5 but Gillett (42) steadied the ship before a late slump left them short of the target.

Upwood made sure neighbours Ramsey II left empty handed by handing out a 170-run drubbing. Pieter Hattingh (112) batted soundly and was well supported by Tuffin brothers Neil (42) and Steve (31) as the score closed at 259-6.

Any hope Rams may have had vanished with the introduction of James Markland (6-6) together with a good spell from Matt Page (3-18).

After dismissing Godmanchester III for 185, Warboys were made to struggle in reply and closed their innings 29 runs short at 156 all out.

Elsewhere, Houghton (153) lost to Ufford (154-2).

Hunts Division 3

BATTING first Eaton Socon II compiled 215-5 against Kimbolton II. Solid, if not spectacular, batting by Tony Reedman (60 *) and Nick Stocking (41) made sure of the competitive total.

An all-teenage bowling attack then enjoyed skittling out Kimbolton for 96, Carl Baker (3-19), Chris Jarratt (2-14) and Ben Reedman (2-22) doing the damage - the only resistance coming from Ross Gibson (27*).

Elsewhere, Yaxley (165) were too strong for Upwood (108)

Hunts Division 4

ANDREW Spencer (8-17) tore through the Buckden II batting after Sawtry II had racked up 204-5. Matt Dunn (93) and Ian Bonsall (46) made the Buckden bowlers toil before Spencer led the way to the dismissal of Buckden for just 41.

Elsewhere, Hilton (99) lost to Orton Park (100-3).

Hunts Division 5

BRAMPTON crashed from a seemingly comfortable 93-2 to 113 all out with Duncan McGregor (32) and Andy Pegram (30) the only batsmen that came to terms with the conditions.

Great Staughton's batsmen fared even worse and with Gary Farmer-Wright (4-17) creating havoc and Ron Primavera taking three stumpings they fell to a miserable 63 all out.

Warboys III completed their innings on 184-9 thanks to big contributions from Ian Trafford (49) and Dan Wright (42).

Huntingdon II kept the finish line in sight and after a century opening partnership from Jake Moore (24) and Craig Leigh (102) they went on to win by three wickets.

Fenland Trophy

WARBOYS suffered at the hands of Somersham, who reached 149-8 batting first, with Hayden Beasley (44) showing a sound technique in trying conditions. Martin Lloyd (3-19) was the pick of the bowlers.

In reply the Warboys innings never really got under way with Sloane Kane (37) the only batsman to show a real appetite for the challenge as Warboys finished 35 runs adrift.

Junior Cricket

WARBOYS U9s fell to a 98-run defeat at the hands of Godmanchester U9. Goddy amassed 196-3 with Alec Bryden (36) doing most of the damage. Warboys failed to get to grips with the bowling attack and finished on 98-9.