Handful of games survive the rain but Warboys may wish their’s hadn’t

ONLY one game survived in the two Premier divisions of the TuckerGardner League but Warboys’ efforts to get their game on only resulted in them losing by six wickets.

Their Premier Two opponents Newborough won the toss and decided to bowl – restricting the home side to 150 for nine wickets declared.

Adam Hyde got 46 and Matt Cooksley 42 – but, taking the weather into account, Newborough only needed 85 from 25 overs when they went in to bat and reached that target in just 22.3 for the loss of four wickets.

Hunts County Bats League

WARLSEY II’s visit to Burghley Park survived the weather last weekend – but a defeat up the A1 now leaves them battling to survive in Division One of the Hunts County Bats League.

Waresley won the toss and elected to field with the fear of heavy rain hanging over the match – and with 14 overs gone, Burghley had slumped to 47 for three through an impressive opening spell from Joe Colebrook.

But the heavens then opened and tea was taken early and, with play eventually resuming after a long wait, the game was reduced to 33 overs a side.

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With this in mind, Burghley batsmen Bahle Mhlanga (31) and Gareth Hook (31) hit out and racked up a number of sixes in a devastating spell.

Despite Pat Ellerbeck’s six wickets for 42 runs from nine overs – Burghley made an impressive 180.

Waresley began to accumulate the chasing runs with the unusual and unorthodox hitting of Chris Pierce making him a quick 31. There was also an impressive innings from Steve Lewis, who reached 32.

However, the fight back was all too brief and Waresley were eventually all out for 111 thanks largely to the impressive bowling of Tom Dolby who took four for 29 from nine overs.

In Hunts Two Eaton Socon II lost their game at mid-table team Cople Argus by four wickets.

Bob Nicklin, Ben Reedman, McCauley Clark and Ryan Vale were all out in their 30s as they set a target of 176, but Stuart Harding’s opening 84 set the tone for the home side’s innings and Argus reached 179 in 38.5 overs for the loss of six wickets.

Huntingdon II moved into third place in Division Three of the Hunts Bats County League with a narrow win at Biggleswade.

The Home side batted first in a 30-over rain-reduced game and made 139 for nine, mainly because of Conor Smith’s 76 and a plethora of dropped catches.

The evergreen duo of Adrian Rose (three for 19) and captain Freddie Khan (three for 17) were the best bowlers.

Huntingdon reached their target with just nine balls to spare thanks to the batting of Liam Gaynor who hit a neat 29 – and a fine 27 not out from Ben George at the end.


NEEDINGWORTH defied the weather to record a four-wicket win in their Cambs Cricket Association Junior Division Two A top of the table clash at home to second placed Wisbech.

Despite the threatening clouds and several showers both teams were keen to keep playing with the hosts opting to bowl first.

Wisbech started brightly with Shane Sleath (30) and Dean Dodman (36) putting on 60 for the first wicket.

A change of bowling brought a change of fortune for Needingworth however with Mohsin Khurshid (6-0-13-1), Glenn Morris (10-4-13-2) and Moody Yakub (9-2-21-3) putting a squeeze on the Wisbech batsmen and restricting the visitors to 127 for eight off 40 overs.

The run chase didn’t start well for Needingworth with the first three batsmen dismissed with just 20 on the board. But Callum Mitcham (46 not out) made a stand with some help from Ben Carter (18) and Mark Sirot-Smith (22) to guide the team home with 10 overs to spare.

ALCONBURY Cricket Club managed to fit in one match, last Thursday: an under-15s game at home to Godmanchester.

And batsman Harry Cotton was again amongst the runs as the home side secured a well-earned 16-run victory from the 20-over knock.

Batting first, Alconbury lost Josh Hawker early on but recovered with some positive batting by Matt Burgess before he was out LBW.

A superb partnership of 115 from Luke Moffett (31 not out) and Cotton, who fell just short of a maiden century with a fine innings of 92, left Goddy chasing 178 from three from 20 overs.

Goddy’s top order batsmen set about the home side’s bowlers with Jake Baines top scoring with 62 not out and, at 99 for two off 10 overs, the visitors looked in with a shout .

But some good slow bowling from Adam Ford (two for 25) and from Cotton slowed them down and the visitors eventually came up just short of their target finishing on 163 for six.

GODMANCHESTER TOWN will be holding a junior cricket event on Sunday (July 15).

Starting at 9.30am, with bacon rolls, there will be a mini six-a-side tournament beginning at 10am.

At 1pm there will be a barbecue before the main event: the senior team’s match against Stewarts & Lloyds from Corby.

“This is intended to be a fun day out for all the family, so bring family and friends along to enjoy a grand day out and an opportunity to get to know the club better,” said a Godmanchester spokesman.

For further information, contact Stuart Bryden on 01480 350016 or email the club at goddycricket@hotmail.co.uk