East Anglian Premier League PAUL Swannell continued his incredible month as he recorded Godmanchester s best-ever bowling figures in the EAPL to skittle out second-placed Vauxhall Mallards for just 76. Swannell s figures of 8-27 in 16.2 overs stunned the
East Anglian Premier League
PAUL Swannell continued his incredible month as he recorded Godmanchester's best-ever bowling figures in the EAPL to skittle out second-placed Vauxhall Mallards for just 76.
Swannell's figures of 8-27 in 16.2 overs stunned the four-time league champions and left the home batsmen a simple task of recording a second successive victory - their sixth of the season.
At one stage Mallards had been reduced to 44-8 having been asked to bat on a bowler-friendly wicket. The next 26 overs were painfully slow as they yielded a mere 32 runs, but Swannell had the final word by ripping out the last two wickets.
A few early wickets left Ollie Huggins (37) and Michael Cafferkey (25) to build a match-winning partnership of 56, which saw Goddy home with 25 valuable points.
Hunts Division 1
ALCONBURY'S recent improvement continued as they outclassed Sawtry, who struggled to 81 all out. Andy King (5-9) proved to be almost unplayable, aided by skipper Neil Suckling (3-26). Sawtry grabbed a couple of early wickets but old head Richard Ewing (27) made sure of no further problems to see Alconbury home.
Dean's Tom Russell (78) must wonder what he has to do to be on a winning side. This week he put on 129 for the first wicket with Russ Eady (32) as Dean piled on 237-6. Orton Park had ideas of their own and in a thrilling finish hit a four off the last ball to win the match.
Huntingdon disposed of Ramsey II in fine fashion as they ran up 264-8. Mohammed Iqbal (78) and Navid Ahmed (85) punished the Ramsey bowling and Saqid Riaz (5-25) hammered home the advantage as Rams fell for just 116.
Hunts Division 2
WARBOYS' Richard O'Leary (5-25) turned in a fine bowling display against Perkins but as they were nipped out for 152. Disappointingly, Warboys could do little in reply and with the extras (22) top-scoring, they were dismissed for 129.
Hunts Division 3
HILTON were grateful to Tuddy Frost (32) and Mark Darlow (30) for providing enough runs for them to take the points against Hampton. Hilton finished on 155 but Hampton were caught short at 96 all out as Frost (3-18) and Dave Greef (3-10) sent the visitors home empty handed.
Hunts Division 4
SAWTRY II players looked anything but confident after being shot out for just 85 with extras (29) being almost twice that of the top scorer. Jack Skidmore (3-8) looked to have done enough to give Warboys II some much-needed points but disaster struck early in the Warboys innings and wickets fell at will.
Andy Fowler (5-16) rolled back the years and with Chris Baker (4-30) Warboys could only get to a paltry 59.
Eaton Socon III made the most of some ordinary bowling with Richard Nicklin (53) and Ryan Brown (41) scoring freely as Socon closed on 180-9. Hampton were always behind the clock and fell to 138 all out to give Socon some well-earned points.
Hunts Division 5
A TOP of the table clash at Brampton saw Great Staughton take the honours by 44 runs. Staughton were once again indebted to Aussie Gary French (63) who produced another good knock in Staughton's 146-8. Brampton's batsmen had no answer to the bowling of Dave Oddy (5-7) and were dismissed for 102.
Ramsey III turned in a match-winning performance against Warboys after posting a very good 206-9 with Elliot Smith making his first half-century for the club. The Ramsey bowlers then got to work and reduced Warboys to 40-4. Martin Lloyd (26) prevented total capitulation but Warboys were all out for 129 with Ed Manchett (5-12) the destroyer-in-chief.
Hunts League Round-Up
Newborough (159-3) bt Upwood (158-6), Wisbech II (160) lost to Godmanchester II (182), Uwood II (110) lost to Nassington III (175-6), Buckden II (47) lost to Castor II (49-0), Werrington (326-8) bt Buckden II (85), Upwood II (89) lost to Sawtry (118).
Tucker League 2
WARESLEY ground out 170-9 against Kimbolton with Steve Warman (38) and Phil Masdin (36) the main contributors. Lee Ingram (4-44) bowled well and was supported by Nick Borkett (3-47). Kim's reply never really got underway although Charles Mear (26) and Simon Lambert (17) tried to get things going in the middle order. Nigel Buckingham-Jones (5-27) made sure they only totalled 124.
Ramsey restricted Cambridge Granta II to 200-8 but their batsmen struggled to come to terms with the conditions and slumped to 145 all out.
Ian Reed (79) was to prove to be the cornerstone to Yelling's 180-9 against visitors March II. March then batted well throughout the top order to reach 184-5 with a couple of overs to spare.
Eaton Socon were never in the game against Khalsa as they subsided to 107 all out with Paul Field (33) and Terry Day (26) the only batsmen to make inroads on the bowling. Simon Cooper (3-41) looked the pick of the Socon bowlers but Khalsa cruised home with six wickets down.
NEEDINGWORTH'S 229-4 made it three in a row as they saw off Cherry Hinton, who made 150-9. James Baldock (35) got them off to a fine start and good knocks by Callum Mitcham (52) and Stephen Mitcham (67*) in the middle of the innings ensured a competitive total.
Early wickets and good spells of bowling by the Needingworth pack made sure that the hosts got nowhere near the target.
St Ives II proved far too strong for Girton as Rob Smith (108*) and Stephen Setchell (87) blasted Ives to 271-3. Girton were never in the race as the St Ives bowlers gave little away and Dan Hunt (4-49) mopped up the tail to leave Girton 102 runs shy of the target.
Chris Rogers (171*) hit the run trail in a big way at Doddington II as St Ives III cruised to what looked like a match winning 249-1. Doddington then set about the Ives attack in similar fashion and in a pulsating game reached 254-7 with a ball to spare.
Cambs League Round-Up
Camden (186-9) bt Godmanchester II (172), Cambs NCICC (113-3 ) bt Bluntisham (108), Thriplow (148-8) lost to St Ives (150-6), Somersham (140-6) lost to Grasshoppers (212/2), Cambs NCICC III (120-2) bt Elsworth (118), Ely II (181-8) bt Somersham II (118-2), Over II (121) lost to Cambourne (122-8), Bar Hill II (63-3) bt St Ives IV (61), Little Downham II (117) lost to Abbots Ripton (169-7), Elsworth II (135-6) lost to Granta V (137-2), Cambourne II (167-9) bt Needingworth II (140).
A YOUNG Huntingdonshire U17 side hosted a strong Warwickshire U17 side at Peterborough Town's ground in the first ECB U17 County Championship North Division 2 game of the season. Warwickshire, now coached by former Hunts development officer Gary Steer, won the toss and batted.
Hunts were led by 15-year-old Jon Carpenter (5-87) who once again proved his pedigree as he cut a swathe through the visitors batting.
The visitors, as expected, batted in depth and were finally dismissed for 360 in their first innings which included an outstanding knock from Ateeq Javed (139).
Hunts survived the few overs remaining on day one but day two saw play delayed until well after lunch as the weather had closed in.
When play got under way wickets fell steadily although night-watchman James Sykes (64) batted well as Hunts fell for 178. Forced to follow-on, Hunts made the most of the improving conditions and reach 138-4 at close with wicketkeeper Chris Budd (74*) looking comfortable as Hunts achieved the extra batting point.
THE Twenty20-style competition got under way with the first of three weeks of round robin games. Warboys entertained Eltisley and JACKs (Junior Alconbury Cricketers) in Group Three.
Game one saw Warboys record 130-6 with Dominic Hills (41) and Matt Duncan (34) doing the business with bat whilst Andy Browning (3-29) and Dominic Thomson (2-13) bowling well. JACKs fell short at 93-3 with Richard Ewing (33*) and Jack Moffett (38) leading scorers.
Game two saw Eltisley far too strong for JACKs, scoring 132-2 with Eddie Relihan (50*) leading the charge. Ewing (33*) again led his young team but 70-7 was well short.
Eltisley hit 113-3 in the final game against Warboys with Richard Mead (31) topping the runs stakes. Mark Petzer (4-18) then took a hand with the ball as Warboys finished on 90-7.
Smith Barry Junior Cup
IN a match reduced to 35 overs by rain, Huntingdon scored 217 with Zain Hussain (68) leading the assault on the Ramsey II bowlers. Ramsey's Matt Slack (4-53) and Pete Youds (5-86) took the wickets. Ramsey's reply started well but veteran Freddie Khan (6-30) restricted Ramsey to 170 with Damien Clarke (46) top-scoring.
JON Carpenter (53) and Terry Day (52) both hit well-constructed half-centuries against Whittlesey in Rutland 4 but it was all in vain. Socon's 141-5 was never enough to trouble Whittlesey, who cantered home by seven wickets.
Eaton Socon II suffered defeat to Whittlesey II in Rutland 7 by 42 runs. The home side amassed 253-9 and although Tony Reedman (75) produced a fine individual innings it was never enough to see his team home.
WARESLEY continue to dominate the minnows in the Beds 3 with Sharnbrook II feeling the power of the Waresley outfit. Nick Greenfield (66) and Chris Whitfield (63) scored the lions' share of the runs as Waresley topped 278 with the extras (51) also adding to the total. Sharbrook's 143 all out was about all they could have expected with wily Pat Ellerbeck (5-30) hunting down the rabbits at the end of the innings.
FENSTANTON'S Mike Piaggesi (93) batted well as his side chased Wollaton Park's 188-8 but all was in vain as they fell just 12 runs short.
WARBOYS U9s gained the bragging rights when they beat a good Upwood U9 team. Batting first Warboys totalled 179-1 with skipper Keiran Judd and Alex Daniel the main contributors. Upwood kept pace with the requirement until late in the innings when good bowling left them on 151-1
Huntingdon U15s entertained Eaton Socon and ran out clear winners. Huntingdon managed a below par 68-6 with Jack Harwood (19) top scoring. Socon started badly losing two wickets in the first over and Dan Coles (4-1) and Ryan Drage (3-10) whipped the visitors out for 33.