HUNTS LEAGUE: Hat-trick hero Phil Gillett helps Waresley 2nds to success in Division One

Phil Gillett celebrates his hat-trick during Waresley 2nds' victory against Godmanchester 2nds. Pict

Phil Gillett celebrates his hat-trick during Waresley 2nds' victory against Godmanchester 2nds. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM - Credit: Archant

Waresley 2nds bowler Phil Gillett certainly had cause for celebration last Saturday afternoon.

The 55 year-old took a hat-trick during his team’s victory against Godmanchester 2nds in Division One of the Hunts League.

The Hunts Over 50s star removed half-centurion Nick Willmer lbw for 50, had Mark Jackman caught and bowled Robert Howells in successive balls as his side triumphed by five wickets.

“At my age, every wicket is a bonus,” said Gillett. “So to take a hat-trick was very pleasing. It’s not the first time I’ve managed to do it, but it is certainly the first for a long time!”

Gillett took 5-29 in all during a memorable display as Godmanchester 2nds were dismissed for 151 - a target the hosts passed comfortably with Andy Parry top-scoring on 49.

Fantastic Fahim Akbar led Alconbury to victory with the ultimate all-round performance.

Akbar hit a century before taking five wickets in their Division Three clash against Ramsey 3rds.

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He was responsible for almost half of his side’s 224-9 tally courtesy of a fine innings of 109 - and he also starred with the ball to ensure it was successfully defended.

Akbar took 5-32 as Ramsey 3rds were dismissed for 201 with Riaz Anjum also taking a handy 3-30.

Josh Burgess was another player to impress with bat and ball at that level. He followed up 4-17 with a knock of 30 as Sawtry claimed a six-wicket win at Peterborough side Werrington by easing past a victory target of 82.

That game also featured a fine spell of bowling from Sawtry man Hayden Bream who took 3-5 from 10 ultra-tight overs.

Houghton & Wyton were also smooth winners in Division Three. Captain Michael Piaggesi (4-15) and Julian Hale (46) were the main contributors in a seven-wicket victory against Biggleswade.

Ryan Humphrey bashed an unbeaten 92 as Warboys 2nds made it back-to-back wins to start the Division Two season.

Darren Hyde also cracked 52 not out as they steered their side to a nine-wicket win at Nassington 2nds.

Brampton continued their smashing start to life in Division Four with a second successive victory.

Nick Long set them on the way to a four-wicket triumph at Orton Park 2nds with fine figures of 5-33 before skipper Ian Purser led their successful chase.

He fell one run short of his half-century, but did enough to steer his team into a winning position.

There was an even better bowling performance in defeat at that level. It came from Jake Tingey whose seamers produced a return 6-16 for Warboys 3rds during their two-wicket reverse against Peterborough outfit Bretton.

Ramsey 2nds extended their perfect start to the Division One season to three matches.

Dave Carlaw claimed 4-10 and Dean Jones helped himself to 4-24 as they secured a 22-run success at Peterborough side Hampton.

Those bowling exploits ensured their Peterborough hosts were dismissed for 195 in pursuit of their own posting of 217-9 which included stellar contributions from openers Damian Clarke (85) and Elliott Smith, who retired hurt on 63.

Eaton Socon 2nds are finding it considerably tougher to score runs in Division One. They suffered a second successive batting collapse when going down by nine wickets at Castor & Ailsworth after posting just 52.

They had also been skittled for just 87 by Burghley Park in their season-opener a fortnight earlier.

Umar Tariq and Richard Greiller both hit half-centuries to help St Ives’ Sunday side to a three-wicket win at Little Paxton in Division Five while Lucas Morton aided their cause with 4-32.