HUNTS LEAGUE: Trio of terrific tons light up the Division Three landscape while spin stars step up Ramsey 2nds’ bid for top-flight success

Zubair Maqsood of Huntingdon & District 2nds on his way to a half-century in their Hunts League Divi

Zubair Maqsood of Huntingdon & District 2nds on his way to a half-century in their Hunts League Division Three defeat at the hands of Houghton & Wyton last Saturday. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Martin Heginbotham hit an unbeaten century as Houghton & Wyton swept to the top of Hunts League Division Three last Saturday.

Heginbotham (103no) was a constant presence during a successful chase in a seven-wicket success at Huntingdon & District 2nds which extended his side’s perfect start to three matches.

He was joined by skipper Michael Piaggesi, who racked up an unbeaten 86 of his own, as Houghton & Wyton breezed past their hosts’ offering of 214 with the minimum of fuss.

Abdullah Sheikh (64), Zubair Maqsood (50) and Waqas Mahmud (41) all contributed well for Huntingdon & District 2nds as Thomas Gough and Pete Waughman bagged three wickets apiece.

Houghton & Wyton’s haul of maximum points was enough to leapfrog Alconbury - themselves 60-run victors against Werrington - at the summit. Riaz Anjum (47no) and Fahim Akbar (4-11) were the star turns for them.

Sawtry opener Hayden Bream was another centurion in this section. His 101 helped them overcome Hampton 2nds on a superior run rate in a rain affected contest. Bream’s main source of support came from Luke Smith (43) as Sawtry posted 269-8 before Brian Chapman bagged 4-33 to ensure the hosts fell short of their revised target.

But the best knock of all came in another Division Three contest courtesy of Upwood man Ian Jones who plundered a mighty 166 in a drubbing of Newborough 2nds.

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Jones helped his side to 277-4 before three wickets apiece from Steven Tuffin and Ryan Drage removed the home side for 123 to wrap up a 154-run triumph.

Ramsey 3rds’ wait for a first success continued despite a 90-run opening partnership, but they failed to build on Harry Buddle’s 80 and 66 from TJ Harding when going down to Biggleswade, who breezed past their revised target without losing a wicket.

Ramsey 2nds are faring considerably better as spin stars Vince Woodward and Dean Jones stepped up their bid for top-flight honours.

Woodward claimed 4-16 while Jones bagged 3-7 as they removed their hosts for 129 to secure a 49-run success at Stamford which preserved one of two remaining perfect records after four matches of the Division One season – the other belongs to joint-leaders Castor & Ailsworth.

Jones had earlier top-scored with the bat, making 41 as his side posted 178-7. Elliott Smith, captain Damian Clarke and Matt Slack also made solid 30-plus contributions.

Another 100 per cent record at that level belongs to Eaton Socon 2nds - although it is of the unwanted variety.

They came up 56 runs short at Southill Park last Saturday when reaching 193-4 in response to their hosts’ offering of 249-3.

It was an improved effort from the Socon side though, with McCauley Clark making an unbeaten 69.

Buckden were blown away by eight wickets at Peterborough side Orton Park in Division Two despite a couple of excellent batting efforts.

Laurie Marsh cracked 75 and Sam McCrone hit an unbeaten 69 as the villagers posted 201-7, but it was a tally the home side sauntered past with 20 overs to spare.