Kumpukkal stars as Huntingdon go top
A round-up of the latest action from around the local cricket scene
HUNTS COUNTY LEAGUE
HUNTINGDON sit proudly on top of Division One following their 15-run win over Ramsey seconds.
Nik Kumpukkal and Craig Leigh both scored 52 in their 203, with Ramsey bowler Vince Woodward claiming 5-37.
Kumpukkal’s 5-51 then inspired Huntingdon to victory, as the hosts were bowled out for 188, despite 46 from captain Matthew Taylor.
Kumpukkal’s fine all-round performance was capped with two catches in the field.
Huntingdon were helped by Eaton Socon, who recorded a shock win over morning leaders Ufford Park in a rain-affected match.
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Carl Baker (76) and Will Hall (60) stood out as Eaton posted an excellent 230-7 and they were well on top when rain finished the match early in the 28th over of Park’s reply.
The hosts ended on 72-6 as Eaton were handed the win by 79 runs.
Elsewhere in the top division, not even a chanceless century from Richard Wilcock could prevent Alconbury from a four-wicket defeat at Warboys.
Wilcock struck 105 at the top of the order for the visitors, but was the only player to make a big score as his side ended on 198-6 after 45 overs.
Then 63 from Sam Latchford saw Warboys over the line for the loss of six wickets in reply.
Sawtry smashed Biggleswade at home by 160 runs. Opener Luke Smith hit 83 while Ian Bonsall chipped in with an unbeaten 72 as the hosts racked up 213-6 from their 45 overs.
But that proved to be more than enough, as Biggleswade were shot out for just 53, with Ian Davis (4-22) and Bonsall (3-6) leading the charge.
In Division Three, Darren Humphreys (50no) notched his first-ever half-century to help Huntingdon seconds to a four-wicket win over Buckden.
Visitors Buckden batted first having won the toss and went on to make 156-6 in 45 overs, with bowler Stewart Staite bagging 4-46.
Then, despite slipping to 27-3 early on, Huntingdon went on to claim the victory with two balls to spare – 16-year-old Keiran Puckey duly hit the winning runs.
Eaton Socon seconds are back on top in Division Three after a 16-run victory at home against Upwood.
Having posted 220-6 from their 45 overs, Chris Dickerson then bagged 6-46 with the ball – including a stunning hat-trick – to help bowl Upwood out for 204, opener Peter Cleaver top scoring with 64.
Blunham seconds recorded a seven-wicket victory at home against Warboys seconds.
The visitors were bowled out for 100 in 30 overs, with Blunham reaching their victory target comfortably.
Brampton slipped to a four-wicket defeat at home against Yaxley seconds in Division Four.
A half century from opener Andrew Pegram was the highlight for Brampton, as some poor shot selection meant they collapsed from 120-3 to 151 all out, having been put in on a bouncy wicket.
Some inspired bowling from Duncan McGregor (4-47) helped reduce Yaxley to 30-5 in reply but, unfortunately for Brampton, the visitors recovered and reached their target.
In Division Four on Sunday, Ian Bonsall scored his second half century in as many days to help Sawtry seconds to a 99-run home victory over Orton Park seconds.
Sawtry made 194-8 in their 45 overs, before bowling Orton out for 95 in reply.
CCA JUNIOR LEAGUE
NEEDINGWORTH moved up to fifth in Division 2A following a seven-wicket win at second-placed Sutton – their fourth win on the spin.
Six wickets from Daniel Sherlock restricted the home side to 171 all out – recovering somewhat having been 32-4 at one stage.
Sherlock then led the way with the bat in reply as his unbeaten 62 guided the visitors home for the loss of three wickets with more than 10 overs to spare.
Bang in-form Abbots Ripton batsman Lee Smith made it back-to-back tons during his side’s 146-run victory at Somersham Town seconds in Division 4A.
Smith, batting at number three, hit 110 to guide the visitors to 244-6 from their 40 overs.
The hosts were bowled out for just 98 with Alex Carson (5-35) and Josh Marsh (4-14) starring with the ball.
It’s now more than 600 runs in his last five games for Smith, who smashed 192no last week.
EATON SOCON seconds enjoyed a seven-wicket win over Alconbury in Division Six on Sunday.
Four wickets from Carl Baker were the highlights as Alconbury were left eight down for 134, before Eaton reached their target easily for the loss of three wickets, Bob Nicklin top scoring with 63.
Warboys seconds lost by 87 runs at home against Weldon.
The visitors batted first and scored 247-3 off 45 overs, with Warboys bowler Chris Newton recording seven maiden overs in a row, finishing with a couple of wickets.
Dom Hills then hit 74 on his return to the Warboys line-up, although it wasn’t enough to help them to victory, as they were bowled out for 160.
HOLDERS Huntingdon retained the Christmas Cup after a thrilling nine-run victory over Ramsey seconds in the final.
Batting first on a slow wicket, Huntingdon made 133-6 with N Butt (29) top scoring and Ed Manchett (3-43) the best of the home bowlers.
In reply Ramsey were in trouble early, but 31 from Pete Youds and 29 from James Markland gave them a sniff.
They needed 12 off the last over, but Nik Kumpukkul’s 3-28 sealed the win and the man of the match award for himself.
RESURGENT Godmanchester Town kept their hopes of promotion to the EAPL from Tucker One alive by earning a 110-run victory at reigning champions Camden.
Goddy owed much to the standout performance of Elliott Baldwin (6-31), who ripped through the home batting line-up and help bowl them out for 76.
Earlier, the visitors had scored 186-9 for their 45 overs with Baldwin ending unbeaten on 33 down the order.
Not far behind Goddy in third are Ramsey, who will also still have their sets set on promotion after they ran out seven-wicket winners at Foxton, who they leapfrogged.
David Carlaw was the pick of the Ramsey bowlers with 6-48 as Foxton were bowled out for just 119, before opener David Clarke (57no) saw them home in 20 overs.
As it stands, the title is March Town’s to lose who, after their victory at Ickwell, opened up a 27-point lead at the top, with 10 league games to go.
Meanwhile the slump continues for St Ives, who could only muster a meagre 47 with the bat as they crashed to a heavy 98-run defeat at Wisbech Town.
The collapse undid all the good work done earlier by bowler Ryan Withers, who took 6-36 to help bowl the hosts out for 145.
In Tucker Two, Waresley slipped to their second consecutive defeat – an eight-wicket reverse at Saffron Walden seconds.
A number of batsmen got starts, but the 205-8 they posted was no where near enough as Saffron quickly bashed their way to victory for the loss of only two wickets.
The loss means that Waresley allowed Saffron to jump above them into second place.
A half century from Nick Willmer (65) could not prevent Godmanchester Town seconds from a two-wicket defeat at home against Cambridge NCI.
The hosts scored 194-8 from their 48 overs, but Cambridge sneaked home with four balls to spare.