Local cricket round up for Huntingdon and District

Huntingdon & District CC v Ufford CC, Huntingdon bowler Nick Kumpukkal.

Huntingdon & District CC v Ufford CC, Huntingdon bowler Nick Kumpukkal. - Credit: Archant

Third-placed Huntingdon and District closed the gap on Division One league leaders Ufford Park with a home win, on Saturday.

Navid Ahmed took five for 34 as Ufford scored 174 with their last man run out on the final ball.

In reply, a duck for Andrew Wright and two for fellow opener Craig Leigh may have raised alarm bells for Huntingdon, but steady innings from Nikhil Kumpukkal (27) and Khaqan Arsal (64) put the home side back on track.

Needing 29 runs from the final wicket, Nomi Khan’s unbeaten 41 pushed Huntingdon to 175 with four overs remaining.

Ramsey II came away from Burghley Park with a defeat. Ashley Wells, Tim Willis and Vince Woodward took two wickets apiece as their opponents scored 183.

James Woodward, Steve Buddle (both 19), Elliot Smith and Edward Manchett (both 16) put Ramsey on track, but the travellers succumbed to 114 all out after effective bowling from Oliver Lindley (4-32) and Gareth Hook (4-26).

Rain meant Godmanchester II’s game again Southill Park was ­abandoned after 26 overs, with Eaton Socon II having a slightly shorter match which was called off after 23 overs.

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Waresley II maintained their march to the Division Two title with a win over Orton Park. The home side batted first after Orton won the toss and elected to bowl. Andy Parry’s 66 and Phil Masdin’s 34 helped them to 173-8

The visitors were 13 runs short when their final wicket was taken, with Terry Hayden the pick of the bowlers with four for 53.

Alconbury elected to bowl after winning the toss, restricting Barnack to 147-2 after a limited 34 overs. In reply, the away side, who took 10 players, managed to reach their 148 target with 13 balls and three wickets to spare.

Houghton and Wyton’s Michael Piaggesi took five for 25 as visitors Old Eastonians scored 151-8 from 42 overs. Julian Hale’s 39 and Greg Andrell’s 35 were not enough to take Houghton to victory within their limited 38 overs.

The result means they have slipped to second from bottom and one point from safety.

The rain also affected Sawtry’s game at Stamford. Josh Burgess (39) helped the visitors to 133-7 from 36 overs, but Stamford managed to reach their target in 19 overs.

Upwood moved from the root of Division Three with an away win over strugglers Newborough II. The travellers won the toss and elected to bowl, and despite Neil Tuffin’s best efforts (6-18), Matt Cawley’s unbeaten 69 took the home side to 120-9.

Mitch Newman (60no) did the damage for Upwood as they scored 126-8 to finish the day 12 points above bottom-placed Newborough.

Tom Agass (83 and 3-31) helped Bucken to a five-wicket victory over Huntingdon and District II. The home side took just 24.3 overs to reach their target of 137.

Warboys II elected to bowl against Bharat Sports and restricted the visitors to 117 all out with Josh England (4-33) and Brady West (4-27) inflicting the most damage.

Ryan Humphrey (52no) steadied the ship after the first four batsmen scored 20 between them as Warboys reached 119 after 35.4 overs.

A century from Martin Ruff was enough for bottom-of-the-table Yaxley II to inflict an 86-run defeat on Hemingford Park. Runs from Richard Whiteman, Jeremy Burrows (both 22) and Alex Weinle (19) were not enough to beat Yaxley’s 185.