CRICKET: Winning start for St Ives & Warboys, club legend can’t rescue Huntingdon & District, Kimbolton triumphed in a battle of the relegated sides
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A new era began in successful style in the Cambs & Hunts Premier League last Saturday.
The St Ives & Warboys first XI triumphed in their first outing since a winter merger which saw the two local clubs join forces.
Captain Jack Haycock smacked an unbeaten 65 as his men saw off Castor & Ailsworth by eight wickets in a rain-affected clash at the St Ivo Outdoor Centre.
Veteran Shaun Asplin (4-22) and young talent Michael Speed (3-19) spearheaded a fine bowling effort as the visitors were dismissed for 113 and St Ives & Warboys had no trouble in easing past a revised to cruise to victory.
“A win on Saturday was a perfect start,” said skipper Haycock. “It was one of those days where just about everything went right.
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“We won the toss, Shaun in particular bowled superbly and then we got off to a flyer with the bat.
“The weather made things a bit nervy as we had to come off for rain four times while chasing, but we got there in the end.”
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A first success was swiftly followed by a first defeat as St Ives & Warboys went down by four wickets at Blunham on Bank Holiday Monday.
Former skipper Ryan Withers, who is now based in Australia but back in this area for a month, top-scored with 32 as the locals were dismissed for 128 before their Bedfordshire hosts eased to victory.
“It was a tough defeat to take,” added Haycock. “I felt 128 was actually a par score on a green and slow pitch, but one of the Blunham openers smashed 42 off 26 balls and that proved to be a match-winning contribution.”
It meant Blunham claimed a second local scalp in the space of three days after they inflicted defeat on Huntingdon & District last Saturday.
A top-scoring effort and a five-wicket haul from returning club legend Nomi Khan was not enough to rescue the situation at St Peters Road in another rain-affected fixture.
Huntingdon & District were dismissed for just 90 with Khan (27) helping them recover to some sort of respectability from a dreadful start which reduced them to 10-5.
He then swooped for 5-35 as Blunham edged to their revised target of 76.
Kimbolton triumphed at Waresley in a clash of two local sides who suffered relegation last summer.
Sam Johnson top-scored with 41 as Waresley reached 194-9, but Kimbolton reached a revised target of 170 with four-and-a-half overs to spare.
Nick Borkett was their star performer as he followed up three wickets with a knock of 51