HUNTS LEAGUE CRICKET: Ramsey side condemn table-toppers to a first defeat for two years; Hemingford Park are high scorers; derby delight for Little Paxton; Eaton Socon side developing nicely

Ollie Stevens helped Ramsey 3rds beat Division Three leaders Bretton in the Hunts League.

Ollie Stevens helped Ramsey 3rds beat Division Three leaders Bretton in the Hunts League. - Credit: Archant

Ramsey 3rds produced one of the most eye-catching results of the Hunts League season last Saturday – but another team was unable to take advantage.

The Ramsey outfit, admittedly boosted by the inclusion of a handful of second-teamers, dished out for a first defeat for two years to Division Three table-toppers Bretton.

Openers James Woodward (51) and Chris Parkins (49) put on a century for the opening wicket before a stylish 63 from Ollie Stevens helped Ramsey 3rds reach 239-9.

And that proved to be just enough as Peterborough side Bretton finished on 234-9 after being unable to claim the six they required from the final ball of their innings, bowled by Harry Buddle, to snatch victory.

Vince Woodward (3-34) and Sean Hill (3-56) were the most successful Ramsey 3rds bowlers as they strengthened their own promotion claims.

Their success also gave second-placed Warboys the chance to close in on the leaders, but they couldn’t make the most of the opportunity as they were beaten by another Peterborough side in another high-scoring contest.

Matt Lavender’s men came up 14 runs short against Kings Keys after dismissing the visitors for 269. Sam Vallance (46), Ian Trafford (43no), Josh England (36) and Jack Pearson (33) all scored solidly, but the promotion challengers couldn’t quite reach a demanding target.

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Philip Wright (66no) and Riaz Anjum (60no) put together an unbroken 137-run partnership to steer Huntingdon & District 2nds to an eight-wicket win against Hampton 2nds at that level.

They cruised past the visitors’ offering of 193 with Richard Wyatt (3-6) and Kaif Iqbal (3-37) earlier impressing with the ball.

Hemingford Park were the highest-scoring Hunts League team last Saturday as they powered to Division Four success.

An unbeaten century from Nick Walpole (123no) and a boundary-laden 71 from Jeremy Burrows helped the locals to 302-6 before they restricted their opponents to 234-9 to close out a 68-run victory.

Little Paxton were a good bet to see off Brampton in a local derby clash at that level – thanks to a top-scoring performance from William Hill.

He was responsible for 72 of his side’s 233-5 total before they skittled Brampton for just 58. Tommo Newton led the way with 3-5 while brothers Reece and Troy Beavis, and Darren Storey, all bagged two wickets apiece.

Adam Dean was a key performer as Upwood beat Nassington by 54 runs in Division Two.

Dean hit a valuable 39 from the lower order to carry Upwood to 165 before taking 3-9 as they removed their hosts for 111.

Brian Chapman bagged 4-13 and Hayden Bream hit an unbeaten half-century as Sawtry brushed aside Waresley 2nds by six wickets after getting rid of their opponents for just 94.

There was no joy for local sides in Division One as Buckden went down to table-toppers Newborough by three wickets and Eaton Socon 2nds were seen of by Bharat Sports by eight wickets.

Eaton Socon’s ‘Development’ side fared better the following day when breezing to a 10-wicket triumph in Division Five.

Daniel Wood hit an unbeaten 122 off just 97 balls and partner Jack White finished 68no as they breezed past Upwood’s 193-9.