CAMBS & HUNTS PREMIER LEAGUE CRICKET: Ramsey man Towerton is the talk of the Town; Division One leaders Eaton Socon are beaten; St Ives see off Huntingdon & District in the big Division Two derby
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Man-of-the-moment Jake Towerton delivered another mighty performance to lead Ramsey to Cambs & Hunts Premier League derby glory yesterday.
The red-hot Australian ace hit an unbeaten 121 as his side held off local rivals Godmanchester Town by 17 runs in a high-scoring Whiting & Partners Division One clash at Cricketfield Lane.
Towerton, who hit an unbeaten double-ton the previous weekend, cracked 15 fours and two sixes off just 75 in his latest swashbuckling innings as Ramsey racked up 295-5.
Captain Michael Cafferkey also contributed a useful 79 while Charlie Morrison added a fast 40 in the middle order.
Godmanchester lost openers Matt Durrant and Joshua Wesson early in their reply to Jon Cade before Amit Gupta hit a boundary-laden 45, but they were 106-4 when he became one of the four victims of star Ramsey bowler Dave Carlaw.
The veteran seamer’s 4-41 exploits helped to reduce Town to 148-7 but James Sykes then cut loose with a big-hitting 77 off just 42 balls – 66 of those runs arriving in boundaries thanks to nine fours and five sixes.
Sykes eventually fell to Ramsey captain Cafferkey whose younger brother, Elliot, then claimed finished the job by removing Elliott Baldwin, who put on 47 for the final wicket with James Cowan.
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Eaton Socon remain in top spot despite being beaten at Sawston & Babraham yesterday.
Captain Jonny Carpenter was his side’s leading batsman and most effective bowler as they succumbed by four wickets.
Carpenter hit 71 and youngster Ollie Jefferies added 61 as they featured in a 127-run partnership for third wicket after Eaton Socon found themselves 5-2 early on.
But the dismissal of Jefferies sparked a collapse that saw the locals lose their final eight wickets for the addition of just 44 runs to finish 176 all out.
And that proved insufficient as the Sawston & Babraham eased to victory with almost four overs to spare despite Carpenter taking 3-27 with his spin.
There was no joy again for the bottom two sides yesterday.
Waresley fell to a 64-run home reverse at the hands of March Town after being removed for 144 in pursuit of their visitors’ effort of 208.
Dominic Farr hit 54 of the Waresley runs before becoming one of the many victims of March overseas man Saranga Rajaguru, who claimed 7-21.
A century from captain Jason Redinger was not enough to earn basement boys Kimbolton a first win of the campaign as they went down to Wisbech.
The South African ace hit 18 fours in his 100 and was responsible for almost half of the local side’s tally of 201-8.
St Ives leapfrogged Huntingdon & District in the Whiting & Partners Division Two standings after winning the derby clash between the two sides yesterday.
The home side triumphed by 68 runs at the One Leisure Outdoor Centre to climb into third place after putting 236-7 on the board before removing the visitors for 168.
Former skipper Ricky Greiller (74) and current captain Jack Haycock (63) impressed with the bat for St Ives with Huntingdon & District left to rue dropping the latter when he was still on zero.
Matt Wells (4-30) and former Huntingdon man Nick Kumpukkal (3-24) led the way with the ball for St Ives with visiting skipper Navid Ahmed (59) providing the most resistance.
CAMBS & HUNTS PREMIER LEAGUE
Whiting & Partners Division One
KIMBOLTON lost to WISBECH by 5 wkts
Kimbolton 201-8 (J. Redinger 100, C. Gilthorpe 50).
RAMSEY beat GODMANCHESTER TOWN by 17 runs
Ramsey 295-5 (J. Towerton 121no, M. Cafferkey 79, C. Morrison 40).
Godmanchester Tn 278 (J. Sykes 77, A. Gupta 45, D. Carlaw 4-41).
SAWSTON & BABRAHAM beat EATON SOCON by 4 wkts
Eaton Socon 176 (J. Carpenter 71, O. Jefferies 61).
Sawston & Babraham 180-6 (J. Carpenter 3-27).
WARESLEY lost to MARCH by 64 runs
March 208 (D. Cummins 3-20).
Waresley 144 (D. Farr 54).
Whiting & Partners Division Two
ST IVES beat HUNTINGDON & DISTRICT by 68 runs
St Ives 236-7 (R. Greiller 74, J. Haycock 63).
Huntingdon & District 168 (M. Wells 4-30, N. Kumpukkal 3-24).