Records tumble as Hunts ground the RAF

The Hunts team who beat the Royal Air Force by 69 runs on Thursday. They are back row, left to right

The Hunts team who beat the Royal Air Force by 69 runs on Thursday. They are back row, left to right, Matt Pateman, Chris Whitfield, Chris Gilthorpe, Mickey Hay, Kevin Clement (team manager), Ashley Wells, Paul Jefferson, front Josh Bowers, Tom McCarthy, Tariq Aiz, Josh Smith, Khaqal Arsal. - Credit: Archant

Two records were broken as Huntingdonshire powered to victory over the RAF yesterday.

Josh Smith became the youngest player to ever represent the county at senior level when being handed his debut at the age of 15.

He walked off with the man-of-the-match award after good contributions with bat and ball in a 69-run friendly triumph at Eaton Socon.

And 16 year-old St Ives star Tom McCarthy became the youngest player to skipper Hunts at senior level.

Hunts recovered from the loss of a couple of early wickets to amass a tally of 203.


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Youngster Smith top-scored as he fell two runs short of a half-century while Eaton Socon’s overseas ace Mickey Hay added a big-hitting 46 – 32 runs of which arrived in boundaries.

There was also a solid 33 from Godmanchester captain Matt Pateman and he was involved in a half-century partnership for the sixth wicket with Josh Bowers.

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Hunts’ bowlers then took command with Smith spinning his way to 3-34 as the RAF were dismissed for 135 with almost half of their 50 overs remaining.

HUNTS beat ROYAL AIR FORCE by 69 runs

Hunts 203 (J. Smith 48, M. Hay 46, M. Pateman 33).

Royal Air Force 135 (J. Smith 3-34).

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