Round-up: Ives win to stay in Tucker 2 title chase
A full round-up of the cricket action across Huntingdonshire
RIPTON raced to a comfortable victory over Burwell in Cambs 5.
With Alex Carson (3-26) and Jevon Harrison (3-22) hitting the right spots, Burwell’s total of 146 all out looked light. Phil Wanstall (51) led the charge and Ripton needed just 25 overs to reach 147-3 for the win.
RYAN Withers (4-19) proved the pick of the St Ives bowlers at home to Weston Colville in Tucker 2.
The visitors scored a below par 170-7 which gave the St Ives batsmen few problems. Steven Smith (70*) and Bevis Moynan (39*) saw Ives to 172-3 after Reuan Williams (43) had got the reply off to a solid start.
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In Cambs 3A, Ives III found hosts Longstanton in uncharitable mood as they racked up 316-3, with the Ives bowlers struggling against a strong batting line up.
Robert Reagen (54) compiled a fine knock for Ives but they fell well short on 161-9.
Ives IV were made to work for the win against Soham II, who batted first and totalled 163 all out. Tony Nelson (56*) then steered the ship home as the Saints reached 164-4 in 39 overs.
Will Lygo finally overcame the nervous nineties to score 106 against Chatteris in the Fenland Trophy, helping St Ives to end their innings on 180-8.
The Chatteris reply was positive and led to a nail-biting finish, ending with a run-out on the last ball, and the hosts stranded all out on 179.
EATON bounced back from last week’s defeat by beating Waresley II by eight wickets in Hunts 1.
Waresley batted first and looked comfortable at 51 without loss but Adam Westbury (3-39) broke the opening partnership and the introduction of Joe Dawborn (6-6) caused it to implode. Waresley lost 10 wickets for just 22 runs to crash to 73 all out.
Eaton then smashed their way to the win in less than 12 overs with Carl Baker (32) again leading the run chase as Eaton took the points with 76-2.
Eaton rounded off a superb weekend with a seven-wicket win against Ramsey. Ramsey made 179-4 thanks to Dan Malem (81) and Steve Brown (37), with Jonny Carpenter (3-37) the pick of the Eaton bowlers.
Captain Terry Day (115*) led the chase in style and Ryan Brown’s (46) support saw the target reached with just three wickets down.
WARBOYS coasted to an easy win over Werrington in Rutland 6 after they had amassed 230-4 from their 45 overs. The Werrington batsmen had few answers to the accurate bowling and fell to 109 all out.
In Hunts 5, Warboys III took the spoils against Little Paxton after fine knocks from Connor Withers (68), Edward Trafford (48) and Ian Simpson (44). The Witches totalled 221-5 as, bar Rob Worrall (3-35), Paxton’s bowling attack struggled to find a good line.
Mark Burke (44) opened the reply for Paxton and good support came through the middle order with five batsmen reaching the twenties, but the lower order disintegrated to the bowling of Michael Avery (3-15) and Sam Valance (3-58) and Paxton’s reply stalled at 178 all out.
Warboys II fell to a six-wicket defeat against Hampton in Hunts 3. Warboys totalled 177-8 with stalwarts Richard O’Leary (49) and Graham Cross (42) propping the innings up.
Matt Lavender (2-47) made some inroads but the Hampton batting was always good enough to see them home at 178-4.
Sawtry’s last six batsmen all recorded 0 against their names as Warboys’ bowlers reduced them from 117-2 to 129 all out in their reply to Warboys’ 196-8.
Visitors Warboys had been invited to bat and top-order contributions from Frank Gloster (57), Alex Grange (44) and Ryan Humphrey (29) gave the backbone to the final total. The cagey bowling of Sawtry’s Brian Chapman (4-42) kept the runs in check.
Sawtry were given a platform to reply by Robert Nelson (46), Jim Davis (24) and Ian Banal (20), but they were swept away by Steve Hill (5-4) and Alex Grange (4-42).
UNDERSTRENGTH Needingworth batted first against Isleham and made a good start through Mark Sirot-Smith (31) and James Baldock (28).
However, only Ian Armstrong (32) could build on the opening stand and a final score of 152 looked vulnerable. Isleham’s opening pair exploited some ordinary bowling to put on 127 for the first wicket and Isleham cruised to 153-1.
DEAN proved no match in Hunts 1 despite a poor batting display from Huntingdon.
Huntingdon were reduced to 86-8 before Aussie Joel Marion (40*) led the recovery to 140 all out. Dean then had to deal with Marion’s bowling (3-9) and with Shahbaz Amar (4-18), Dean fell apart at 76 all out.
Huntingdon II got the better of Alconbury II in Hunts 4 after restricting the visitors to 164-4. Freddie Khan (3-14) returned from injury to record good figures. The run chase was completed in 30 overs as Dan Till (58) and Nathan Pond (45) hauled Huntingdon to 165-6.
Nick Kumpukkul (98) topped Huntingdon III’s batting against Khalsa II in Hunts 5, but it proved in vain as Khalsa hit 179-8 to take the points.
THE weather thwarted Fenstanton when they visited Burrough Green II in Cambs 4B. Mark Everest (63*) was on fire until the rain came to end the match.
MATT Rawlings (133) scored a peerless century for Waresley in their Tucker 2 draw against Babraham.
Support for Rawlings came from Phil Gillett (55) and a final total of 242 -7 looked safe. Babraham began solidly with an opening stand of 93 but the shutters went up at 152-7 and they played out the overs to secure the draw at 198-7 with Gillett (5-47) adding to his good day’s work.
MICHAEL Cafferkey (63) led the way for Huntingdonshire as they outgunned the Army at Godmanchester.
The Army, the combined services champions, batted first against a side they had beaten four times in the last five meetings and were made to work for their final total of 231-7.
Cafferkey was supported by Alan Burton (41), Ashley Rodgers (41) and Trent Pascoe (39*) as Hunts got home with more than 11 overs to spare.
Hunts face Middlesex Academy at the St Ivo Centre on Sunday at 11am.
Waresley duo Kevin Cole (2-49) and Pat Ellerbeck (1-15) took Hunts O50 to only their second win in 15 years over Norfolk. Hunts had totalled 326-3 with Nick Andrews (150) and Gary Scotcher (108*) in form.
Tight bowling from Cole and Ellerbeck, aided by good spells from Kimbolton’s
Martin Moore and Buckden’s Steve Cox, saw Norfolk restricted to 207-7.
In the first round of the U12 Jefferson Trophy, Huntingdonshire’s 108-2 beat Bedfordshire’s 107 all out.
Elliot Smith (41) and Robert Sayer (24*) helped Hunts U15 to reach 101-4 in reply to Buckinghamshire’s 100 all out in the U15 County Cup 3B. Elliot Cafferkey (4-23) was in excellent form with the ball.
In the ECB Women’s U13 County League East, Hunts Girls’ total of 93 all out was not enough to beat Cambridgeshire’s 146 all out. For Hunts, Karla Durham took 4-15 and Rebekah Foster-Collier top-scored with 29 not out.
Warboys 160 beat Houghton & Wyton 150.
Ramsey 262-4 (Tom Hodgson 17) beat Upwood 239-4 (Mark Saunders 3-4).
Warboys 310 (Kieran Judd 33) beat Ramsey 303.
Warboys 89-8 (Kieran Page 4-10) lost to Sawtry 90-8 (Liam Littlefair 24).