BLUNTISHAM got away to a flyer in their opening Tucker League cricket fixture against Saffron Walden. On a slow wicket Bluntisham were indebted to Darren Fordham (45) and Paul Briggs (43) as they scrambled to 155 all out. Any thoughts of a Walden win wer
BLUNTISHAM got away to a flyer in their opening Tucker League cricket fixture against Saffron Walden. On a slow wicket Bluntisham were indebted to Darren Fordham (45) and Paul Briggs (43) as they scrambled to 155 all out.
Any thoughts of a Walden win were quickly banished as Howard Matheson (4-40) and Paul Bigger (3-6 from seven deliveries) put in good bowling performances to send the Safron batsmen back to the pavilion for 122 all out.
Waresley started the season in fine style with a 20-run win against Sawston.
Chris Asque (33) and Laurence Bosher (31 not out) helped the side to 145-9.
Two early run outs gave Sawston too much to do and they fell for 125 all out.
Kimbolton started the season in interesting fashion as Lee Ingram (31 not out) helped them limp to 71 all out against Castor. But the visitors then made a mess of their innings against the bowling attack of Tom Gilthorpe (5-17) and Josh Spink (4-35) to be dismissed for just 60.
Ramsey took a real battering at Godmanchester II as they fell to a paltry 75 all out, Adam Rendall (8-17) proving a real handful. Godmanchester knocked off the runs for the loss of just four wickets.
Eaton Socon did no better against Cambs NCICC as they could muster only 93. The Cambs outfit then smashed their way to 94-4 for a comfortable win.
In the Hunts leagues Ramsey III and Great Staughton met each other in league four after they had both won promotion last year. Ramsey came out on top after Staughton were restricted to 100 all out. Ramsey reached the target with four wickets to spare.
Upwood II lost to Bharat after scoring 151-7, Neil Tuffin and Matt Taylor (both 39) holding the innings together. Bharat crept home with a wicket to spare after Taylor (4-24) had caused the odd scare.
Upwood III lost to league new-boys Longstowe. The Upwood score of 96 all out proved far from enough as Longstowe reach 97-4.
Warboys II looked far from happy at 115 all-out but Sam Latchford (3-13) and Chris Hoy (3-15) ripped through the St Neots batting to dismiss them for 88.
There were runs galore at Orton Park II who racked up 239-4 against Eaton Socon III. In reply Socon fell just short at 206 all out.
In Rutland 3 Ramsey had little trouble in seeing off Finedon as Nick Rushton (5-6) destroyed the opposition who could only total 90.Ramsey cruised home as Damien Clarke (47 not out) and Andrew Stewart (38 not out) made sure of a 10-wicket win.
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