Huntingdon & District’s fine return to Tucker Gardner Division Two continued as they stormed to the top of the table yesterday.
Freddie Khan’s men moved into pole position courtesy of a 76-run victory over Fordham.
Nomi Khan was a key figure with bat and ball. His unbeaten 28 and 27 from captain Freddie Khan provided valuable lower-order runs as the local side were dismissed for 171.
Nomi Khan then added three wickets and Nikhil Kumpukkal claimed four victims as Fordham were shot out for 95.
Previous leaders Blunham dropped to third after suffering a first defeat of the season and they were also leapfrogged by Eaton Socon who powered to a 94-run success against Weston Colville.
Jonny Carpenter continued his happy homecoming this summer with an unbeaten 144 – more than half of his team’s effort of 255-2 declared – before Ben Gowling grabbed 5-43 as Colville were seen off for 161.
An unbeaten 67 from Martin Burton guided Kimbolton to a seven-wicket win at Cambridge NCI as they eased past the hosts’ effort of 183-6.
It meant St Ives were the only local team to slip up at this level as they went down to Newborough by two wickets.
Tom McCarthy top-scored with 72 as St Ives were dismissed for 181 and the visitors passed their target inside the final over of their reply.
Godmanchester made light work of Ketton to continue their unbeaten start to the Tucker Gardner Division One season.
A powerful batting effort was followed up by one of their finest bowling performances so far to secure a 177-run success.
Paul Swannell top-scored with 78 (off just 84 balls) as the locals piled up 260-9 before skittling their visitors for 83. Wayne Bradley and Elliott Baldwin bagged three wickets apiece.
Joe Barningham took five wickets to help reigning champions Ramsey stay top of the table.
Barningham did the majority of the damage in an 84-run success at Nassington. Ramsey were dismissed for 165 before getting rid of their hosts for just 81.
A half-century from Tom Griffiths and four Jake Allcock wickets were the major contributions as Waresley jumped off the bottom of the table with a 20-run victory at Warboys.
Griffiths hit 57 of Waresley’s 165 total with Warboys bowlers Connor Withers (4-41) and Ben Duncan (3-30) enjoying productive afternoons.
But it was a score Waresley were able to defend once breaking up a strong third-wicket partnership featuring Matthew Cooksey (43) and Adam Pedlar (41).
Those two men departed in quick succession and only two other Warboys batsmen made it into double figures as they were removed for 145 with their shortage of runs again costing them dear.
Allcock led the bowling assault with 4-37 while Zac Ringrose, Nigel Buckingham-Jones and Jim Keys all claimed a couple of victims.
TUCKER GARDNER LEAGUE
GODMANCHESTER beat KETTON by 117 runs
Godmanchester 260-9 (P. Swannell 78, M. Pateman 50, S. Rose 30).
Ketton 83 (W. Bradley 3-21, E. Baldwin 3-22).
NASSINGTON lost to RAMSEY by 84 runs
Nassington 81 (J. Barningham 5-20).
WARBOYS lost to WARESLEY by 20 runs
Waresley 165 (T. Griffiths 57, C. Withers 4-41, B. Duncan 3-30).
Warboys 145 (A. Pedlar 43, M. Cooksey 41, J. Allcock 4-37).
CAMBRIDGE NCI lost to KIMBOLTON by 7 wkts
Cambridge NCI 183-6.
Kimbolton 188-3 (M. Burton 67no).
HUNTINGDON & DISTRICT beat FORDHAM by 76 runs
Huntingdon & District 171.
Fordham 95 (N. Kumpukkal 4-57, N. Khan 3-20).
ST IVES lost to NEWBOROUGH by 2 wkts
St Ives 181 (T. McCarthy 72).
WESTON COLVILLE lost to EATON SOCON by 94 runs
Eaton Socon 255-2 (J. Carpenter 144no, T. Banks 65).
Weston Colville 161 (B. Gowling 5-43).