Saturday cricket: Title-chasing teams gain in the rain

Tom Banks on his way to a century for Eaton Socon against Cambridge NCI.

Tom Banks on his way to a century for Eaton Socon against Cambridge NCI. - Credit: Archant

Godmanchester and Eaton Socon dodged the rain to boost their Tucker Gardner League title bids yesterday.

Godmanchester cut the gap on Division One leaders Ramsey by managing just over 30 overs of play at soggy March.

An abandoned fixture at the same venue last summer proved hugely costly to Town’s title bid as they were eventually pipped to the crown by Ramsey.

But this summer it may well work in their favour as they picked up half-a-dozen welcome league points after making 175-4 declared.

Opener Tariq Aziz was the star performer by clubbing 86 from just 83 balls while overseas ace Karabo Mogotsi was unbeaten on 37.

No further play was possible, but they still gained on their title rivals.

Ramsey, who face Godmanchester this Saturday, saw their trip to Burwell was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

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It was a similar situation at Waresley with no action possible against fellow strugglers Saffron Walden while only five overs were managed at Histon where Warboys scored 4-0 before the heavens opened.

Tom Banks became the third Eaton Socon player to score a century at Division Two level when helping his team climb into top spot.

The locals amassed 228-3 before the weather finally put a stop to their fixture against Cambridge NCI.

There was also a half-century for Jon Carpenter (50) with David Humphrey (46) falling just short of that milestone.

Eaton Socon leapfrogged Huntingdon & District who had no play at Abington. Games involving Kimbolton and St Ives were also abandoned before the start.