Socon defeated by Ramsey in opener
A round-up of the latest cricket action from around Huntingdonshire
EATON SOCON got off to a losing start in Division One of the Hunts County Cricket League on Saturday as they lost at home to Ramsey seconds by five wickets.
The hosts got off to a poor start with the bat, falling to 21-4, although decent efforts from Joe Donnelly (41) and Chris Box (30) got them up to 157 before being bowled out in 44.1 overs.
Ramsey knocked the runs off for the loss of five wickets with Malcolm O’Grady making 54 as his team finished on 159-5.
Elsewhere in Division One, Huntingdon & District opened with a 26-run home victory over Warboys.
The hosts racked up 291-9 from their 45 overs while Warboys fell short in reply, finishing on 265-6 at the close of their innings.
In Division Three, Socon seconds recorded a four-wicket win at Ickwell seconds.
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Batting first, Ickwell made 203-8 with Dan Newman (3-32) the pick of the visiting bowlers before they reached their target with five balls to spare.
Chris Dickerson (57), Ryan Brown (52) and Bob Nicklin (35) all made valuable contributions with the bat.
Elsewhere in the division, Hampton strolled to a 101-run success at Warboys seconds.
Replying to Hampton’s 230-8, Warboys were bowled out for a meagre 129 in reply.
In Rutland League Division Five, Warboys were winners at Wisbech Town seconds by six wickets.
Having won the toss and opted to bat, the hosts were bowled out for just 154, Adam Hyde (4-22) the pick of the visiting bowlers.
Warboys reached their target with six wickets in hand, finishing on 155-4, Ryan Humphrey top scoring with 45.
The seconds, meanwhile, were on the wrong end of a 33-run defeat in their friendly at Chatteris seconds.
Graham Cross (4-38) shone with the ball as the home side made 249-9 in 40 overs after winning the toss and choosing to bat first.
The visitors managed to bat through their allotted overs but finished up well back on 216-7, Ian Simpson notching an unbeaten half century.
In Rutland Division Six, it was a bad day all round for Warboys seconds, who were thumped by 136 runs by Hampton.
After winning the toss and deciding to bowl, Warboys went on to drop eight catches as Hampton made a total of 192, although Samuel Vallance did stand out with three wickets.
But Warboys were then skittled out for just 56, handing Hampton a comfortable win.
• At county level, Huntingdonshire began their season with a creditable two-wicket victory over Northants seconds in their 50-over friendly at St Ives last week.
Young spinners John Carpenter and Rob Sayer led the way as Northants were reduced to 157-9 from their 50 overs before the hosts reached their victory target with three overs – and two wickets remaining – finishing on 158-8, Simon Cafferkey ending unbeaten on 33.
It was Hunts’ first victory over Northants since 1999.