CRICKET: Big-hitting Huntingdon & District star Graham Hudson toasts two tons in one terrific weekend
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Huntingdon & District star Graham Hudson hit two centuries in as many days last weekend.
The South African inspired a return to winning Cambs & Hunts Premier League ways with an unbeaten 110 off 92 balls in their Whiting & Partners Division Two success at Saffron Walden 2nds last Saturday.
And he was back in three figures again the following afternoon thanks to more big-hitting as the town club powered to the top of Division Three East in the Rutland League.
Hudson retired after smashing 116 off just 67 balls as Huntingdon & District thumped Long Sutton by 120 runs.
Saturday skipper Navid Ahmed said: “Graham’s innings at Saffron Walden 2nds last Saturday was a masterclass on how to bat on a proper wicket.
“He started off slowly, got himself set and then took on the bowlers. It was a chanceless display and he hits the ball incredibly hard and clean.
“His Sunday century was just brutal - it was fours and sixes galore, but it’s not just batting where Graham excels.
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“He is a fantastic fielder and some of the catches he has taken during his time with us are mind-blowing.
“He took a couple of great ones at Saffron Walden . . . the sort that any other fielder would have struggled to get to.”
It’s proving to be a pleasing campaign for Huntingdon & District. They sit sixth in Whiting & Partners Division Two after topping the standings briefly a few weeks ago, but are within one victory of new leaders St Ives.
Hudson was responsible for a shade over half of their 218-8 posting at Saffron Walden 2nds before some impressive bowling and fielding – with Hudson taking a couple of spectacular catches – restricted the home side of 207-6 in reply.
Young leg spinner Kaif Iqbal caught the eye with 3-34 while captain Ahmed - the leading wicket-taker in the division – took 2-41. His spin has now snared 24 victims in total during 2018.
Hudson then picked up where he left off by whacking 18 fours and four sixes during his mighty Sunday ton.
Captain Sheraz Ali (57) also contributed well as Huntingdon & District piled up 312-7 before removing visitors Long Sutton for 192 with Umar Anjum bagging 4-39.
That was Ali’s second half-century of the weekend. He hit an unbeaten 51 on Saturday as Huntingdon & District 2nds went down to Falcon XI by 30 runs in Division Three of the Hunts League.