Spin star back with a bang as Godmanchester warm up for top-of-the-table clash with win
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Kiran Adhav made a spectacular return to English cricket as Godmanchester warmed up for the biggest game of the Tucker Gardner League Division One season in winning style.
The Indian spin star announced his arrival back in the country with a vital haul of 5-25 as the locals beat relegation battlers Saffron Walden by 53 runs on Saturday.
There were also valuable contributions with the bat from Tariq Aziz (57) and Paul Swannell (52) as Godmanchester were dismissed for 209, but they looked up against it when the strugglers reached 119-2 in reply.
The game changed quickly though with four wickets falling without a run being scored and Saffron Walden eventually being shot out for 156 as Godmanchester stretched their unbeaten record to 14 matches.
It meant another maximum 25-point haul for Matt Pateman’s men ahead of their mouth-watering visit to table-toppers Wisbech this Saturday.
Reigning champions Ramsey’s hopes of retaining their crown look to be over after they crashed to a costly 90-run loss against Ketton.
Warboys are back at the bottom of the table after a six-wicket loss at Fordham. Liam Gaynor hit a half-century and was responsible for half of the local side’s total of 112.
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Waresley pulled clear of the drop-zone as two high-class individual displays inspired a 35-run success over Nassington.
Opener Charlie Lewis fell nine runs short of a century as the hosts were dismissed for 196 and teenage prodigy Josh Smith spun his way to figures of 5-34 with Nassington seen off for 161 in reply.
Eaton Socon are odds-on to be playing Division One cricket next season and continued their charge towards the Division Two title on Saturday.
Five wickets for South African ace Mickey Hay and an unbeaten 87 from opener Jonny Carpenter were the most notable individual contributions in a nine-wicket triumph at Fordham.
aton Socon now boast a commanding 42-point cushion over closest challengers Huntingdon & District who returned to second spot with a five-wicket victory at Cambridge NCI while Kimbolton kept their promotion hopes alive by prevailing by the same margin against Newborough.
St Ives dropped to third after sharing the spoils in a run-fest at Abington.
The two teams managed 568 between them with the hosts piling up 311-8 and St Ives making it to 257-7 in reply courtesy of a trio of half-centuries.
Openers Murray Reid (72) and Benjamin Thomas (53) put on 101 for the opening wicket while skipper Ryan Withers later added 51.
Withers had earlier claimed the wicket of Abington player Will Turner who scored the bulk of the hosts’ runs with 177 off just 123 balls.