Eaton Socon ignited their Cambs & Hunts Premier League title challenge by claiming the scalp of unbeaten leaders Saffron Walden yesterday.

Winter recruit Joe Dawborn and captain Jonny Carpenter were star performers with bat and ball as the hosts triumphed by six runs in a thrilling top-of-the-table Whiting & Partners Division One showdown at Peppercorns Lane.

Dawborn (54) and Carpenter (47) helped Eaton Socon reach 207-8 and they looked to be heading for a comfortable victory when reducing the pacesetters to 95-7.

Dawborn (3-19) ripped through the Saffron Walden top order before Carpenter and Joe Watling claimed two wickets apiece, but a 67-run stand for the eighth wicket dragged the visitors back into the contest.

Youngster Olly Jefferies claimed the vital wickets of Mihir Chandraker (53) and Ryan Dreamer (34) before Carpenter finished the job to end with figures of 3-41.

Eaton Socon now sit just four points behind Saffron Walden in the standings while Godmanchester Town, who were beaten by Saffron Walden the previous weekend, returned to winning ways yesterday to retain third place in the standings.

They beat Histon by 65 runs at The Parks after a valuable last stand with the bat was followed by some fine bowling.

An unbroken final-wicket partnership of 54 between Elliott Baldwin (34no) and Jason Coe (30no) carried the locals to 186-9 before they removed the visitors for 121.

Baldwin again excelled with the ball as he bagged 4-22 while star spinner James Sykes, fit after a knee problem prevented him from bowling against Saffron Walden, collected 4-26. Sykes has now taken 23 wickets for the concession of just 88 runs this season.

Godmanchester now host Eaton Socon this coming weekend.

Ramsey saw off Sawston & Babraham by 117 runs to claim a second successive victory.

Openers Michael Cafferkey (74) and Jon Cade (53) laid the foundations for a resounding triumph at Cricketfield Lane with a century stand.

Ramsey eventually reached 222-9 before removing the visitors for just 105. Taylor West (4-30) and Cafferkey (3-16) were the key men in a fine bowling display with Tom Hodgson also bagging 2-8.

Rock-bottom Kimbolton’s wait for a first Division One success continued despite a smart innings from their skipper.

South African ace Jason Redinger hit an unbeaten 72 but ran out of partners as they came up 57 runs short of victory at Foxton.

Chris Gilthorpe (3-30) and Lee Ingram (3-50) impressed with the ball for Kimbolton as their hosts amassed 220-9.

But the locals were dismissed for 164 in reply with Redinger and Hewa Atapattu (27) the only men to make contributions of note. The other nine Kimbolton batsmen were all dismissed in single figures.

CAMBS & HUNTS PREMIER LEAGUE

Whiting & Partners Division One

EATON SOCON beat SAFFRON WALDEN by 6 runs

Eaton Socon 207-8 (J. Dawborn 54, J. Carpenter 47).

Saffron Walden 201 (J. Dawborn 3-19, J. Carpenter 3-41).

GODMANCHESTER TOWN beat HISTON by 65 runs

Godmanchester Tn 186-9 (J. Wesson 39, E. Baldwin 34no, J. Coe 30no).

Histon 121 (E. Baldwin 4-22, J. Sykes 4-26).

KIMBOLTON lost to FOXTON by 56 runs

Foxton 220-9 (C. Gilthorpe 3-30, L. Ingram 3-50).

Kimbolton 164 (J. Redinger 72no).

RAMSEY beat SAWSTON & BABRAHAM by 117 runs

Ramsey 222-9 (M. Cafferkey 74, J. Cade 53).

Sawston & Babraham 105 (T. West 4-20, M. Cafferkey 3-16).