Sweet revenge for table-topping Eaton Socon
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Eaton Socon exacted a sweet slice of revenge as they continued their march towards the Tucker Gardner League Division Two title yesterday.
Terry Day’s side avenged their only defeat of the season so far when breezing to an eight-wicket triumph at a Kimbolton side who started the day in third place.
There looked little chance of a repeat of the outcome on the opening day of the season once Ryan Vale had helped himself to 5-46 as Kimbolton were shot out for 152.
And Eaton Socon made light work of sealing success with almost 14 overs to spare as Mickey Hay hit an unbeaten 82 and David Humphrey carried his bat for 38.
Captain Day said: “It was a very good day for us thanks to this result and those elsewhere.
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“We’ve got ourselves the sort of cushion that means we could almost afford to lose a game. We certainly don’t want to do that though.
“We remind the guys every week there is no room for complacency. I think that was probably the problem on the opening day of the season, but they have been terrific ever since.”
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The table-toppers are now 29 points clear of closest challengers Huntingdon & District who drew at Blunham in another clash of two promotion-chasing teams.
The locals amassed 220-8 with their Bedfordshire hosts reaching 215-7 in reply.
There was a dramatic success for St Ives as they scraped home by one wicket at Cambridge NCI.
Fresh from becoming the youngest player to captain Huns at senior level 48 hours earlier, teenager Tom McCarthy starred a club level.
The 16 year-old hit 68 and Rob Smith added an unbeaten 25 as St Ives successfully chased down a target of 172 to climb into the thick of the promotion battle.
BLUNHAM drew with HUNTINGDON & DISTRICT
Huntingdon & District 220-8.
CAMBRIDGE NCI lost to ST IVES by 1 wkt
Cambridge NCI 171.
St Ives 172-10 (T. McCarthy 68).
KIMBOLTON lost to EATON SOCON by 8 wkts
Kimbolton 152 (R. Vale 5-46).
Eaton Socon 156-2 (M. Hay 82no. D. Humphrey 38no).