TUCKER GARDNER LEAGUE: Banks bags a brilliant hat-trick as Eaton Socon triumph in Division One but St Ives are beaten in top-of-the-table Division Two tussle

Tom Banks, pictured here batting earlier in the season, was in devastating form with the ball for Ea

Tom Banks, pictured here batting earlier in the season, was in devastating form with the ball for Eaton Socon yesterday. - Credit: Archant

Teenage bowler Tom Banks was a hat-trick hero as Eaton Socon sampled Tucker Gardner League Division One success yesterday.

The medium-pacer returned the figures of 4-0 during a 65-run win against Burwell 2nds at Peppercorns Lane.

Matt Pateman top-scored with 39 as Eaton Socon reached 134 before skittling their visitors for just 69. Banks took centre stage as his side climbed into the top four.

Eaton Socon sit fourth in the standings in their debut top-flight season, two places behind the leading local team, Ramsey.

Captain Michael Cafferkey hit 35 and former skipper Taylor West added 30 as they eased to a five-wicket triumph at Ketton yesterday.

Jon Cade had earlier led a smart bowling effort with 3-13 while West, Dean Jones and Mark Edwards all claimed a couple of scalps.

Waresley extended their winning run to three matches by blitzing Histon by nine wickets.

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Gary Cole bagged 4-6 and Rob Lowin claimed 4-11 as they removed the visitors for a paltry 38 before easing to victory.

St Ives were beaten in a top-of-the-table Division Two clash at March despite boasting the best individual batting and bowling performances from local players yesterday.

Faisal Khaliq made light of difficult batting conditions to hit a half-century on a day when the start was delayed by more than an hour, but his 53 provided more than half of his side’s total runs as they were dismissed for 90. They had been reduced to 11-5 at one stage!

St Ives did their best to defend that tally as Nikhil Kumpukkal took 5-21, but the hosts edged to victory by three wickets.

Ruben Claassen was another batsman to excel. The South African hit 50 to help Kimbolton overcome Ufford Park by 78 runs.

Kimbolton posted 177-8 with Marcus Wilkinson (34) and Matt Aldwinkle (33) also providing handy contributions.

They then dismissed Ufford Park for just 99 as Ross Ingram led the way with the ball, taking 4-23.

But Huntingdon & District slipped to a second successive defeat when going by three wickets at Newborough.

Nomi Khan top-scored on 22 as the locals were dismissed for 121 before also taking a couple of wickets.

Warboys’ clash against Sawston & Babraham was cancelled after an early decision from the local side’s groundsman to deem their pitch unplayable.


Division One

EATON SOCON beat BURWELL 2NDS by 65 runs

Eaton Socon 134 (M. Pateman 39).

Burwell 2nds 69 (T. Banks 4-0).


Foxton 221.

Godmanchester 191 (T. Aziz 78, P. Swannell 62).

KETTON lost to RAMSEY by 5 wkts

Ketton 114 (J. Cade 3-13).

Ramsey 115-5 (M. Cafferkey 35, T. West 30).

WARESLEY beat HISTON by 7 wkts

Histon 38 (G. Cole 4-6, R. Lowin 4-11).

Waresley 39-1.

Division Two


Kimbolton 177-8 (R. Claasen 50, M. Watkinson 34, M. Aldwinkle 33).

Ufford Park 99 (R. Ingram 4-23).

MARCH beat ST IVES by 3 wkts

St Ives 90 (F. Khaliq 53).

March 91-7 (N. Kumpukkal 5-21).


Huntingdon & District 121.

Newborough 124-7.