TUCKER GARDNER LEAGUE: Runs galore for Godmanchester, great day for Ramsey, bad day for Eaton Socon and Warboys win at last!
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Godmanchester backed up a batting masterclass with some fine bowling to secure a memorable Tucker Gardner League Division One victory yesterday.
The local side boasted two unbeaten centurions as they piled up a mighty score of 341-1 – thought to be their biggest ever produced in this competition - to set up an 87-run success at Histon.
Tariq Aziz cracked 158no from 129 balls with 17 fours and five sixes while overseas ace Jarryd Phillips also reached three figures. His 108no, a first ton in English cricket, came off just 88 balls, and featured 14 fours and three sixes.
Both players then got among the wickets as hosts Histon were removed for 254 with 2.2 overs to spare.
Aziz spun his way to 3-21 as he ripped through the Histon tail with the final three wickets. Phillips had earlier contributed 2-45 while captain Paul Swannell claimed 3-54.
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Ramsey enjoyed a terrific day in the chase for Division One honours – thanks to their own result and those elsewhere.
Captain Michael Cafferkey top-scored with 59 to lead his side to a four-wicket triumph over in-form Waresley at Cricketfield Lane.
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Ramsey restricted the visitors to 153-6 and eased past that tally after being handed the perfect start by opening duo Cafferkey and Dean Jones (44) who put on 108 for the first wicket.
Ramsey climbed into second spot above a Nassington side who were thumped by eight wickets at Ketton and now sit just six points behind leaders Foxton, who went down to Wisbech.
But it was a miserable afternoon for Eaton Socon as they became the first team to suffer defeat at the hands of bottom side Blunham.
And it could hardly have been a more emphatic loss either as the locals went down by 10 wickets with their total of 188 proving to be seriously insufficient.
There was the consolation of a half-century for Eaton Socon batsman Tom Banks, who made 52, while young wicket-keeper Matt Taylor added 39.
St Ives retained top spot in Tucker Gardner League Division Two despite being pipped by one wicket against Fordham.
The pacesetters saw their posting of 237 – which included 72 from Nikhil Kumpukkal and 46 from Umair Tariq – eclipsed with 11 balls to spare.
But St Ives collected 18 league points for their troubles to preserve their position at the top of the standings.
There was something of a surprise outcome at Forge Way as Warboys snapped a five-game losing streak by ending Kimbolton’s four-match winning run.
Warboys emerged with a 16-run triumph after amassing a handy tally of 227-6. The visitors were dismissed for 211 in reply despite a century from South African star Ruben Claassen whose 107 providing just over half of their total.
Captain Matt Duncan led the Warboys charge with 85 while Alex Grange added 36. Andy Waters took 3-38.
It was also enough for Warboys to jump out of the relegation zone at the expense of fellow locals Huntingdon & District, who were beaten by Cambridge Granta 2nds by 34 runs.
West Indian star Dario Cummins top-scored with 59 as Martin Burton’s side were dismissed for 192 in pursuit of the visitors’ offering of 226-8.
TUCKER GARDNER LEAGUE
BLUNHAM beat EATON SOCON by 10 wkts
Eaton Socon 188 (T. Banks 52, M. Taylor 39).
HISTON lost to GODMANCHESTER by 87 runs
Godmanchester 341-1 (T. Aziz 158no, J. Phillips 108no, M. Anscomb 53).
Histon 254 (T. Aziz 3-21, P. Swannell 3-54).
RAMSEY beat WARESLEY by 4 wkts
Waresley 153-6 (N. Taylor 55).
Ramsey 154-6 (M. Cafferkey 59, D. Jones 44, G. Cole 4-21).
FORDHAM beat ST IVES by 1 wkt
St Ives 237 (N. Kumpukkal 74, U. Tariq 46, T. McCarthy 36).
HUNTINGDON & DISTRICT lost to CAMBRIDGE GRANTA 2NDS by 34 runs
Cambridge Granta 2nds 226-8.
Huntingdon & District 192 (D. Cummins 59, N. Khan 31).
WARBOYS beat KIMBOLTON by 16 runs
Warboys 227-6 (M. Duncan 85, A. Grange 36).
Kimbolton 211 (A. Waters 3-38).