TUCKER GARDNER LEAGUE: Table-toppers St Ives triumph in Division Two while Huntingdon & District jump out of the drop-zone

St Ives batsman Tom McCarthy in action against Saffron Walden 2nds. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

St Ives batsman Tom McCarthy in action against Saffron Walden 2nds. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Shaun Asplin starred as St Ives took a big step towards promotion from Tucker Gardner League Division Two yesterday.

St Ives captain Ryan Withers deals with a high delivery during their win against Saffron Walden 2nds

St Ives captain Ryan Withers deals with a high delivery during their win against Saffron Walden 2nds. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Asplin claimed five wickets to help the table-toppers secure a 34-run success against Saffron Walden 2nds at the St Ivo Outdoor Centre.

St Ives recovered after losing opener Umair Tariq from the first ball of the game to post 196-9. Tom McCarthy delivered by far the most significant contribution with a patient 68.

Then Asplin (5-30) and Nikhil Kumpukkal (3-20) took centre stage as St Ives removed the visitors for 162.

Title rivals March kept the pressure firmly on St Ives by pipping another local team, Kimbolton, yesterday.


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Three wickets apiece for Martin Moore and Kimbolton skipper Mark Roberts were not enough to prevent March from snatching a three-wicket victory with seven balls to spare.

South African star Ruben Claassen was the biggest contributor to Kimbolton’s offering of 225-8. He scored 80 while Rory Fenton made it to 50.

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Huntingdon & District climbed out of the relegation zone courtesy of a second successive victory.

Opener Faisal Javed hit a half-century as they saw off bottom side Weston Colville by five wickets.

Dario Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with 3-28 as Huntingdon & District removed the lowly visitors for 154 before Javed’s 51 and skipper Martin Burton’s 45 set them on the path to glory.

Warboys drop into the bottom three despite tasting victory themselves yesterday.

Matt Duncan’s side pipped Fordham by one wicket after scraping past the visitors’ tally of 165-9 at Forge Way.

James Trafford took 4-21 and then survived in the final pairing with Sam Vallance as Warboys triumphed.

TUCKER GARDNER LEAGUE

Division Two

HUNTINGDON & DISTRICT beat WESTON COLVILLE by 5 wkts

Weston Colville 154 (D. Cummins 3-24).

Huntingdon & District 155-5 (F. Javed 51, M. Burton 45).

MARCH beat KIMBOLTON by 3 wkts

Kimbolton 225-8 (R. Claassen 80, R. Fenton 50).

March 226-7 (M. Moore 3-31, M. Roberts 3-48).

ST IVES beat SAFFRON WALDEN 2NDS by 34 runs

St Ives 196-9 (T. McCarthy 68).

Saffron Walden 2nds 162 (S. Asplin 5-30, N. Kumpukkal 3-20).

WARBOYS beat FORDHAM by 1 wkt

Fordham 165-9 (J. Trafford 4-21).

Warboys 166-9 (C. Whitfield 40).

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