Eaton Socon had two games in two days at the weekend with a 33-run defeat at Saffron Walden II on Saturday followed by a four-wicket win at Blunham on Sunday.
So a busy weekend then and not one that the captain, Terry Day, will be particularly eager to repeat.
“The two games happened because of a fixture mix-up during the winter,” he said. “For the original date of the game Blunham’s ground wasn’t available so the league said we could play on a Sunday.
“And it was a good win after the result on Saturday. We bowled Blunham out for 130 with superb spells from Joe Dawborn (4-28) and Matt Taylor (4-31) – but we struggled early on with the bat but a solid 30 from Dave Humphrey and a 24 from Joe Dawborn saw us home with four-wickets to spare.”
It was a far cry from their effort 24 hours earlier when Eaton were all out for 95 chasing 128. “That was a very disappointing defeat after being well on top,” said Day.
Saffron Walden were 39 for six but managed to reach 128 for eight – though Adam Newman did get six wickets for 32 runs. At 50 without the loss of a wicket Eaton looked to be coasting but the collapse was brutal.
“It is important that we follow up the win against Blunham with a result next week against Weston Colville ahead of our game against the leaders Ketton on July 14,” said Day.
St Ives Town finally got a win under their belts against that very team, Weston Colville, with Tom McCarthy (13) and new recruit Benjamin Thomas (65) getting them off to a solid start on a seaming wicket, sharing 25 for the first wicket.
Following, the loss of his opening partner, Thomas went through the gears helping his team to reach 99 for four at drinks. Shortly after Thomas was removed, Colville ran through the rest of the batting line up leaving St Ives limping to 118 all out.
St Ives needed to get early wickets and Shaun Asplin provided the first with the score on 15. Thomas (3-16) and McCarthy (3-13) shared six wickets with Ryan Withers picking up the last two wickets.
In the Premier Division, Ramsey won the big derby against Godmanchester Town with Michael Cafferkey (51 and 4-20) doing the damage again with both the ball and the bat.
Ramsey were all out for 134 with Godmanchester’s Elliott Baldwin (5-28) and Kiran Adhav (3-36) doing the damage. But, in reply, only the captain Matt Patemen (45) put on anything decent with the bat and they were all out for 105.
Warboys’s captain Leighton Gilbert, who is back playing following an injury, said their nine-wicket defeat at top-of-the-table Sawston was one to forget. Warboys were all out for 45 and Sawston bettered that total with just one wicket down.
“It was a wet wicket and when I lost the toss we were right up against it,” he said. “We just needed to get some sort of target to bowl at but that didn’t happen.
“Not one to dwell on. Just a bad day and hopefully we’re all hurting enough to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Waresley’s slide down the table – from the top where the team spent the first four weeks of the season – continued with an eight-wicket defeat at home to Wisbech Town. Waresley did set last season’s champions a target of 131 with James Dallaway making a neat 34, but Wisbech needed just 32.5 overs to better that for the loss of just two wickets.
The Waresley captain Simon Donald said: “In hindsight, I should have bowled first – 130 wasn’t the worst score but you need fair bit of good fortune to win defending a small total. We bowled and fielded okay but dropped a few tough chances.
“Wisbech look a strong side and it’s just a shame we couldn’t get a few points on the day.”