Welcome win provides a big survival boost for Huntingdon & District in the Tucker Gardner League

Huntingdon batsman Craig Leigh is dismissed during their victory against Warboys last Saturday. Pict

Huntingdon batsman Craig Leigh is dismissed during their victory against Warboys last Saturday. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon & District skipper Martin Burton has urged his players to use a long overdue victory as a springboard to survival.

Burton’s men snapped a seven-game losing streak with a vital Tucker Gardner League Division Two triumph against fellow strugglers Warboys last Saturday.

They prevailed by 85 runs at St Peters Road when skittling the visitors for 130 after piling up 215 themselves. Nomi Khan (48) and Faisal Javed (39) led the way with the bat before skipper Burton set the example with the ball as he returned the fine figures of 4-17.

Burton said: “If we played like that every week, we would be in the top three in the table and challenging for promotion rather than finding ourselves in the bottom three and battling to avoid relegation.

“It was a terrific performance and hopefully it will prove to be the turning point of our season. We face bottom side Weston Colville tomorrow and we’ll now go into that must-win game on a real high.”

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Huntingdon & District remain in the drop-zone, but they are now just one point behind the two teams immediately above them – Warboys and a Sawston & Babraham side who beat Kimbolton last Saturday.

Chris Gilthorpe took 3-26 and top-scored with 30 as Kimbolton went down by 65 runs. They were dismissed for 140 in pursuit of 205.

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Table-toppers St Ives fluffed their lines with the bat as they slipped to defeat at Ufford Park.

Their lead at the summit was slashed to just two points after they went down by 13 runs.

St Ives slumped to 79-7 in their reply before an unbeaten 56 from Nathaniel Edwards in his first appearance of the summer for the first XI enabled them to reach 145 - but it wasn’t enough.

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