A round-up of the weekend’s cricket action from around Huntingdonshire

GODMANCHESTER

EXPLOSIVE battling from overseas star Chetan William fired Godmanchester to an impressive 131-run win over Khalsa in Tucker 1 on Saturday.

William thrashed 156 not out in just 118 deliveries and his power and timing was awesome, scoring 90 of his runs in boundaries and featuring in a fifth wicket stand of 88 with Ben Clement that came in just 42 deliveries.

Goddy posted 251-5 before bowling Khalsa out for 120, Adam Rendall and Elliott Baldwin sharing three wickets apiece.

ALCONBURY

A FIRST win of the season in Hunts Division One was recorded in emphatic fashion by Alconbury on Saturday as they won by 85 runs at Old Eastonians.

Batting first, the visitors compiled 216-7 from 45 overs with contributions from Paul Suckling (56), Dave Cotton (55) and a swashbuckling 50 late on from Ryan Tyler.

Some tidy wicket-keeping by Bruce Staines - two catches and a stumping - combined with accurate bowling from the start, made life difficult for the hosts.

Richard Ewing (4-27) and Sean Hubbard (3-29) helping to bowl the home side out for 131.

Alconbury's development side lost by 86 runs at home against their Orton Park counterparts - that despite an excellent knock of 66 from U13 player Harry Cotton.

BRAMPTON

EATON SOCON thirds recorded a 69-run win at Brampton in Hunts 4.

Brampton won the toss then put the visitors in to bat and the expected bowler-friendly surface played better than expected, helping Socon mass an impressive 295-8 with opener Ryan Brown hitting a magnificent 141.

With a daunting total to chase, the Brampton batsman started steadily and then started to accelerate.

However the total proved to be out of their reach but they posted a respectable 225-5 with the opener Andy Pegram scoring 106.

ABBOTS RIPTON

A TERRIFIC bowling display from Scott Walton (4-13) inspired Abbots Ripton to a five-wicket win over Chatteris thirds in CCA Junior League 4A.

Having been put in to bat, Chatteris were all out for just 66, with James Hyde also taking 3-6. The hosts managed to reach their target of 67, but did lose five wickets in the process.

SAWTRY

BURGHLEY PARK cruised to a six-wicket win at Sawtry in Hunts 2 after the hosts had been bowled out for just 116 in their innings. The visitors got home for the lost of just four wickets in reply.

Then on Sunday, a Sawtry cup team led by Ian Fowler were crushing 182-run victors over Abbots Ripton in the first round of the Coote Cup.

Sawtry batted first and got 346-3 in 45 overs, with Hayden Bream top-scoring with 152no - maiden century - and Ian Bonsall scoring 119no.

In reply, Abbots Ripton scored 164-9 off 45 overs, with L Smith top scoring with 55 for them and Andy Spencer taking 3-27 off his nine overs.

ST IVES

THERE was an agonising four-run defeat at Wilburton for St Ives thirds on CCA Junior 3A.

The hosts batted firsts and made 150 with Jerry Wood getting a four-for but in reply, Ives fell four runs short.

Patrick Sarkies (40) put on a healthy 57-run stand with Steve Baxter (26) after the loss of an early wicket but, after a flurry of wickets including four ducks, not even a bit of tail-wagging could edge the visitors over the line.

FENSTANTON

THE step-up into Division 3B of the CCA Junior League is still proving to be a difficult one for Fenstanton, as they went down to a five-wicket defeat at home against Bassingbourn.

This was their second successive defeat and all had begun promisingly, with Fenny batting first on a problem-free wicket and captain Mike Piaggesi following his 66 from last week with a fluent 62.

However, after standing on 132-3, an alarming collapse saw them bowled out for a modest 161, before a third wicket stand of 97 effectively took the game away from Fenstanton as the visiting batsmen took full control of some wayward bowling.

And, despite two quick wickets from 70-year-old groundsman Cliff Tattersall, Bassingbourn cantered home with 13 overs to spare.

EATON SOCON

AN almighty batting collapse - 100-0 to 197 all out - from home side Huntingdon & District handed Eaton Socon a 17-run victory.

The visitors had earlier posted 214-9 and, with the hosts looking set, Asama Weerasekara (4-38) and Chris Box (3-51) ripped through their batting line-up.

The seconds, meanwhile, maintained their 100 per cent start in Hunts 3 with an easy nine-wicket win over Huntingdon & District seconds.

Huntingdon were restricted to just 127-8 with Ben Gowling picking up three victims before Eaton reached their target for the loss of just one wicket, Ryan Brown (49no) top scoring.

WARBOYS

A SIX-WICKET win was secured by Warboys in Hunts 1 over Orton Park as they needed only 25 overs to overtake the visitors' 100 all out, losing only four wickets in the process.

In Hunts 3, the seconds lost by a single run at Upwoood as, replying to Upwood's 158-9 in 45 overs, Warboys finished agonisingly on 157-8 after their allotted overs.

Richard O'Leary took 3-17 for Warboys and Charles Smith (32no) top scoring with the bat as they were edged out in a thrilling game.

Warboys thirds, meanwhile, went down to a comprehensive 120-run reverse against Shia Sports in Hunts 5.

James Wright (5-13) off four overs shone with the ball as the hosts were bowled out for 254 in 43 overs with Jake Tingey taking 4-58 off 12.

But Warboys' reply was unimpressive, except for captain Edward Trafford's 45 but they were bowled out for 134 in 40.5 overs.

That came a day after their 86-run trouncing at Bretton seconds as an under-strength Warboys outfit were skittled out for just 50 in 26.5 overs in reply to the hosts' 136-9.

In Division Six of the Rutland League last week, Newborough seconds were winners over Warboys seconds by 88 runs.

The hosts posted 167-9 off 45 overs and Warboys were all out for 79 in 22 overs.

WARESLEY

A CENTURY of the top of the innings from Matt Rawling (114) inspired Waresley to a narrow three-run win over Newborough in Tucker 2.

Rawling batted for 46 overs, putting on an opening stand of 78 with Ashwin Reddy (34) and then 123 for the third wicket with Phil Masdin (66) in a total of 241-5.

Newborough got mighty close to snatching the win but were all out for 238 in reply with a wonderful catch at wide mid-on by Steve Lewis giving the hosts a stunning win.

COUNTY CRICKET

CHETAN William's 125 off 103 balls sparked Huntingdonshire's highest 50-over score for more than a decade as they defeated the Royal Air Force by 97 runs in a friendly at Market Deeping last Wednesday.

Their third wicket stand of 197 was just 10-runs short of their all time record and was compiled by William - 74 in boundaries - and David Clarke (72) in just 31 overs and paved the way for an overall total of 327 all out.

The RAF were then all out for 230 in reply with Joe Dawborn collecting three victims.

The win for Hunts followed on from their impressive two-wicket friendly victory over Northants seconds a fortnight earlier - their first victory over Northants since 1999.

● GODMANCHESTER CC is holding a sports quiz on Friday at 7.30pm.

Entry is £5 per head for teams of four and to enter, call 07763 971948 or email kpaclement@yahoo.co.uk

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ROLL OF HONOUR

BATTERS

Chetan William

Godmanchester & Huntingdonshire

156no & 125

Hayden Bream

Sawtry

152no

Ryan Brown

Eaton Socon thirds

141

Ian Bonsall

Sawtry

119no

Matt Rawling

Warboys

114

BOWLERS

James Wright

Warboys thirds

5-13

Scott Walton

Abbotts Ripton

4-13

Richard Ewing

Alconbury

4-27

Asama Weerasekara

Eaton Socon

4-38

Jake Tingey

Warboys thirds

4-58

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