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A roundup of all the local cricket: week ending June 26

Divsion 4A

HADDENHAM’s march to promotion continued at a relentless pace on Saturday as they eased past a spirited Somersham side.

After a superb debut season in 2009 that saw them promoted from CCA Division 5A, Haddenham have once again hit top form this season and look set for another tilt at promotion after their four-wicket win moved into second place behind Wisbech.

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Somersham looked lively at the crease and went about their business in disciplined fashion, not tempted to try and score quick runs as the threat of rain loomed.

Led by S Sarangi (70) and P Liddle (32), Somersham worked their way to 165-7 at the close. The Haddenham trio of Neil Smith (2-22), Geoff Buck (2-30) and Dillon Wass (2-24) ensured that the visitors were kept below the magic 200 mark with some tight bowling.

Needing little more than four-an-over for the win, the Haddenham line-up began patiently and were soon in a strong position as Somersham too struggled to take wickets. Held together by Gary Thistlethwaite (55*), Haddenham nudged and nurdled their way to their target in the 37th over to take the win. Buck (40) and Jason Murfitt (29) weighed in with useful scores.

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FORDHAM III took the honours against Witcham II with an 83-run victory.

Chris Foulds (23) and Nick Poole (39) opened up with a 56-run partnership before Jordan Theobold weighed in with 45 and Luke Bowers (38*) as the hosts posted 197-5 at the close.

Witcham made a positive start but they lost their last seven wickets for just 40 runs as they were dismissed for 114.

Simon Murfitt (3-14), Martin Hancock (3-23) and Luke Bowers (2-12) were the wicket takers.

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FORDHAM were comprehensively beaten by 10 wickets against table-toppers Camden at the weekend.

A disastrous start that saw them 7-3 with less than 10 overs played proved unrecoverable for Fordham and despite some excellent work in the middle-order from Darren (32) and Reece Theobold (17), the visitors were only able to muster 90 from their spell in the middle.

Camden openers Nigel Gadsby (49*) and D Sutton (39*) knocked off the runs in just 22 overs.

Division 1A

FORDHAM II defeated Littleport by eight wickets after a fine fightback in the field.

At one stage, Port were 83-2 with Scott Connop (58) dominating the bowling for the visitors. But the visitors slumped to 115 all out after his depature with Phil Dean taking 4-34 and Ryan Houghton 3-10.

Chris Rule took four catches at backward point. A superb second wicket partnership of 89 between Chamilla Priyankara (58*) and Rule (41) saw Fordham home at a cost of just two wickets.

Division 2A

SUTTON fell 47-runs short of victory chasing an impressive Little Downham side at the weekend.

Batting first, visitors Little Downham performed solidly throughout and cautiously worked their way to 179-9 at the close of the innings. A middle order knock of 42 from G Dewsbury proved the standout innings alongside super efforts from P Baker (32) and M Mace (22*).

Some excellent bowling from R Braybrooke (4-43) and G Campbell (3-43) ensured Sutton kept the visitors’ scoring below the key 200-mark.

Batting solidly in reply, Sutton’s batsmen each began well but struggled to turn good starts into big scores as Little Downham continued to pick up wickets. An excellent 42 from Campbell inspired some hope late on for the home side but it wasnt to be as they were dismissed for 132. R Palmer (3-24) and J White (3-26) were the pick of the bowlers for Downham.

SUPERB bowling from Wisbech ensured Wilburton were soundly beaten on Saturday.

Batting first, Wisbech found runs easy to come by as Wilburton toiled in the field. Their dogged persistence brought them some reward however, as they took six Wisbech wickets to ultimately stunt what could have been a sizeable score. Steven Marshall picked up 2-29 while Ben Nightingale took 2-54 as Wisbech finished on 223-6.

Needing a hefty five-and-a-half per over for victory, Wilburton needed quick runs but their efforts to keep the board ticking over came at a price as the wickets tumbled. A commendable knock of 29 from Graham Stubbington offered some resistance for the home side but it wasn’t to be as they were bowled out for 120. Wisbech’s Lyndon Waters starring with the ball as he picked up 5-26.

Senior Division 2

ANDREW Foster’s undefeated 65 helped Ely to a four wicket win over struggling Barrington.

With batsmen around him continuing to flounder, Foster’s calm head held the Ely innings together and ultimately sealed the win.

Scrupulously accurate bowling from Ely’s impressive attack ensured that, time and again, the Barrington batsmen fell flat. Nigel Hailstone was the best of a good bunch as he picked up 3-22 from his 12 overs and Oliver Swann Taylor also impressed with 2-26 as the home side were dismissed for 151.

Will Farnaby’s 30 opening for Ely ensured the foundations were set for the innings and the arrival of Foster at the crease strengthened Ely’s grip on the chase. A few notable failures looked like causing a late wobble for Ely but they held on to secure the win with eight overs to spare.

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A VIRTUOSO knock from Little Downham’s Peter Baker helped his side to a seven wicket victory over Wilburton.

Batting first, visitors Wilburton recovered from some early setbacks to register a eminently defendable 105-7. L Newton led the way for Wilburton with a bruising knock of 47* in the middle order, undoubtedly lifting his team past the vital 100 mark. C Holden’s 22 opening for the visitors helping to hold the innings together.

Clearly determined to enjoy themselves with the bat, Downham wasted no time in racking up the runs and guided by the experienced Baker (56), they reached their target with little more than 11 overs bowled. J Padmore’s tidy effort with the ball for Wilburton earned him 1-7 and the plaudits.