Batsmen crumble again

CCA Division One North Isleham 133 Littleport 108-9 Isleham won by 25 runs ANOTHER strong fielding performance from Littleport was all in vain, after the second batting collapse in as many weeks. Tight bowling from Lupson, who took three wickets,

CCA Division One North

Isleham 133 Littleport 108-9 Isleham won by 25 runs

ANOTHER strong fielding performance from Littleport was all in vain, after the second batting collapse in as many weeks. Tight bowling from Lupson, who took three wickets, and South put Isleham under initial pressure, which continued with the introduction of Frost, who took a hat-trick with the last three balls of his spell.

G Cowling (45) and J Sheldrick (28) were the only batsmen to make an impression.

After a slow start, Foster (24) and Farnell (18) made useful contributions, backed up by A South (19) and J South (21). However, the 'Port batting order collapsed with the last five wickets falling in only 12 balls.

CCA Division Three North B

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Littleport II 122 St Ives IV 124-4 St Ives IV won by 6 wickets

S Kimsey Jnr (19) offered support throughout the majority of the innings for the Littleport batsmen, but only N Marsh (29) and stand-in captain M Scott (24) made any significant contribution to the total.

St Ives never looked in any trouble, reaching their target off 29 overs. The trio of Kimsey, Marsh and Scott each claimed a wicket but it was not enough to stop the inevitable.

Lower Junior Cup

Bluntisham II 198-7 Littleport II 200-3 Littleport won by 7 wickets

Bluntisham got off to a strong start with Fordham (83) and Mathson (48) sharing a 100 opening partnership.

After removing the openers, Littleport restricted the run rate and took five wickets in the last 10 overs, mainly influenced by Plumb's 4-24.

The Littleport openers of Freestone (63) and Kimsey Jnr (41) shared a century stand of their own. With the support of Good (24) and South (33), Littleport reached their target with three overs to spare.

Tucker Premier Division

Fordham 60 Khalsa 61-2 Khalsa won by eight wickets

FORDHAM suffered a disastrous defeat in their Tucker Premier match against Khalsa at Peterborough on Saturday.

The home side were bowled out for a paltry 60 with Mark Silcock the only player to make any impression with his innings of 22.

The away side lost just two wickets before reaching the target in 18 overs.

CCA Senior Division Three

Histon 82-3 Little Downham 81 Histon won by seven wickets

LITTLE Downham opener Heaps was bowled for a duck by Butcher and, with the score on 26, three wickets fell in quick succession. Top scorer for Little Downham was Duffield who made 12. Butcher and Johnson took three wickets each and Perrera picked up two.

In reply, Histon's opener Dolby made 38 before being bowled by Duffield and Johnson made 24 not out. Duffield took two wickets in 4.3 overs and Palmer took 1-22.

CCA Division One North

Willingham 165 Fordham II 163-9

FORDHAM'S second team were edged out in a thrilling match against Willingham.

Willingham made 165 with Phil Dean taking 5-50 and Ron Howard 3-37.

Nev Bussingham, with 27, and Charles Dore, 18, were the early Fordham run-makers but it was a fine partnership between Andy Benton, 38, and Steve Morley who made 17, that took Fordham to within three runs of victory.

Fordham's third team also had a close contest against Witcham II.

The Fordham side, containing several under-14s, made 112 with Sean Brighty scoring 38.

Fordham took early wickets but the visitors managed to get home with three wickets in hand.

CCA Division Two North A

Soham 61 Witcham 62-5 Witcham won by five wickets

JONES was in superb bowling form for Witcham, making light work of the hosts' batting order on Saturday.

Soham batted first at Witcham and started well, with opener Jones scoring 22 and Pope 11. However, in a devastating session, Witcham's bowler Jones took six wickets for six runs and bowled three maidens in a six-over spell.

Houghton took two wickets and Few and Phillips one each.

Houghton (31) then top-scored with the bat to edge Witcham to victory. Soham's Metcalfe and Kirby-Cook took two wickets apiece.

CCA Division Three North A

Sutton II 48 Wimblington 49-5

Wimblington won by five wickets

SUTTON struggled to amass a competitive score when five of their batsmen went for ducks.

Top scorer was Faux, who made 23 before being bowled by King. Wimblington's bowler Billymore took 4-13. In reply, Wimblington's middle order batsmen were quickly skittled out but Allen's 28 not out helped them to victory.

Sutton's Decker bowled well for figures of 3-1.

CCA Division Three North A

Wilburton 160-9 Chatteris II 116-8

Wilburton won by 44 runs

WILBURTON got off to a great start when openers Gary Foot (28) and Ian Jacobs (49) shared an partnership of 68.

Dominic Drane (19) and Darren Bentick (27) added 48 in 38 minutes for the fourth wicket before Chatteris' Adam Elliott took 5-9 as Wilburton lost five wickets for just three runs.

Geoff Osbourn top scored for Chatteris and was not out with 24 but Steve Marshall, Darren Bentick (4-20) and Ian Jacobs gave little away and Wilburton cruised to their third league win of the season.

CCA Division Four North

Fordham III 112 Witcham II 113-7

Witcham won by three wickets

MICHAEL Spencer's fine bowling and 52 runs from extras ensured that Witcham's second team continued their superb start to the season with a third successive win.

Houghton (29) and Brightly (30) were Fordham's chief run-makers, but the visiting bowlers were in fine form with skipper Spencer taking 5-15, Angus Pate 2-24 and Ian Saberton 2-22.

Witcham's opener Colin Alsop scored 20 not out and Saberton reached 28, but Fordham's bowlers gave Witcham more than half of their runs through extras.