Cricket round-up: doomed City of Ely come up short again and Burwell blitz Sudbury

James Buxton bowling for City of Ely. Photo: Barry Giddings

James Buxton bowling for City of Ely. Photo: Barry Giddings - Credit: Archant

City of Ely were all but condemned to relegation as they were edged by March Town 2nds in the battle of the basement sides in the CCA Senior Division Two.

Second-from-bottom March were able to post 186-4 after their 40 overs with Stephen Wallis helping himself to a half-century, before Ely fell agonisingly short in their chase, losing by 14 runs.

Ely remain at the bottom of the league standings with just three matches remaining.

In the East Anglian Premier Cricket League, Burwell seem set for a mid-table finish after hammering Suffolk side Sudbury by nine wickets.

Burwell’s bowlers tore through the Sudbury defence, with Graham Hume taking an excellent 5-29 as the hosts were sent packing for just 95.

Richard Potter then struck an unbeaten 54 as Burwell easily eclipsed their mid-table rivals.

In the Tucker Gardner Division One, a batting collapse from a position of strength sent Fordham to a 23-run defeat at Newborough.

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Fordham bowled the hosts out for 131 in 34 overs to claim maximum bowling points with Charlie Forden taking 4-33 and Luke Duplooy 3-42.

Chris Summerskill made 35 and Matt Foulds 17 as Fordham coasted to 71 for 2.

But a disastrous collapse saw them lose their remaining wickets for just 37 runs to be bowled out for 108.

Fordam 2nds restored some parity for the club by defeating Yelling by three wickets after both sides made a recovery with the bat.

Yelling were 44-6 at one stage but recovered to find 144 before they were dismissed.

Clint Cornwell took 3-9 and Sean Brighty 3-18.

Wilburton maintained second place in the Junior Division One North after their 90-run win at Milton.

Tom Walker again underpinned the batting with a maiden century, cracking 101 off 123 deliveries including 14 fours and one six.

Iain Housden hit 31 and Walker added 68 for the fifth wicket then Lee Newton weighed in with 26 not out, guiding Wilburton to 215 for 7.

Ollie Sellers had tight first spell with the ball with 2-9 followed by Conor Logan who took 3-13.

Littleport Town bagged a rare victory at home to Over, claiming the win by 52 runs.

Sutton became the latest side to fall to champions-elect Cherry Hinton.

Lourens Herselman scored more than half of Sutton’s runs as they were dismissed for just 100, before starring again with the ball with 2-16.

However, his efforts were all in vain as Cherry Hinton lost just four wickets in their chase of Sutton’s total. The East Cambridgeshire side remain in fifth in the league standings.

Nigel Pate hit 68 as Witcham overcame Chippenham by 32 runs in the Junior Division Three North.

Pate’s 68 and a handy knock of 52 from Jamie Lawrence fired the visitors to 234-6 after their 40 overs.

Chippenham were only able to find 202 in reply, with Lawrence impressing again, this time with the ball as he took 2-30. Richard Murfitt also took two wickets.

Haddenham remain in trouble in the same division with only three games remaining despite seeing off Fulbourn 2nds thanks to some impressive batting from Gary Thistlethwaite and Geoff Buck.

Thislethwaite cracked 86 and Buck contributed 69 as Haddenham amassed a big score of 308, before Steve Bodell’s 3-47 played a big part as Fulbourn were reduced to 265 after their 40 overs.

In the league below, City of Ely 2nds continued their promotion challenge with a three-wicket success over Abbots Ripton.

David Cook hit 55 as Ely cruised to 161, before Louis Cook’s 2-23 saw Abbots Ripton reduced to 160-6.

Finally, Sutton 2nds remain at the top of the Junior Division Six North despite losing by six wickets to Cambridge NCI 4ths.

Jon Megginson top-scored with 49.