Cricket roundup: Week ending Sep 10
All the cricket action from across the district
HADDENHAM clinched their second promotion in as many years after easing to a seven wicket win over rivals Sutton on Saturday.
The recently reformed side have been in superlative form for much of the season and managed to shake off a challenge for the coveted second spot in recent weeks thanks to some excellent wins, topped off with victory over basement side Sutton at the weekend.
Haddenham will now battle it out alongside City of Ely II and Burwell in Division 3A.
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After winning the toss, Sutton opted to bat first and their decision proved an astute one as their batsmen thrived in placid conditions and on a flat track.
A full 40 overs of toil in the field was rewarded with just three wickets for Haddenham as Sutton posted a competitive 204-3 at the close.
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In need of at least four-runs-per-over to stand any chance of victory, Haddenham began well and led by Jason Murfitt (57) and Chris Hughes (47) they moved into a strong position. Geoff Buck’s (49*) arrival at the crease put the icing on the cake for Haddenham and they wrapped up the win with six overs to spare.
LITTLEPORT II signed a difficult season off with a narrow 31-run loss against fellow strugglers Wimblington at the weekend.
The fledgling side conspired to lose 14 of their 18 fixtures in a testing 2010 season but they showed some improvement on Saturday with a battling performance.
A strong start by Wimblington with the bat boded ill for Port as they struggled to make inroads but a persistent effort from the five-prong attack eventually began to tell as the visiting batsmen fell.
Connor Logon picked up 3-1 in a blistering spell that lasted less than two overs and Luke Peskett also impressed as he took 2-30. The visitors were eventually dismissed for 132 in the 34th over.
Port’s run chase got off to a difficult start as the opening four batsmen fell with less than 10 runs on the board but the arrival of Simon Jennings (40*) at the crease raised hopes of an unlikely win.
Despite an excellent effort from Jennings and some admirable support from Dan Jones (17), Port were unable to hold out and were dismissed some 31 runs short for 101.
THE City of Ely ended their season on a high note thanks to a three-wicket win over strugglers Cottenham.
Nine wins in 16 outings for the Ely second-string has seen them creep up in to fourth place in the league and they cemented their position on Saturday with a battling win.
Bowling first, Ely’s attack met with some dogged resistance early in the innings but with the top four batsmen removed, the soft underbelly of the Cottenham middle-order was exposed and duly removed as the home side rampaged.
Eliot Koopowitz took 4-31 in an outstanding eight-over spell and team mate Steve Bone (3-25) helped wrap up the Cottenham innings for just 113.
Despite a woeful start of their own in reply, Ely’s middle-order rallied to the call and led by Ed Aniskowicz (24) and Phil Koopowitz (37) they managed to bring home the points with three wickets and four overs to spare.