Cricket roundup: weekend ending September 2

ALL the action from across the district

CCA Division 2A

JAMES Nuttall was in superb form to guide Sutton to a crushing nine-wicket win over Pymoor.

With the wicket still damp after overnight rain, Sutton took the opportunity to field first and the move proved an astute one as the home side found batting difficult.

Young Ryan Bowles (2-14) had openers J Hargreaves (2), and J Russell (0) dismissed cheaply and Pymoor were soon in dire straits at 29-5 as Nuttall entered the frey.

The paceman hit an excellent length from the outset and took 5-28 to leave Pymoor’s innings in ruins.

Only Mark Neighbour (29) was able to resist for any length of time as the home side were dismissed for just 87.

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Robert Braybrooke (3-8) also bowled well.

With conditions improving overhead, Sutton’s task of knocking off the runs proved a slightly easier one and a timely knock of 55 not out from M Grady saw Sutton complete the win with nine wickets in hand. Pymoor’s C Ward took 1-28 on a forgettable day for the home side.

LITTLE Downham’s four-pronged bowling attack steered them to a comfortable seven-wicket win at Needingworth on Saturday.

Bowlers Phil Baker, Rob Palmer, Ryan Duffield and James White were deployed in tandem to wreck havoc on the hosts’ batting line-up and the quartet had little trouble in wrapping up the innings for just 90 runs.

Duffield (3-17) and Palmer (3-19) led the way for Downham, with Baker (3-25) and White (1-26) also enjoying a fruitful day’s work.

Opener N King fell early in the piece to hand Needingworth some hope of a comeback but the assured work of Baker (29) and M Nicholas (24) helped bring the win home inside 21 overs.

CCA Division 1A

WITCHAM sured up their place in the county’s top junior league with a three-wicket win over Cambourne.

Though wickets were hard to come by as Cambourne stood firm in the early overs, Witcham’s attack did an excellent job of restricting the flow of runs.

Angus Pate and Glen Griffiths picked up two wickets apiece as the visitors finished on 170-4.

Despite an indifferent start with the bat for Witcham, middle-order duo Griffiths (46) and Iain Housden (35) batted superbly to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Youngster Andrew George came in lower down the order to keep Witcham’s momentum going, making 23 before to help the home side to victory.

CCA Senior Division 2

CITY of Ely’s batsmen were in fine fettle as they chased down Doddington’s meagre total to hand their side a five-wicket win.

A solid enough start from Doddington’s batsmen looked to have moved them into a good position as the shine on the new ball began to diminish. Two quick wickets for Andrew Zajac (2-28) exposed the middle-order however, and Ely moved in for the kill as Doddington began to struggle.

Sam Buck weighed in with 3-18 and Chris Aniskowicz (2-19) also hit a good length as the visitors were dismissed for 107.

The relatively simple task of chasing 107 was taken on with gusto by Ely’s M Hatcher (30) and Josh Sivier (33), the duo batting Ely into a dominant position before Ben Storey (20*) brought the win home with more than 10 overs to spare.

Cambs Premier Division 2

FORDHAM’S dip in form continued with a dismal performance in another rain affected match at Fulbourn.

After allowing the home side to score 191-7, when at one stage the hosts were 112-6, they were then bowled out for just 62 in 20.4 overs, with eight batsmen being caught.

It had looked so promising for Fordham when Charles Forden and Mark Abbott got among the wickets but the Kindred brothers, with 42 and 21 not out, with support from Hodgson (31) and Monk (32), recovered superbly to make a challenging total.

Abbott finished with 3-23 and Forden 2-39.

After a second rain interruption, Fordham resumed batting and after initially looking comfortable, the visitors began to lose wickets at regular intervals.

Only Matt Foulds, with 25, produced any resistance as the home side, who only used two bowlers, raced to victory.

T Kindred 5-35 and Still 3-26 in the home side’s convincing performance.

CCA Division 3A

WILBURTON notched up a hat-trick of league wins on Saturday as they cruised to a 107-run win over high-flyers Willingham.

Despite losing 45 minutes to the weather, Wilburton’s Stuart Buller (46) batted superbly to guide his side through some difficult conditions, managing five boundaries along the way.

T Juden added 13 at number eight and Willingham conceded 29 extras to see the home side close the innings on a relatively decent 131-9.

The best was still to come from Wilburton however, as their openers Callum Steel (4-3) and Richard Padmore (5-20) decimated the visiting batting, picking up eight ducks as they dismissed the home side for just 24 runs.

The pacey duo needed just 13 overs and 51 minutes to wrap up an resounding win.

l ELY II came out on top in a low-scoring encounter against Wisbech IV.

Though Tom Chapman (15) and Ollie Short (12) started promisingly for Wisbech, they were unable to push on towards a big score and Ely were quick to capitalise as Mark Deas and Jon Hill blasted through the top order.

Some staunch work from the Wisbech middle-order kept Ely from mopping up in double-quick time but they were not to be denied for long as the last wicket fell for just 111.

Deas (3-11) and Elliot Koopowitz (2-11) enjoyed the best of an excellent bowling innings for Ely.

Mick Tickner (20) and Richard Lee (35) were excellent for Ely at two and three and their good work helped take the edge off of a vigorous Wisbech attack.

Though Steve Bone and S Jackson fell cheaply for the visitors, Phil Koopowitz (14) and Oliver Sellers (12*) were on hand to ensure the scoreboard continued to tick over.

The winning runs were notched up in the 24th over, with four wickets still in hand.

CCA Division 5A

WITCHAM II struck a decisive blow in the battle for promotion as they beat rivals Sutton by four wickets.

Andy Bowles (51) led the attack superbly for Sutton as they batted first, with support from fellow opener Chris Robinson (24) helping manoeuvre the home side into a strong position.

With the openers dismissed however, Sutton struggled to regain their momentum and had to rely on cameos from Shane Tinney (12) and Simon Paine (12) to boost their total on to 132 at the close.

Witcham’s Daniel Jeffrey (3-31) and Andrew Badcock (3-39) led an excellent fight-back for the visitors, which saw them recover from a sluggish opening.

Sutton’s Aiden Bowles and Ren Barnard were superb for the home side as their innings with the ball began, the duo taking 2-13 and 3-22 respectively as Witcham floundered.

Andy Sharp was to change all that however, as he singled-handedly hauled Witcham back into the match with an undefeated knock of 86, including 11 boundaries. The visitors reached 135 with four wickets and six overs to spare.