East Cambs cricket round-up: Ellis excels for Haddenham and it’s hundreds all round for Fordham

Haddenham v Willingham cricket. John Ellis. Picture: Steve Williams.

Haddenham v Willingham cricket. John Ellis. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Fordham experienced one of the most successful weekends in their history with three not out centurions guiding the club’s sides to victories.

The club’s batsmen were in fine form, starting with a strong stand of 78 between the first team’s Alex Theobald (72) and Tom Williams (59*) helping them to a tie against Huntingdon and District in the Tucker Gardner Division Two last Saturday.

Batting first, Fordham were in trouble early on with only Matt Foulds (23) making any runs, but Theobald and Williams enabled the visitors to post 210-7.

The hosts looked to be on their way until Fordham struck late and dismissed their last batsman in the final over, with the totals level.

In the CCA Senior Three, Gavin Harding and Josh Pope shared an unbroken 200-plus stand as they guided Fordham seconds to a nine-wicket victory over Horseheath.

Horseheath were able to make 225-8 with Mike Spreadborough taking 3-38, and after the loss of an early wicket, Harding 114* and Pope 101* saw their side home for the loss of only one wicket.

On Sunday, Fordham won through to the next round of the National Village Cup by beating Overstrand by eight wickets.

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The hosts made 161-6 with Sam Buck (2-9) and Spreadborough (2-11) the main wicket takers, then Luke Duplooy’s 104* took their team to victory.

Elsewhere, Burwell’s recent downturn in form was added to by Swardeston, who dispatched them by three wickets in their East Anglian Premier Division clash.

Ed Fletcher’s 47 helped Burwell to 197, but Swardeston reached 202 despite resistance from Graham Hume, who took 3-56.

Burwell’s misery continued in the Tucker Gardner Division One, with the club’s second side also experiencing defeat; this time to Nassington by 130 runs.

City of Ely’s struggle at the bottom of the CCA Senior Division Two was made to last for another week after they were swept aside by Cottenham, who beat them by seven wickets.

In the CCA Junior Division One North, Wilburton got back to winning ways after two previous defeats by seeing off Girton. John Falconer (40) Lee Newton (56) and Tom Walker (60) helped Wilburton reach 205-9, before dismissing the visitors for 156.

An impressive stint at the crease from John Ellis helped Haddenham to victory over Willingham in Division Three North.

Ellis’ 67, a half-century from Darren Searle and 41 from Steve Bodell, pictured, guided the hosts to 203-6, and Haddenham took the points after restricting Willingham to 155-4.

Like their first team, City of Ely’s second side fell to defeat against Cottenham opponents in the CCA Junior Division Four North.

Despite 47 from David Cook and some fruitful bowling from Darey Horn (4-21), Ely slipped to their first loss of the season by eight runs.