CRICKET: The ‘gr-eight’ season continues for title-chasing City of Ely

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Captain Michael Sellers insisted there is no room for complacency after City of Ely stretched their stunning Cambs Senior League winning streak to eight games last Saturday.

The Division Three table-toppers triumphed by seven wickets at Girton to increase their advantage at the summit to 40 points.

The home side opted to bat after winning the toss but could only manage to put together a total of 181-6.

Louis Cook led a smart City of Ely bowling effort as he claimed 3-23 thanks to the best performance of his debut summer at first-team level after Chris Reay removed both Girton openers during a nine-over spell that yielded 2-31.

The suspicion the hosts’ score was under par then proved to be correct as City of Ely surged to their latest victory with almost 14 overs to spare.

Skipper Sellers (44) and Jonny Wallace (24) got the run-chase off to a speedy start before Ben Cross added a further 34 with an innings which featured a giant leg-side six.

It was then left to Ed Aniskowicz to steer City of Ely to success with an unbeaten half-century. He finished on 57no with Tom Beaumont (16no) joining him at the crease.

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Sellers said: “Our bowlers once again worked very hard to keep Girton under 200 on a wicket that offered us no help.

“Confidence is high in the side right now with everybody contributing, but we have to keep doing the basics right and putting in the performances to get the wins.

“It is a different challenge when you go into a game expecting to win it, but we are doing an excellent job of it so far.

“We know that if we keep performing we have a very good chance of winning the league this season.”

The next test for City of Ely is a local derby date against Wilburton at the Paradise Centre this Saturday (1pm) as they reach the halfway point of the campaign.

The club could well be celebrating a promotion double in September as their second team continue to impress at Cambs Junior League level.

They strengthened their grip on second spot in Division Three North with a seven-wicket derby triumph against Isleham 2nds last Saturday.

Daniel Ingram (48) and captain Richard Lee (42) were the most sizable scorers as the City side eased past the visitors’ posting of 121-7 in comfortable fashion.

The 2nds are without a fixture this Saturday.