Hit-man Jones falls ton short

CCA Division 2NA Soham 240-5 Sutton 112 Soham won by 128 runs SOHAM entertained Sutton at Qua Fen Common on Saturday and piled on the runs after being put into bat. Robin Jones fell agonisingly short of a century after being caught behind on 99. Todd Bri

CCA Division 2NA

Soham 240-5 Sutton 112

Soham won by 128 runs

SOHAM entertained Sutton at Qua Fen Common on Saturday and piled on the runs after being put into bat.

Robin Jones fell agonisingly short of a century after being caught behind on 99.

Todd Bridgland opened the batting with Jones on a damp wicket. The pair had a partnership of 53 before Bridgland was dismissed for 19.

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Robin Jones and Dave Thomas shared an excellent partnership of 76, with Jones out after striking 16 fours. Thomas played well for his 56, which included seven fours and one six before being dismissed in the 38th over.

Iain Hobbs weighed in with 21 and David Lunn (12) and Lewis Beckett (8) were not out respectively, leaving Soham with a decent total of 240 off their 40 overs.

Sutton had a mountain to climb and were up against it from the start with Tony Kirby-Cook and Keith Metcalfe both taking wickets in their second over.

The pair struck again with two good slip catches coming from Lewis Beckett and Daryl Holland and Sutton were left reeling at 11-4.

L Brown put up some resistance for Sutton with 24 but could not help wickets tumbling around him thanks to Metcalfe and Kirby Cook.

Sutton's final man S Northrop hit a quickfire 42, however, managing to take the score from 53 to 112 with Brown before Alex French wrapped up the Sutton innings.

Notable bowling performances were Metcalfe's 5-41 off of his 10 overs, Kirby-Cook with 3-36 off seven overs and Alex French with one wicket for 21 off seven overs.

Wicketkeeper Jones rounded off a great match with three catches to add to his knock of 99.

Tucker Premier League

Khalsa 121 Fordham 72

Khalsa won by 49 runs

FORDHAM'S disappointing start to their season continued with a 49-run defeat at the hands of new boys Khalsa.

On a day that favoured the bowlers, Khalsa were under pressure from the start as their top five wickets fell with only 23 runs on the board.

A mini-recovery allowed them to reach 77-5, but then, with nothing to lose, the visitors attacked and Fordham allowed their opponents to make more runs than they should have done.

Khalsa were dismissed in the 38th over for 121, opener Ahmed top-scoring with 48.

For Fordham, Clinton Cornwell took 4-27 off 14 overs in a determined spell and he was supported well by Craig Theobald (3-27) and Dave Stannard (3-25).

Fordham never looked comfortable, and with the introduction of Sharma into the attack they struggled to take control.

Only three batsmen made double figures as the Fordham innings fell apart and they slumped to 72 all out.

n Fordham's second and third XI matches fell victim to Saturday's downpour, without a ball being bowled.

National Village Championship

Fordham 200-9 Castle Rising 169

Fordham won by 31 runs

FORDHAM gained a much-needed confidence boost by defeating Norfolk outfit Castle Rising on Sunday.

Chris Rule (45) and Mark Silcock (20) gave Fordham a solid foundation with an opening stand of 64 in 18 overs.

Matt Foulds (38) enhanced his side's position and a cameo of lusty blows from Darren Theobald (29) came at the right time.

It was left to Neil Clark (21) to take Fordham to the 200-mark from the penultimate ball of the innings.

Fordham struck early on through Graham Arnold and Craig Theobald as the visitors struggled to survive. Castle Rising lost half their wickets with just 65 on the board but their middle order batsmen rallied with great effect.

It became apparent early on that the Fordham total was beyond the visitors and they were dismissed for a gallant 169.

All the Fordham bowlers were among the wickets with Craig Theobald (3-30) being the most successful.

CCA Division 4NB

March IV 187-5 Witcham II 122-9

March IV won by 55 runs

COLIN Alsop's 63 was the only Witcham performance of note in this match, which March always in control.

Batting first, March made 187-5, with Tyler Phillips and Tom Heaps taking two wickets each.

Despite Alsop's innings, which featured five fours, Witcham were always struggling in reply and ended up 55 runs short.


Harborough Hamtunes 214-4

Welney 131-9

Harborough won by 83 runs

WELNEY were well beaten by a strong batting line-up, with stroke player Clarke hitting an unbeaten 100.

Veteran Percy Bulsara took a fine catch at square-leg and Adrian Buxton ran out an opponent with a direct hit from mid-off, but Welney struggled when it was their turn to bat.

Only Buxton (31) and Jim Boyd (24) batted well.

Welney 194-7 Gooderstone 86

Welney won by 108 runs

SEAN Goodger's career-best 68 was the highlight of Welney's win over Gooderstone.

Goodger's knock featured 11 fours and one six in 50 minutes at the crease. Ken Smart and Stephen Kent both hit 35 to put together an opening partnership of 78, backed by Stephen Revett (27).

In the field, Malcolm Sargent took 3-15 and John Loveday 4-13 to polish off Gooderstone.