Local cricket round-up: Week ending May 24

Haddenham CC V Abbots Ripton CC, Haddenham batsman Clive Jackson

Haddenham CC V Abbots Ripton CC, Haddenham batsman Clive Jackson - Credit: Archant

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Tucker Premier 2

IN an astonishing match where 20 wickets fell for 120 runs in 56 overs, it was Fordham who triumphed after fighting back against Newborough from a desperate situation to win by eight runs.

On a bowlers’ day, there was movement all afternoon and Fordham, batting first, slumped to 19 for 6 at one stage.

But Jason Harding with 14 and Clinton Cornwell 11 not out proved to be Fordham’s saviour’s as they took their sides score from a totally disastrous one to something approaching mediocrity.

Newborough’s Fulton claimed 5-10 as Fordham could only muster 64 runs in total.

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Fordham soon turned the tables on their opponents as the home side suffered early disasters, slumping to 20-6.

In a tense and somewhat riveting finale, Fordham claimed the final wicket with the home side still eight runs adrift of their target.

Harding followed up his crucial innings with 5-21, with Chris Reay grabbing 3-16 and Clinton Cornwell and Charlie Forden taking one a piece.

CCA Senior League 3

FORDHAM II were totally outplayed in their match against Godolphin and yet they had their chances early on, conspiring to drop crucial catches.

After pegging back their opponents in mid innings, Fordham then saw the visitors finish with a flourish to capitalise on their fine start and post 279-8.

Fordham began their reply well with Scott Blaber(38) and VJ Vithran (22) putting on 50 for the first wicket, but the innings capitulated from then on with bowler Jafer grabbing a late hat-trick to mop up Fordhams innings for 100.

CCA Junior League 2N

WILBURTON notched up their first win of season against Wisbech III.

From limping to 20-4 off the first nine overs, Wilburton recovered to reach 163 all out. Spencer Saberton - on his club debut - and Calum Steel added 68 runs in 39 minutes for the sixth wicket. Steel hit one four and two sixes in 26 and Saberton unbeaten on 89, hit seven fours and two sixes. Ryan Harnwell (4-31) and John Garner (3-27) were amongst the wickets.

A total of six Wisbech middle order wickets fell for just 21 runs as Wilburton came out fighting in their reply. Paul Dewey’s spell yielded of 3-6 while Lee Newton picked up 3-9 in 5 overs. Wisbech’s John Hallett (16) and Hugh Smith (5*), added 24 for the ninth wicket but innings closed at 83.

Steve Marshall (2-26), Marcus Brook (1-12) and Darren Bentick (1-13) picked up the rest of the wickets.

SUTTON failed to muster enough runs to fend off the challenge of Milton on Saturday.

Batting first, Sutton’s Michael Grady set the tone for the visitors as he made a useful 31. Ren Barnard chipped in with 21 coming in at number four but, their efforts aside, the next highest scorer was the extras column, with a whopping total of 27 boosting Sutton on to 134 at the close of the innings.

Opener Phil Bone was dismissed for just two runs by young Ryan Bowles as Sutton took their turn in the field. The arrival of Milton’s Liam Dye changed the course of the innings however, as he hit 11 boundaries on his way to a virtuoso 70.

Sutton’s Michael Grady was excellent as he picked up 4-5 off just four overs but his efforts were too late to save the visitors as Milton reached their total with five wickets to spare.

PYMOOR racked up their first win of the fledgling season, easing to a 105-run victory over Waterbeach.

Batting first, Pymoor managed a respectable 175-9 from their 40 overs, scoring at some 4.5-runs-per-over.

Waterbeach struggled in reply and, in little more than 20 overs, they were bowled out with just 70 runs on the board.

NEWLY promoted Haddenham beat Abbot’s Ripton by 18 runs on Saturday, their first win of the season.

Batting first, Haddenham managed 138 before they were bowled out. Despite a slightly under-par performance with the bat, Haddenham’s bowling attack rose to their task admirably, dismissing the visitors for just 120 to claim the win.

CCA Junior League 4N

CHRISTOPHER Tull smashed a superb 93 as Littleport romped to a 147-run win over Longstanton Grasshopers.

Batting first, Littleport were in excellent form, with opener Tull supported at the crease by Joe Murfitt (26), Andy Race (32) and Scott Connop (29). The hosts put on a whopping 241-7 at the close of the innings.

Chris Farnell struck twice early in Longstanton’s reply to dismiss both openers for just three runs, going on to finish with excellent figures of 4-18 as the top order was decimated.

Dominic Frost made 23 and James Playle 22 as the visitors fought back, but the returning Dog Marsh (3-5) and Paul Morris (2-21) made sure of the win, with Longstanton all out for 94.

SOHAM recorded their second win in three matches at the expense of Cherry Hinton II.

Batting first, Soham put on a solid 189-6 from their 40 overs. By way of reply, Cherry Hinton could only muster 109 before they were bowled out by Soham, handing Peter Fretwell’s side an 80-run victory.

CCA Junior League 6N

FORDHAM III so nearly pulled off a remarkable result when chasing down Madingleys 162.

Martin Hancock and John Parr came together at 89 for 9 and put on 49 for the last wicket, falling just 24 runs short of their target.

Tom Hancock made 42 in Fordham’s innings and earlier young George Bye bowled superbly to take 3-24 as Madingley totalled 162.