May the four-ce be with you ! Ed blasts first ton

CCA Junior Division Three Ely/Haddenham II 223-7 Bluntisham II 156 Ely/Haddenham won by three wickets ELY continued their fine form, notching up a fourth successive victory. Ely won the toss and decided to bat first on a deteriorating pitch. Bluntisham

CCA Junior Division Three

Ely/Haddenham II 223-7 Bluntisham II 156

Ely/Haddenham won by three wickets

ELY continued their fine form, notching up a fourth successive victory.

Ely won the toss and decided to bat first on a deteriorating pitch.

Bluntisham opened well and made the most of a poor start from the Ely batsmen.

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Opener Steve Jackson was out for a duck in the third over and Michael Tickner was out in the fourth over for six.

The in-form Ed Aniskowicz then came to the crease. Aniskowicz, in his previous two innings had hit 50 not out and 58 not out, and with Ely at 16-2, he was again relied upon to perform and he did not disappoint.

Aniskowicz had partnerships with Yardy (9), Foster (16), Higginson (12), Leonard (2) and Storey (5 not out), as well as a partnership stand of well over a hundred with the very impressive Gareth Wright (48.)

In the 40th and final over, Aniskowicz completed his maiden century, when a dropped catch on 99 allowed him to get the final run in what was a match saving batting performance.

Aniskowicz finished on 100 not out, carrying his bat for 36 overs in the humid air, and gave Ely's bowlers a reachable target.

The breakthrough came in the fourth over when skipper Benjamin Storey bowled the opener with his infamous slower ball. A change in the bowling attack was needed after eight overs and this brought A Foster and vice-captain M Higginson on to bowl at alternative ends. Together they starved Bluntisham of runs and built increasing pressure upon the batsmen, forcing silly mistakes, which eventually cost them their wickets.

The improving Foster bowled very well, utilising aggressive lines and lengths to take wickets. These spells of

bowling contributed heavily to Ely winning the game.

Higginson eventually finished with figures of 10-2-16-3 and Foster with 8.2-1-36-4 in an game which saw Ely perform close to their very best, both with the bat and ball.

Other wicket takers were B Storey 5-1-25-2 and S Cornwell 5-0-26-1.

The win has pushed Ely into second place in the league.

Division 1 North

Littleport 62 Little Downham 66-0

Little Downham won by ten wickets

IT took the Little Downham batsmen C Heaps (32 not out) and G Dewsbury (22 not out) just nine and a half overs to claim this away victory after Littleport were all out for just 62 with five ducks along the way.

R Palmer and P Baker bowled particularly well for Little Downham, with Palmer taking four wickets from his 10 overs with four maidens along the way and Baker taking three wickets from his 10 overs with two maidens.

CCA Senior Division 2NA

Coton 125 Sutton 141-7

Sutton won by 16 runs

ON a difficult wicket at Coton, Sutton found runs hard to come by.

Opening batsman Mike Vincent was Sutton's top scorer with 37 runs but numbers two and three both went for ducks.

Number four C Coulson (25) and number seven J Few (35 not out) ensured that Sutton had something to aim at when they took to the field with C Cooke doing most of the damage for Coton by taking three of the seven wickets.

The Sutton bowlers got right down to business by smashing through the first five wickets at a cost of just 36 runs.

Big bowling performances came from Colin Coulson, who took three wickets for 30 runs in nine overs and Few, who took two wickets for just 12 runs, including three maidens during his eight and a half overs.

CCA Division 2NB

Needingworth 149-6 Wilburton 147

Needingworth won by four wickets

AFTER a reasonably bright start, Wilburton's batting completely fell apart as they lost their last six wickets for seven runs away to league leaders Needingworth on Saturday.

Tony Jacobs and Stuart Norman notched up 41 for the second wicket and then S Norman and Andy Buller went on to stamp some authority on the game for the away side as they notched up a combined total of 56 runs in 49 minutes before the third wicket fell.

The final six wickets were then quickly taken with minimum fuss in just two overs with Alan Phillips and Glenn Morris taking three each.

Wilburton's fielders, however, looked they were up to the challenge that lay before them as they looked resolute and aggressive.

After six overs things were looking good for Wilburton as Needingworth had lost their first three wickets for just 20 runs with Steve Marshall taking two and Ian Jacobs taking one wicket.

Needingworth's number three Antony Lowery and number five Ian Armstrong rescued the dire situation for the home side with some confident batting and they went on to take the team's score to 112-4 by the end of the 26th over.

Number five Paul then plugged away at a consistent five run per over rate to help his team along to a comfortable four wicket victory.

Thirty Five Over Friendly

Welney 107 Old Wilhads 161-9

Old Wilhads won by 54 runs

OLD WILHADS made it two wins in a row notching up a confident 161 away at Welney on Sunday.

Nigel Baker was the star of the show for the visitors as he smashed his way to 59 with nine fours and two sixes along the way before he retired.

Ian Giddings (18 not out), Steve Jackson (16) and Paul Giddings (15) were the other main contributors to the Old Wilhads respectable score of 161-9 which was recovered from at one point 78-7.

Welney's most impressive bowlers were Steve Kent who took three wickets for 35 runs and A Buxton three wickets for 32 runs.

Six Old Wilhads bowlers were amongst the wickets, most notably Paul Giddings, getting three wickets for 10 runs off just three overs, Ian Giddings 2-13 and Brian Story 2-7.

Number three A Buxton was the top scorer for Welney with 29 runs, opening batsman Kevin Smart scored 18 and 19 runs came from extras.

Welney were all out for 107, and all but one wicket were taken with catches.


Iselham 159 Babraham 209-9

Isleham faced Babraham at the recreation ground in a clash that featured two of the better teams within the division.

Babraham batted first and made 209-9 from their 45 overs.

C Thompson was the pick of the batsmen scoring 66.

Daniel Cant and Mel Pryor both took three wickets for Isleham.

The 209 total should have been within Isleham's reach but both of their opening batsmen were dismissed quickly.

Gary Cowling (43) once again scored the majority of Isleham's runs.

This turned out to be the only significant contribution as Isleham were dismissed for 159 in the 38th over.


Witcham II 128 Iselham II 281-7

Iselham II won by 153 runs

Isleham made the trip to Witcham knowing that a win was needed to get their promotion challenge back on track.

Isleham opened the batting and lost their first wicket in the second over but then Robert Blair and Darren Diver put on an amazing partnership of 149 for the second wicket, hitting the Witcham bowlers to all parts of the ground.

Diver eventually fell for 70 but Blair continued the onslaught and reached his century in the 31st over before falling to McKenna for 103.

Witcham responded with C Alsop scoring 51 before being dismissed by M Hancock.

L Sheldrick bowled tremendously for Isleham taking four wickets.

A mention must also go to Isleham's young bowlers Tom Hancock and J Norman who each took two wickets. Witcham were bowled out for 128 in the 26th over, still 153 runs short of Isleham's total.