Burwell boost title bid

PUBLISHED: 10:33 26 July 2007 | UPDATED: 12:39 04 May 2010

HALF CENTURY: Witcham’s Nigel Pate was bowled for 33 in the match against Fenstanton two weeks ago but his excellent 54 helped to guide his team to victory on Saturday. Picture: Helen Drake

HALF CENTURY: Witcham's Nigel Pate was bowled for 33 in the match against Fenstanton two weeks ago but his excellent 54 helped to guide his team to victory on Saturday. Picture: Helen Drake

Tucker Gardner League Division One Burwell I v March I Burwell won by six wickets MARCH batted first in this low scoring match and were dismissed for just 93 in 24.2 overs. The March top scorer was opener Andrew Mills with 15, and Burwell s bowling attack

Tucker Gardner League Division One

Burwell I v March I

Burwell won by six wickets

MARCH batted first in this low scoring match and were dismissed for just 93 in 24.2 overs.

The March top scorer was opener Andrew Mills with 15, and Burwell's bowling attack was led by Ben Cross who took 5-33.

Cross was well supported by Merrick Fuller (3-42) and David Stannard who finished with 0-1 when he bowled Chris Peckett with his second ball.

Burwell had no problems in reaching their target, largely thanks to a good innings of 48 from Jack O'Keefe.

Kurt Cunningham (2-37) was the pick of the March bowlers.

The result moves Burwell into second in the table, three points behind leaders Camden and six points ahead of March in third place.

Tucker Gardner League Division Two

Fordham I v Khalsa

Match drawn

FORDHAM produced their best batting performance for some time on Saturday.

But they were denied outright victory by the weather and the match finally ended in a draw with Fordham taking 12 bonus points to Khalsa's four.

Fordham declared after posting a formidable 276-6. Khalsa responded with 102-6 after their innings was reduced to 33 overs due to rain.

Fordham openers Chris Rule (64) and Mark Silcock (50) played superbly to put on 109 for the first wicket and the tempo increased when Darren Theobald made a blistering 63.

Khalsa began their reply with a flurry of attacking strokes and raced to 40 in just six overs. But they were pegged back by the Fordham bowlers Carl Arnold and Jason Harding as wickets began to tumble.

Khalsa were reduced to 90-6 when a heavy downpour caused a frustrating delay and their target was then reduced to 190 from 33 overs.

After the resumption, they defended stoutly and Khalsa ended on 108-6.

CCA Junior League Division One North

Burwell II v Newmarket I

Burwell won by 95 runs

BURWELL II batted first and got off to a shaky start with openers Gavin Jones (7) and Kevin Smith (2) falling to Newmarket's David Grainger.

But the middle order batsmen of Reeves (26), Murray (19), Estall (18), Summerskill (32) and Vijithran (17) put in solid performances which helped their side to 147-9 off 40 overs.

Grainger was the most successful Newmarket bowler, finishing with 3-28, and he was supported by Samuel Rodman (2-32).

In reply, Newmarket were outplayed and outclassed as they were bowled out for just 52.

Top scorer was opening batsman Ollie Rix who made 10 and was the only man to reach double figures.

Burwell's Neil Ticehurst finished with 5-20, Sakthivel Vijthran took 3-20 and Matthew Driver returned 2-9. The result puts Burwell second in the league table, behind Somersham.

CCA Junior League Division Two North A

Soham I v Witcham I

Witcham won by 88 runs

A BATTING collapse proved to be Soham's undoing in Saturday's match at Qua Fen Common.

Witcham got off to a bad start and were struggling on 11-2 before Nigel Pate helped to recover the innings.

His score of 54 drew the support of Howlett (31), Houghton (33 not out) and Phillips (25 not out) as Witcham finished on 185-5 off 40.

Soham also lost an early wicket when Jones went for a duck but Todd Bridgland (47) and Ian Bowman (36) partnered well to put Soham back in the match.

However, the loss of their wickets signalled a Soham collapse that saw them go from 76-2 to 97 all out.

Hare was in fine form with the ball to take 4-18. Witcham are now third in the table and have played fewer games (nine) than any of their rivals.

CCA Junior League Division Three North A

Wimblington v Sutton II

Wimblington won by six wickets

SUTTON got off to a bad start, losing three wickets for just seven runs. A 77-run stand between Mick Few (24) and John Megginson (45) helped the innings along but only two other batsmen made double figures in a total of 130.

Wimblington started with a 107-run opening stand between C Gowler (40) and E Gowler (66) and their team went on to win. The wicket takers for Sutton where Graham Mayle (3-24) and Paul Maton (1-21).

Friendly

Old Wilhads v Welney

Welney won by five wickets

OLD Wilhads batted first on their home ground and made 63 all out in 28 overs. Welney's Steve Goodger (4-23) and John Rowland (3-6) were the bowlers who inflicted the damage.

Welney made short work of their reply, reaching 64-5 in 21 overs. Goodger top scored with 14 and Kent and Singleterry followed with 11 each.

Old Wilhads' bowlers Aniskowicz, Dewey, Jacobs and Baker took a wicket apiece and Jacobs returned the best figures of 1-6.

# ELY City won the third Albert Thulborn six-a-side competition by defeating holders Willingham at Littleport Leisure Centre on Sunday.

Eight teams took part in the all-day tournament with some big hitting the order of the day.

Willingham defeated Littleport B in the first semi-final, while Ely beat Spice City B in the other.

Dasgupta top scored for Ely in their total of 78 in the final, and Willingham never recovered from the loss of early wickets to finish 53 all out.

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