Sad Fordham hopes go West after collapse

PUBLISHED: 15:39 31 May 2007 | UPDATED: 12:32 04 May 2010

Liam Eley

Liam Eley

Tucker Gardener Division Two Weston Colville 191-8 Fordham 113 Weston Colville won by 78 runs THE collapse of a promising partnership between Mark Silcock and Gavin Harding destroyed Fordham s chances of reaching their 191 target. Andy Brightmore,

Alex French bowling for Soham on Saturday – Pics: Helen Drake

Tucker Gardener Division Two

Weston Colville 191-8

Fordham 113

Weston Colville won by 78 runs

THE collapse of a promising partnership between Mark Silcock and Gavin Harding destroyed Fordham's chances of reaching their 191 target.

Andy Brightmore, with 89, was the mainstay of the visitors' innings with Scott Webb (29) also making a useful contribution.

They concluded their innings on 191-8 with Craig Theobald picking up three late wickets and Graham Arnold bowling 11 overs and taking 1-27.

Fordham required an average of four runs an over but they lost Chris Rule early on.

Silcock (32) and Harding (26) came together to forge a useful partnership to give the home side hope, but when the pair were dismissed, Fordham began to lose wickets at regular intervals and their chance of a positive result suddenly vanished.

CCA Division 1N

Longstanton 206-5

Littleport 203-5

Longstanton won by five wickets

DROPPED catches cost Littleport the match.

Littleport decided to bat first for the first time this season, hoping for a better performance than in previous weeks. After a slow start, T Foster (63 not out) and J South (52) pushed Littleport towards their total of 203, with C Lupson (32 not out) also contributing well.

An early wicket from J South, and an economical performance from Lupson (1-29) gave Littleport a good chance of defending their total, but Leach (45), dropped off A South (1-46) and twice off T Foster and went on to develop partnerships with Pryor (37) and Aspinall (40).

Leach was eventually caught and bowled P Frost (2-49), but the damage was already done, Longstanton reaching their total with two overs to spare.

CCA Division 1N

Fordham II 74

Newmarket 77-4

Newmarket won by six wickets

AFTER an early flourish, Fordham seconds were bowled out for 74 on a lively track at Newmarket, with Scott Blaber making 26.

Newmarket lost five wickets before reaching their target with youngsters Nick Foulds and Charles Forden taking two wickets each.

CCA Division 2NA

Coton 182-7

Soham 183-0

Soham won by 10 wickets

SOHAM convincingly won their fourth game of the season without conceding a wicket - thanks largely to an outstanding century from Robin Jones.

Soham won the toss and decided to field on a day that looked like a finished game of cricket was unlikely.

Coton batted well and half-centuries from opening batsmen J Curley and D Hale left them in a position of 88-1 after 21 overs. This was achieved despite good opening bowling from Alex French and the returning Peter Fretwell after a four year lay off from cricket.

Coton were then pegged back by 17-year-old Liam Eley, bowling in his first senior game and returning superb figures of 5-44 from 10 overs. He was well supported by Josh Pope and Alan Fretwell and some good fielding.

Soham started cautiously but were well on the run rate and won the game in the 33rd over with their two opening batsmen finishing unbeaten.

Pope backed up his bowling performance with 58 not out and Jones hit the winning runs to leave him on 103 not out.

CCA Division 2NA

Cambridge NCI II 267-3

Witcham 85

Cambridge NCI II won by 182 runs

WITCHAM were unable to make much of a game of it against a talented multi-national team.

Sandy Chauhan had the bittersweet experience of scoring 99 before going for an lbw from Lloyd Few's delivery, but Witcham were left kicking themselves after dropping catches from Chauhan.

NCI skipper Phil Schreb led by example, reaching 84 not out, and Few was Witcham's best bowler with 2-62 from 10 overs.

The home bowlers were clearly on a mission and got straight down to business.

Opening bowler Australian Jeremy O'Brian caused constant problems and finished on 2-23 and Sanjeev Balasuthenthirarajan was in devastating form, taking 5-14 from seven overs.

CCA Division 3NA

Pymore 197-5

Somersham II 69

Pymore won by 128 runs.

PYMORE cruised to their second win of the season on Saturday.

Strong fielding restricted Somersham's reply after the visitors had achieved a healthy 197-5.

A 50 partnership from openers Paul Ruskin and Lester Potter, who both reached 25 before being bowled, got Pymore off to a commanding start.

No. 5 Ashley Legge was the top scorer in the innings with 48 not out, and Sean Butcher (42 not out) and Jack Hargreaves (26) also impressed.

Somersham's opener L Robinson reached 38, but he was the only home player to make any impact.

Chief wicket-taker Steve Saberton took 4-20, Effion Davies claimed 3-13 and Jaime Butcher conceded just one run in seven overs and took a wicket.

Pymore are away to March II on Saturday.

CCA Division 3NB

Girton II 85

Littleport II 68

Girton won by 17 runs

LITTLEPORT were on form with the ball on a very wet afternoon.

A devastating spell from S Kimsey Jnr (4-8) left Girton on 25-5, with only Bett (33) showing any resistance.

W Good (4-19) came into the attack in the second half of the innings, ending with two wicket maidens. Kimsey Jnr returned to the attack, completing his five-wicket haul, finishing the innings, taking only 22 overs.

Yet again, Littleport were unable to back up their bowling with the bat. At 24-4, Girton's drive for victory was on.

R Wilson (16) and N Marsh (18) held a 30-run partnership, but once Marsh fell in the 17th over, Littleport could only muster a further 12 runs before falling 18 runs short of their target.

CCA Division 4NB

Newmarket II 177

Witcham II 180-8

Witcham II won by two wickets

MARK Northfield smashed a four from the final ball of the game to give Witcham's second team a dramatic victory.

Witcham now proudly sit at the top of the table, maintaining a 100 per cent record since the start of the season by winning four games on the bounce.

M Kahn notched 91 runs to help Newmarket achieve a respectable score.

Tyler Philips took 2-55, Ben Northfield 2-36 and Witcham's four other bowlers took a wicket each.

A fine 108 partnership between opening batsmen Graham Ralphs, who reached 62, and Colin Alsop, 31, put Witcham well on their way.

Ben Northfield (17), Philips (16) and Andy Badcock (11) notched up more runs before Mark Northfield gave the match a dramatic climax on his way to six not out.

CCA Division 4NB

Fordham III 59

Burwell IV 60-3

Burwell won by seven wickets

FORDHAM'S third team completed a miserable weekend for the cricket club, losing a low-scoring match at home to Burwell's fourth team.

The experience of Burwell's Simon Hudson was a deciding factor as they dismissed the home side for 59 before reaching their target with the loss of three wickets.

Both sides included several young players in their team.

Before the match, a minute's silence was held in memory of former club stalwart Richard 'Billy' Munns who passed away last week.

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