First major rains of cricket season cause chaos

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3:30 p.m. June 19, 2022



Rain has hit the Cambs & Hunts Premier League for the first time this season, wreaking havoc on some cricket clubs.

Eaton Socon’s Division One-leading game at home to leaders Wisbech Town was abandoned without a ball being thrown, with both sides taking seven points apiece.

Third-placed Foxton Granta took the lead with a win but there were defeats for the next two in the standings, Cambridge St Giles and Old Leysians.

The latter lost by two wickets to Ramsey climbing above them and into fifth.

David Carlaw took 3-15 and it was 3-16 from Elliot Durrant who also had the better score with the bat, batting 42.

St Ives & Warboys and Waresley’s games with Southill Park and Ufford Park in Division Two were also abandoned but Kimbolton picked up a second victory of the year, winning by 23 points against Sawston & Babraham thanks to a 4-30 from Heinrich Dippenaar .

Only two games have started and ended in the Third Division, and they have won runners-up Godmanchester Town and Eaton Socon.

Godmanchester are now third, five points behind Huntingdon & District whose game with Burwell & Exning was one of those abandoned, thanks to a 29-point win against AK XI.

They went 209-8 in a team containing four teenagers, Paul Swannell leading with 40 with valuable contributions of 36 from Ben Lemmon and 27 for Warrick Rhode, before 3-32 from Elliott Baldwin and 3-40 from William Blatch terminated at home. team innings over 180.

ESCC meanwhile beat their Wisbech counterparts by 44 points.

Luke Ashwell (61*) and Stuart McCrum (51*) led the second string 193-4 in their 40 overs, then 5-31 from Joe Donnelly, with 3-43 help from Adam Newman, eliminated Wisbech for 149 inside 32 overs.

They are now fifth in the standings.

In the Huntingdonshire County Cricket League Premier Division, Upwood are now second and just 13 points behind leaders Buckden, following a 127 run win over Blunham.

Daniel Malem (59) and Damien Whales (71) put in 86 for the third wicket and there were also 52 pitches from Craig Leigh in their 258-5, designed in just 29 overs.

In response, Whales and Zac Stevens each took three wickets as the opposing team were out for 131.

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