Hunts League: Ickwell pitted against tough opening trio

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Unfortunately Ickwell have played what are likely to be the three top teams in Division One in their first three games. Hopefully there might be some better results against other sides.

On Saturday they travelled to Burghley Park in Division One. Batting first they were soon dismissed for just 112 in 34 overs. Harry Young (43) was top scorer. Burghley Park passed this score in just 31 overs for the loss of four wickets.

Waresley 2nd XI travelled to Nassington for their Division One clash with a very inexperienced side, and came away victorious and with 18 points.

Bowling first on a slow wicket, Waresley destroyed the home side’s batting, by shooting them out for 53 in only 26.2 overs.

Pick of the bowlers were young Tom Baker, one wicket for just four runs in seven overs, and veteran Pat Ellerbeck (4-3). Waresley knocked off the runs losing only two wickets for a comprehensive victory.

In Division Two Ben Slater was left stranded on 98 not out in Southill Park’s fixture at home to Alconbury.

He was two short of a century as his side posted 194-7 in their 45 overs.

Alcobury’s middle order rallied in their reply but Shaylen Tomlinson-Patel’s 3-32 and two wickets for Kieron Brasier saw them fall 28 runs short at the close.

In Division Three Callum McGlynn took 4-32 and Simon Ackroyd 4-27 in Blunham II’s nine wicket victory over Kings Keys. Adam White (34), Scott Marshall (32) and Martin Sadler (32) steered the side home inside 17 overs.

Adam Dagless took three wickets for Biggleswade Town as Huntingdon & District scored 234-6. In reply Matt Twigg scored 48 but Town were held to 153-9.

In Division Four Ickwell II won the toss and put visitors Orton Park II into bat. Runs came very slowly as openers Chloe Sainsbury (14) and Howard Shoebridge (27) batted cautiously. The first wicket was taken by Tinu Thankappan (4-41) when Ben West took a catch at mid-wicket.

Nick Dutoit (31) coming in at number seven hit some quick runs before being well caught by ever reliable Sam Barrow.

Sam Wild picked up a couple of wickets including a fine catch off his own bowling. Sam Barrow bowled very tidily with only 15 runs coming from his ten overs and he got his reward with a wicket in his second spell. Orton Park II made 139 -8 from their 45 overs.

This looked a reasonable target to chase but it soon became apparent this was not going to be the case. In a fine spell of bowling Jason Joy (6-18 from ten overs) blew away the Ickwell batting. He was getting the ball to turn almost square and this, combined with some uneven bounce, made batting very difficult. Five of his victims were bowled and this included a couple off their pads. Ickwell were dismissed in just over 20 overs to lose by 63 runs.