Ickwell fail to capitalise on bowlers’ dominance

Recent Ickwell action.
Recent Ickwell action.
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Ickwell threw away a great opportunity to beat Ramsey seconds in the Hunts League Division One on Saturday.

Ickwell put the hosts into bat and by the 20th over the bowlers had dominated and Ramsey were 59-5. However a sixth wicket stand of 60 helped restore the innings until it was ended when Daniel Denton (4-34) bowled Gilbert.

This left Ickwell with what looked a very achievable target of 136 runs to win. But this was not to be the case as they were quickly dismissed for just 105 in 31 overs. The only person to make a score of any sort was captain Ross Cunningham with 40.

In Division Two Southill Park’s Ricky Chamberlain made short work of Old Eastonians as his side coasted to a 116 run victory.

Southill chalked up 171-9, Oliver Thrasher top scoring with 40. Once Chamberlain had dismissed Eastonians’ openers their innings collapsed to 55. Chamberlain ended with 5-6 off nine overs.

For the second week running Biggleswade made the trip to Buckden in Division Three - and the story was similar as they narrowly lost.

Buckden’s Alex Marsh made a fast start before being bowled by Adam Dagless. Their innings was built around skipper Jonathan Mews, making 106 before he was stumped by Adam Lawrence off the bowling of Chris Waghorn. Waghorn finished with 4-47 and Dagless 2-47 as Buckden reached 230-8.

Wade made a good start with Conor Smith and Dagless taking the score to 61 before Dagless was lbw for 30. Smith went on to 69 before he was caught trying to up the run rate. Tom Franklin made 41 but wickets fell regularly and the innings closed on 222, Town losing by eight runs.

Ickwell seconds fell to defeat on The Green against Werrington in Division Four. Ickwell did well to restrict the scoring early on to just 129-4 by the 36 over. Sam Barrow bowled another economical spell with nine runs off seven overs. The visitors were dismissed for 175.

In reply Ickwell made a good start with Darren Williams (33) and Ben Faulkner (25) keeping then well on track at 70-1 by the 17th over.

But once they were dismissed the later batsmen, apart from Jack Faulkner (16), offered little resistance and Ickwell lost by 59 runs.