Williams whacks 77 as Ickwell seconds move off the bottom

Ickwell seconds hauled themselves off the bottom of Hunts League Division Four with a hard fought win over Newborough seconds on Saturday.

Ickwell batted first on The Green and found it extremely hard to score runs for the major part of the innings.

A second wicket stand of 108 between Darren Williams (77) and Tariq Ahmed (47) laid a solid foundation to a reasonable total.

Later in the innings Gary Norris, Ravi Kodikara and Nick Proudman all helped to get the run rate up and Ickwell finished with 255 for 5. Nick Proudman made 44 from only 22balls.

At the start of the Newborough innings Ravi Kodikara bowled a fine spell and regularly beat the bat. He was unfortunate not to take more than one wicket.

Even more unfortunate was Sam Barlow (97) coming in at number 5 for the visitors. He batted extremely well and even with all the Ickwell fielders on the boundary to slow the scoring rate he still managed to find the gaps. Then there was what seemed to be a certain boundary that would bring him his first century in club cricket.

Maulik Shah stood right on the boundary at long on waiting for the possible catch. The ball fell into his hands, bounced out to be grabbed again and then bounced out once more to eventually be caught a couple of inches from the ground.

After this dismissal the run chase was over and Ickwell emerged as winners by 20 runs. Tom Beatty (3-51) was the most successful of the Ickwell bowlers.

In Division One Waresley couldn’t post a high enough score at Stamford and the hosts successfully chased it down with two wickets remaining.

Myles Cordeux top scored with 44 in Waresley’s 150 all out in 39 overs.

Robert Lowin, Gary Cole and Laurence Frederick took two wickets each in the reply but Stamford reached their target – also in the 39th over.

Southill Park were comfortably beaten at Castor & Ailsworth in Division Two. Opener Kieran Brasier was Park’s highest scorer with 47 but he couldn’t stop his side falling to a 110 run defeat.