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Cambridgeshire reach knockout stages of ECB 50+ County Championship

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Cambridgeshire over-50s reach national knockout stages
Cambridgeshire over-50s reach national knockout stages

Cambridgeshire over-50s have qualified for the national knockout stages of the ECB 50+ County Championship for a third successive year.

They finished top of Group Two to make progress, topping an eight-strong table that included Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Suffolk and Northamptonshire.

Cambs secured first place with a 60-run win over Bedfordshire at Cambridge NCI's home ground of Fitzwilliam College sports ground.

They won the toss and chose to bat, with captain Nigel Gadsby and Russell Doel both scoring 52 as they made 253 all out.

The bowlers then had Beds at 16 for 3 and, despite a middle order recovery, they were stopped on 193 for 9. Ajaz Ahktar was the pick of the bowlers with three for 21.

It meant that Cambs, Beds and Leicestershire all finished with six wins from their seven games and on equal points, but Cambs took first place by virtue of net run rate over the season, and finished top for the first time to qualify as on the previous two occasions they were runners-up and had away draws as a result.

The leading run scorers so far for Cambs are Akhtar with 349, Doel with 241 and Gadsby with 158, while the bowling stats are led by Steven Atherton with 12 wickets, and Akhtar and Dom Ralfs with seven wickets apiece.

Cambs will face Nottinghamshire in the knockout stages this Sunday (July 31) at Fitzwilliam College sports ground.

Cambs over-50s are also running a second team for the first time this season, which has helped provide the first team with a deeper pool of players at crucial times.

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