Humberto De Sousa helps Cambourne get off to a winning start in Whiting & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier League
Humberto De Sousa helped Cambourne to make a Whiting & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division Three debut to remember with a 26-run win over Wisbech Town II.
Having elected to bat first, De Sousa and Teemor Khan made sure Cambourne got off to a solid start with a first-wicket partnership of 77, before Khan was dismissed for 43.
De Sousa went on to strike 92 off 101 balls, including nine fours and three sixes. With Paul Bird adding a valuable 35 not out off 41 balls, Cambourne closed their innings on 246 for 6.
Wisbech made a promising start in reply by getting to 72 for 0, but wickets then fell at regular intervals as they were stopped on 220 for 8 at the end of their 45 overs.
Salar Baig was the leading wicket-taker with three for 32 off nine overs.
Burwell & Exning’s life in Division Three started with a 34-run defeat to Eaton Socon II.
Daniel Wood (62) and Luke Ashwell (42) steered Eaton Socon to close their innings on 235 for 7. Archie Jones and Frans Bester took two wickets apiece.
Despite the best efforts of Tom Williams (40) and Jones (37 not out), Burwell & Exning were restricted to 201 for 8.
Sawston & Babraham II’s bowlers delivered the goods as they started life in Division Two with a 76-run win at Waresley.
They were put into bat and got off to a tricky start as the dismissals of Ben Benson, Robbie Matthews and Marc Pearson left them on 41 for 4.
But Ant Phillips (26) and Sean Jenkins (21) steadied the ship to take them to 76 for 5.
Skipper Nick Griggs rescued things with 56 off 52 balls, and assistance from Chris Dixon, in a partnership of 36, and Steven Arthurton, in a stand of 29, helped Sawston & Babraham finish the innings on 159 for 8.
Waresley were rocked as they slipped to 18 for 6 in reply, with Dixon taking two for 11 and Sean Ward snaring three for 21.
The home side recovered to 60 for 7 with Ben Evans (37) and Robert Lowin (21) giving them some brief hope. However, the visitors’ spin duo of Phillips (2-6) and Atherton (2-5) wrapped up the tail as the Rams made it a winning start.
Foxton Granta II suffered an eight-wicket defeat to Castor & Ailsworth.
Having been put into bat, they were bowled out for 209, with Alex Hooley being Foxton Granta’s top scorer with 93, off 104 balls. Connor Parnell did the bulk of the damage with four for 47.
Bevan Stokie (90 not out off 76) guided Castor & Ailsworth home with 213 for 2.