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James Gillespie was left five runs short of a century for Cambridge St Giles against March Town. Picture: Keith Heppell
James Gillespie was left five runs short of a century for Cambridge St Giles against March Town. Picture: Keith Heppell

James Gillespie was left five runs short of a ton in Cambridge St Giles’ six-wicket victory over Eaton Socon in Whiting & Partners Cambs & Hunts Premier League, Division One.

Eaton Socon won the toss and elected to bat first, and made a good recovery after losing Matt Rawling with just three runs on the board.

Jonathon Carpenter (65) and Keyan Gace (102 off 117 balls) joined forces for a 159-run second-wicket partnership.

However, from such a good foundation, they eventually ended their innings on 253 for 8.

Aatish Kean Maharaj was the pick of the bowlers with three for 42.

There was a collective effort with the bat for St Giles.

Gillespie and Zaheer Hussain put on 81 for the first wicket, but Hussain was out for 42 for obstructing the field.

Gillespie kept chipping away to eventually end unbeaten on 95, but it was Sam Thain that rushed them past the target, hitting 37 not out off just 19 balls, including six fours and one six.

Tom Newman and Will Brown saw Histon home to a five-wicket win over Ramsey. But Ben Kavanagh had a key role in helping them achieve a chaseable target.

Michael Cafferkey made 103, off 133, and Jordan Cafferkey struck 54, off 66, as Ramsey looked to build a big total.

However, Kavanagh’s haul of four for 55 off 10 overs helped dismiss the visitors for 244.

At 23 for 2 and then 78 for 3, Histon’s response was slow going until Brown (64) and Newman (60 not out) moved things along.

Yousuf Choudhary then hit 41 off 26 and, with Jake Allcock making 19 not out off 20, Histon reached 250 for 5, with nine balls to spare.

Milan Mniszko’s five-wicket haul guided Old Leysians to a seven-run victory over Newmarket.

Old Leysians won the toss and elected to bat, and made a solid start thanks to Will Routledge (39) and Tom Cox (45).

But Newmarket struck at regular intervals to keep the scoring down.

Andrew Bramley (49 off 47) and Joseph Gunn-Roberts (20 off 22) made valuable contributions as Old Leysians were bowled out for 215.

Maxford Pipe led the way with the ball, finishing with five for 38.

Four of Newmarket’s top five batsmen set the tone for the run chase, the pick of them being Crystian Thurton with 78.

But Mniszko slowed the charge.

Newmarket went from 183 for 4 to 204 for 9 at the end of the 50 overs, with Mniszko taking the final four wickets to fall to finish with five for 41 from their 10 overs.



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