Spin­ners mas­ter dry St Peter’s pitch

Cambridge Edition - - SPORT - CRICKET RE­PORTS

CAM­BRIDGE A VS ST PETER’S XI

Cam­bridge won the toss elected to bat on a very flat and dry look­ing St Peter’s pitch. Open­ers Dil­lion Kel­li­her (46) and Scott Ma­jor (59) backed the cap­tain’s de­ci­sion and put on a good open­ing part­ner­ship. Once this part­ner­ship was bro­ken, St Peter’s were able to pick up wick­ets at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals to stymie the run rate. Hugo Bothma (24) and Keith Vin­cent (24) the only other no­table con­tri­bu­tions in a to­tal of 237 off 50 overs.

With three spin­ners in the Cam­bridge bowl­ing at­tack, Pa­trick Tom­sett opened the bowl­ing and ex­tracted prodi­gious turn from the wicket. St Peter’s out on a steady open­ing part­ner­ship of 36.

Tom­sett took the first wicket and pro­ceeded to de­liver a spin­ning mas­ter­class in cap­tur­ing the first six wick­ets re­turn­ing fig­ures of 6/32 off 10. St Peter’s never re­cov­ered and were bowled out for 73.

With the vic­tory Cam­bridge will host the two day fi­nal at the Vic­to­ria Square this week­end.

CAM­BRIDGE B VS PIRON­GIA

In the B grade fi­nal, Cam­bridge B trav­elled to Piron­gia look­ing to avenge a loss in­curred two weeks ago. Pironiga won the toss and bat­ted with a solid open­ing part­ner­ship of 80. With reg­u­lar wick­ets Cam­bridge were able to re­strict the to­tal 182/9 off 40 overs. Harry Baxter re­turn­ing the best fig­ures of 2/22 off 8.

In re­ply Cam­bridge had the worst pos­si­ble start in los­ing their first four wick­ets for three runs. Piron­gia con­tin­ued to pile on the pres­sure and wick­ets kept fall­ing till the mis­ery was ended on 46. A dis­ap­point­ing end to the sea­son for the guys but a solid sea­son none the less.

THE AN­TIQUES V AUCK­LAND CRICKET SO­CI­ETY

The team trav­elled to Te Atatua Park in Auck­land to take on Auck­land Cricket So­ci­ety.

Cap­tain Mur­ray Mayston in his first game as cap­tain lost the toss and were put in the field by the op­po­si­tion. On a low and slow wicket the An­tiques open­ers Scott Mil­lar and Vickey picked up a wicket each and had the Cricket So­ci­ety on the ropes with 2-20 af­ter 10 overs. John All­press picked up two wick­ets both caught by Mur­ray Mayston be­hind the stumps. Tidy bowl­ing by Neil Rogers and Ai­dan Boswell kept the score at 60 runs af­ter 20 overs at the drinks break.

Sam Le­an­der with 4 for 9 in 6 overs fin­ished the Cricket So­ci­ety in­nings on 106 runs.

Mur­ray Mayston 20 runs, Sam Le­an­der 31 runs with the help of Neil Rogers 30 runs and Ai­dan Boswell man­aged to reach the tar­get in the 23rd over with 3 wick­ets down. The An­tiques win­ners on the day by seven wick­ets.

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