Good weather for the ducks!
LOW scores were the order of another wet weekend, but Newborough seconds took batting collapses to a new extreme.
The 10-man village side were shot out for just 15 on the way to a crushing 208-run defeat at Rothwell in Rutland Division Five.
Newborough were spread-eagled by the Spreadburys as brothers Dean and Liam took nine wickets between them in just 10 overs.
Veteran Dennis Compton, who had earlier picked up four wickets in Rothwell’s 223-7, scored almost half of his side’s runs, but the only other batsman to claim a run was Matt Cawley who sneaked a single.
The other seven runs came from extras as seven Newborough men were dismissed for ducks.
It wasn’t a club record low though, In the 1960s Newborough were dismissed for eight chasing a Crowland total of 19!.
Ufford Park legend Terry Rawlings, the reigning Evening Telegraph Unsung Hero champion, was already a star in the swinging sixties and he turned back the clock to help his one and only club to a six-wicket Division Two win over Eaton Socon in Division Two.
The 64 year-old was promoted into the first team as cover, but promptly played a key role by claiming 4-26 as Socon were restricted to 117-8. Opener Tom Hart’s 30 ensured Ufford were untroubled on the way to victory.
Gary Freear (44 & 4-17) was the star turn as Wisbech saw off Stewart & Lloyds by 67 runs at Harecroft Road. Danny Haynes (30) and Jack Hastings (3-7) offered him most support.
In Division Four Oundle seconds completed an 82-run win over Loddington by dismissing the home side for just 42 with Dave Ryan (5-32) and Nick Costello (4-9) doing the damage and in Division Five Reece Smith (419) displayed all his first-team class to set up Castor seconds’ three-wicket win at Geddington.
Ufford Park seconds made sure of a fantastic day for the club by seeing off Warboys seconds by 45 runs in Division Six.
And another veteran was again the star of the Ufford show as Eddie Seymour followed a top score of 32 with a bowling spell of 4-18.
Peterborough Town seconds introduced a new star seamer in their Northants Division Two win at Rothwell.
Anand Kak doesn’t sound like he should be any good, but a 7-24 spell suggests otherwise. Matt Milner picked up the other three wickets as Rothwell were dismissed for 75 on the way to a six-wicket defeat.
The conditions were tough for batsmen, but Spalding’s Matt Hendry played superbly for 71 as they cruised past Grantham’s 141 for the loss of just three wickets in South Lincs Division One.
Runs were scarce in Hunts League cricket. Burghley Park’s Division One bow was ruined by a damp track at Waresley seconds and only Gareth Hook reached double figures in a team total of 57.
Burghley fought hard with the ball though, particularly Matt Simpson who took 6-23 as Waresley sneaked home with just two wickets to spare.
Ryan Evans (6-19) was another sixwicket star to finish on the losing side as Castor seconds were bowled out 14 runs short of Upwood’s 95 in Division Three.
Orton Park seconds mustered just 90 as they lost by six wickets at Ramsey thirds in Division Four, while Khalsa seconds shot Upwood seconds out for a paltry 44 in Division Five.