Clarke shines, but trophy knockout looming for Cambs
CAMBS face an uphill task to make progress in the Minor Counties Knockouttrophy after a 116-run defeat at the hands of Cheshire at Saffron Walden yesterday.
The local county reached the semi-finals of the competition 12 months ago, but to have any chance of qualifying from their group this time they will have to win both matches on a mini-northern tour this weekend.
Cambs had seen their opening game washed out so needed to beat a Cheshire team who already had a win in the bag.
But, despite a decent bowling display which saw the visitors bowled out for 262 in the 50-oversa-side contest. Cambs were beaten in disappointingly comfortable fashion.
Only Peterboroughtown opener David Clarke of the batting line-up could leave the ground with his head held high.
Clarke, fresh from an unbeaten ton for his club 24 hours earlier, scored 60 per cent of his side’s runs.
His 88 was the one bright spot of a dismal couple of hours as Cambs were shot out for 146. The next highest score was 27 from Glen Goosen, while captain Paul Mcmahon (11) was the only other Cambs player to reach double figures.
Alan Burton followed his blister- ing 136 fortown the day before with two, while clubmate Lewis Bruce and Wisbechtown captain James Williams also failed to contribute in a significant manner.
The locals did better with the ball with Williams bagging 3-44 and Bruce and Mcmahon finishing with identical figures of 1-48 from 10 overs.
There were ordinary debuts for former Unicorns squad member Dominic Reed and ex-england Under 21 international Chris Thompson.
The Unicorns are a crack team of players without first-class contracts who compete in the CB 40 Trophy, but Reed failed to build on an early wicket andthompson was dismissed for a duck.
Cambs finish their group matches at Northumberland on Sunday and Cumberland on Monday. Two teams from each group of five qualify for the quarter-finals.