Clarke shines, but tro­phy knock­out loom­ing for Cambs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport -

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.

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