Flying start to the season for Royston Cricket Club


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There was a perfect start to the season for Royston Cricket Club this week with five wins from five games.

The junior section started off the successful run with triumphs at U10 and U11 age groups.

Then on Saturday there was a clean sweep of victories for the senior section, which now features three Saturday league teams playing in the Cambridgeshire League.

“It’s been over thirty years since Royston CC has had three Saturday adult teams all winning on the same day so it’s been a great week,” said club secretary Richard Temple.

“At a time when many cricket clubs are faced with having to reduce their number of Saturday teams, for Royston to have grown from one to three teams over the last 10 years is a great achievement.

“It is a reward for all the hard work that has been put in place to maintain an excellent youth cricket programme, while also attracting new adult players to the club.”

The U10s kicked off the week with a narrow two-run victory over Cokenach with key performances from Harry Moss, Aadit Nath and Jonathan Swarbrick.

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This was then followed up with victory for the U11s over Saffron Walden.

George Greenwood’s 28 was the highlight of Royston’s innings, while Josh Wheatley starred with the ball, taking three wickets for just four runs.

Greenwood also took two wickets to cap a fine all-round performance by the skipper.

On Saturday, the first team had an away trip to Great Chishill, who batted first and made 215-7, with Angus Gent just missing out on a century (99).

Max Kindred opened the bowling and took 4-21 with Matt Gillham also taking two wickets.

In reply Royston lost early wickets but were seen home by Paul Leary (93*), with Martin Leary making 31 and Kindred also contributing with a crucial 39*.

The Crows won by four wickets with less than two overs remaining.

The 2nds had an emphatic win over Mill Green.

After posting 236-5, with Mark and Bonham Harper leading the way with 88 and 81* respectively, both were well supported by Praveen Nath who made 44. Mill Green were then rolled over for just 73, with two wickets apiece for Connor Little, Robert Greenwood and Jamie Drage.

The 3rds completed the fine week with a low-scoring win over St Ives 4ths at Royston’s new second ground at Whaddon.

Royston batted first and were bowled out for 139, with skipper Dave Isherwood marshalling the innings with 56* and Owen Reader (38).

St Ives were then bowled out for just 89, with Reeve Robin (4-14) leading the way.

There were two wickets each for Isherwood and Carl Matthews.