Matt finish! Stevens blasts century to give Cokenach first victory

COKENACH collected their first Cambridgeshire League win of the season as they returned from Little Shelford with maximum points. Once again Cokenach skipper Peter Clarke managed to lose the toss and his side were inserted into bat. This was something th

COKENACH collected their first Cambridgeshire League win of the season as they returned from Little Shelford with maximum points.

Once again Cokenach skipper Peter Clarke managed to lose the toss and his side were inserted into bat.

This was something the Shelford captain later regretted as Matt Stevens and Adam Wardell put on a sensational 192 for the first wicket.

Stevens hit his first century of the season with a sparkling 111 and Adam Wardell hit his first league fifty with 54.

Nick Chambers added some late support with a solid 15 not out and Cokenach finished their innings on 219-3 off their 40 overs - a highly competitive total.

Shelford were never really in the hunt and finished 94 all out, with James Keel picking up four wickets and Peter Clarke and Jack Sirett picking up three apiece to wrap up the win with a solid performance.

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Great Chishill were involved in an enthralling match with Camden III in Division 2SA of the CCA on Saturday, eventually winning by one wicket thanks to a one-man show from Kirk Chilton.

The number three batsman hit an unbeaten 92 to secure victory, but this does not tell the complete story.

Six of his colleagues in the middle to lower order only managed single figures, with three so-called batsmen recording ducks.

It was not until Chilton was joined by wicket-keeper Adrian Drury, the last man in, that he found an ally. Drury stayed with his partner for six crucial overs, finishing undefeated on 0 not out, Chilton single-handedly adding 40 to snatch the points from a shocked Camden.

Earlier Simon Lipscombe and Ollie Stoop had restricted the visitors to 170 with five late wickets between them, setting up the match for its exciting finale.

Great Chishill II also won on Saturday, beating Elsworth II in Division 4SB. Simon Coxall and Mike Harris put on 90 for the second wicket on a pitch made damp by recent heavy rain.

Martin Levy then marked his comeback from retirement with a quick-fire 18 to set Elsworth a target of 170 at tea.

The hosts looked to be batting their way to victory as the pitch eased in the second session.

However the introduction of Tom Fagg's leg spin proved too much for the home side, his 4-23 destroying the lower order.

With veteran Joe Wright weighing in with 3-44, Chishill won comfortably in the end by 37 runs

Hatley & Arrington suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Barley on Sunday, due mainly to a century by the visitors' Chris Markham.

Batting first, Barley made steady progress, with Markham taking full advantage of any loose deliveries to go on and score a hard-hit 101.

Brian Symes added 34 not out towards the end of the innings to boost his side's total to 196-6. Nick Lenton (2-36) and Matt Knibbs (2-48) were Hatley's most successful bowlers.

In reply, Hatley suffered an early blow when normally reliable opening batsman Tim Davenport was caught out trying to deposit a full length delivery in one of the gardens beyond the square leg boundary.

More good catches by the Barley fielders, including two stunning one-handed efforts by veteran bowler Eric Davis, cut through the Hatley line-up.

Only the ever stylish Luke Knibbs stood firm to finish as Hatley's top scorer with 30, although his brother Matt livened up the end of the innings with some lively running between the wickets.

Hatley were eventually all out for 128 to lose by 68 runs.

Ashwell made the short journey home with the Cambridgeshire League points after a 12 run win at Bassingbourn.

The visitors elected to bat and openers Merrill and Davis batted well in the first few overs as the new ball and variation in bounce found runs hard to come by.

Bass' promoted Allen to open the bowling, and his first spell of five overs went for just 10 runs.

At the other end Ferris was steady but not at his best.

The introduction of Robinson got the breakthrough as Merrill was bowled for a well-made 30.

He was followed by Simmons also bowled by Robinson who always looked dangerous.

With 10 overs remaining and Ashwell on 129-2, Bass' thought they were in a strong position but Davis was beginning to score more freely and Skelding and then Moynihan took heavy toll on the attack.

The last 10 overs saw Ashwell blast 78 runs to finish on 207, with Moynihan making a quick-fire 43.

Tegg and Llein both picked up two wickets each.

After tea Bass went out in positive mood after scoring over 200 in their last match, and although Thompson fell early, Tegg and Smith looked in good touch with Smith reaching 50 with some big shots .

Smith fell soon after lbw to Simmons but Tegg was still going well and Bass had already scored 135 at this stage.

However, but the game swung when a mix up saw Tegg run out for a well made 55 and then danger-man Pousland was given out lbw ,just after launching a huge six

Ferris was then joined by Robinson but he followed Pousland given out lbw soon after.

Simmons was the key man for Ashwell as he finished with a five-wicket haul as Bass' ended their innings on 196.