Sports Review 2005 - July
FOOTBALL: Royston Town boss Peter Baker shocked the Crows by quitting the club after just one season in charge at Garden Walk. Both Baker and the Crows said the move was by mutual consent, with Baker claiming he believed he would struggle to maintain the
FOOTBALL: Royston Town boss Peter Baker shocked the Crows by quitting the club after just one season in charge at Garden Walk.
Both Baker and the Crows said the move was by mutual consent, with Baker claiming he believed he would struggle to maintain the team's form which saw them pull away from the Spartan South Midlands League relegation zone at the end of last season.
"I didn't take up the offer to continue next season as my biggest single fear was that I don't think that I could pull in the quality of players, on the resources I had, to have a successful season," he said.
"Games such as Hoddesdon and Harpenden still haunt me, and I didn't want to be in a position where I wished that I had quit during the summer."
The Crows moved quickly to replace Baker, appointing Mark Saggers and Brian Cannon.
CRICKET: Royston were unable to build on their good performance against Granta, as they were hammered at Ramsey. The home side chalked up 203 in their 48 overs.
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With a small boundary on one side of the wicket and a rapidly drying track, the target was certainly not impossible but, at 32-5, the best Royston could hope for was to get to at least pick up some batting bonus points by reaching 140.
It was not to be, however, as the Royston batsmen threw away their wickets and were all out for 55, leaving team manager Richard Temple a disappointed man. He said: "After our bad start in the field, we turned things around really well and 204 was certainly not beyond our reach.
"Unfortunately, we played some pretty rash shots and never looked like getting close. Credit to Ramsey's bowler's, though, who bowled in exactly the right areas and took full advantage of the wicket, which was something that we failed to do."
BMX: The Mapp brothers had a mixed day as Royston Rockets hosted round six of the East Anglia Racing Summer Series.
The younger of the pair, Christopher, finished second in the masterclass, with Lawrence finishing sixth.
The Rockets had 21 riders registered for the event, with four of the club's newer members taking part in the under-nine novice class.
Jonathan Roberts kept up his challenge for a top three series ranking as he took second in the 17+ class, while in the 40+ class Leroy Seaton started his return to form with a third in the final.
CRICKET: Reed blasted their way to a third successive Keatley Cup final success - and re-wrote the record books.
The Hertfordshire League side became the first side in the competition's history to pass 200 in their 15 eight-ball overs. They set opponents Great Chishill a daunting target of 230-2.
Chishill had arrived at The Heath as clear underdogs and, after winning the toss and putting Reed into bat, they were clearly in for a long haul.
James Heslam led the Reed batting and rode his luck, surviving two run-out chances and a couple of dropped catches, before eventually being caught for 67.
Chishill, who play several levels below Reed in the Cambridgeshire League Division Two South, were never likely to be able to score at that rate, and the chase for runs saw three of their players run out, as they were dismissed for 131.