Staley century sees Thriplow end on high

PUBLISHED: 11:11 07 September 2007 | UPDATED: 15:14 12 May 2010

TAKE THAT: Thriplow’s Paul Staley hits out on his way to a century on Saturday. Picture: DICK HARDING

TAKE THAT: Thriplow’s Paul Staley hits out on his way to a century on Saturday. Picture: DICK HARDING

THRIPLOW wrapped up their league campaign in style with a comfortable win over Camden seconds. Camden chose to bat upon ­winning the toss, but were in trouble after six overs as Nigel Morris took four wickets to leave them on 30-4. However Alex Mutucumar

THRIPLOW wrapped up their league campaign in style with a comfortable win over Camden seconds.

Camden chose to bat upon ­winning the toss, but were in trouble after six overs as Nigel Morris took four wickets to leave them on 30-4.

However Alex Mutucumaranara, together with ex-Cambridgeshire and Royston veteran Nigel Gadsby steadied the ship and pushed the score on.

Mutucumaranara eventually ­perished for 37, caught and bowled by Dickon Turner, but Gadsby continued to look ­comfortable until Morris returned for a second spell and had him caught on the boundary by Peter Richer for 71.

The runs continued to flow for Camden until the last few overs, when wickets tumbled.

Chris Winer picked up a couple, including Griggs for 77, while Martin Craze ran out Barton with a superb direct hit on the stumps.

Camden finished on 234-9, with Morris taking five wickets for 55 runs.

After the interval, Godric Smith and William Russell got Thriplow off to a solid start, and put on 48 for the first wicket before both were out in quick succession. This brought Peter Richer and Paul Staley to the crease, and 15-year old Richer belied his tender years with some excellent stroke play.

With Staley playing some big shots at the other end, the pair quickly reached their half-centuries.

The batsmen continued to look comfortable, and their efforts saw Thriplow home with five overs to spare.

Staley completed the match in style, hitting his seventh six and completing his century.

He finished on 101 not out, with Richer on 77 not out.

n A young Thriplow thirds team were also victorious in their match against Babraham thirds.

Mark Deed and Max Baron opened the bowling in tidy fashion, and they took a wicket a-piece to reduce the hosts to 22-2.

Hull and Churchman stabilised the innings, and slowly increased the score before the introduction of spinner Ritchie Turner caused the downfall of Hull, who was caught by Alex Giasemedis for 15.

A controlled 46 from new batsmen Churchman helped take the score to 109, before Deed had him caught at point by Richard Ambler.

This was the cue for a flurry of wickets, which restricted Babraham's scoring and left them on a total of 134-7 from their 40 overs.

With a fairly low total to chase, Thriplow were under little ­pressure.

Ally Cliffe and John Deed batted steadily, scoring 59 from the first 13 overs.

Deed was out lbw for 19, but Tom Care played what proved to be a match-winning innings.

He and Cliffe both played some positive strokes, before Cliffe fell five short of his half century, lbw for 45.

Care struck the ball to all parts of the ground on his way to 44 not out, as Thriplow reached 136-2 within 25 overs.

He was joined at the end by Giasemedis, who finished on three not out.

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