Ton-up Clements matchless!

PUBLISHED: 11:10 07 September 2007 | UPDATED: 15:14 12 May 2010

MARTIN COOTE: Steered Buntingford home.

MARTIN COOTE: Steered Buntingford home.

A CENTURY from John Clements helped Buntingford seconds clinch the Division Six title with a comfortable win at Matching Green. Batting first, Buntingford ­suffered an early setback, losing Steve Baker for a duck. But Clements, together with in-form Stev

BATTLING ON: Cooper, one of Steeple Morden’s young attack.

A CENTURY from John Clements helped Buntingford seconds clinch the Division Six title with a comfortable win at Matching Green.

Batting first, Buntingford ­suffered an early setback, losing Steve Baker for a duck.

But Clements, together with in-form Steve Paola, put together a partnership of 99 before Paola departed for 49.

Although Scott Nash (6) did not last long, a lusty 36 from Kevin Poulton helped take the score to 200-3.

Clements was eventually dismissed for a magnificent 103, and Buntingford's innings closed on 231-6 from 45 overs.

Paola took five wickets last week, and followed this up by returning figures of 4-13, as he, together with Neil Atkins, destroyed Matching's top order and left them struggling on 14-6.

Although the tail offered some resistance, Clements ended his memorable day by taking the last two wickets as Matching were bowled out for 65.

nBuntingford's first team ­finished the season in third place, after a nine-wicket win over second-placed Newport.

Newport batted first, but were all out for 85 as the Buntingford bowlers cleaned up.

Mahe Chowdhury took four wickets to finish with 4-43 as only two Newport batsmen made it into double figures.

Although Buntingford lost Francois Dickson for a duck in the first over, this proved to be a false dawn for Newport, as ­Martin Coote (43 not out) and Chris Ford (25 not out) eased the home side to victory.

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