Bright future at Bretton Gate as youngsters lift county cups

County champions Peterborough Town Under 13s. From the left are, back, Dhaanyaal Iqbal, Kjir Hadi, Jai Venu, Sulaiman Saleem, Abubakr Raza, front, Daniel Laxton, Jamal Abid, Karanpal Singh, Saif Azhar (Captain), Daniel Wortley, Jack Brumfield.

County champions Peterborough Town Under 13s. From the left are, back, Dhaanyaal Iqbal, Kjir Hadi, Jai Venu, Sulaiman Saleem, Abubakr Raza, front, Daniel Laxton, Jamal Abid, Karanpal Singh, Saif Azhar (Captain), Daniel Wortley, Jack Brumfield.

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There was a double celebration at Bretton Gate last weekend as Peterborough Town won Hunts County Cup Finals at under 13 and under 15 level.

The under 15s beat Eaton Socon by 59 runs with Joshua Smith (43), Connor Parnell (36), Thomas Sanderson (3-23) and Sreehari Subramonian (2-16) all in good form.

County champions Peterborough Town Under 15s. From the left are, back, Morgen Turner, Zac Treweek, Samuel Wright, Connor Parnell, Thomas Sanderson,front, Samuel McAvoy, Adam Barker, Joshua Smith, Sreehari Subramonian, Tyler Moses and Gurneek Sahota.

County champions Peterborough Town Under 15s. From the left are, back, Morgen Turner, Zac Treweek, Samuel Wright, Connor Parnell, Thomas Sanderson,front, Samuel McAvoy, Adam Barker, Joshua Smith, Sreehari Subramonian, Tyler Moses and Gurneek Sahota.

Town posted 150-6 before dismissing Eaton Socon for just 91.

Town now represent Hunts in an East Regional final against the champions of Norfolk or Cambs at Bretton Gate on July 19.

The under 13s beat Godmanchester in their decider. Daniel Laxton (4-10), Saif Azhar (3-6) and Sulaiman Saleem (30no) were their star men.

There are also plenty of elder statesmen cricketers performing well in the area.

The Cambs/Hunts Over 60s squad is so large they have split into first and second XIs and both are enjoying outstanding seasons.

The seconds have won all eight of their competitive fixtures this summer and have already qualified for the knockout stages of their national competition.

Even the might of Yorkshire held no terrors for Cambs/Hunts who beat them by seven wickets thanks to a ton for Castor veteran Nigel King and an unbeaten 90 from Graham Sainsbury of Orton Park.

Sainsbury has a batting average over 100 for the seconds.

The first XI are also set to qualify for the knockout stages even though they have suffered two defeats.

Star performers for that senior side include Stuart Arnold and Pat Ringham of March Town, Stuart Unwin of Wisbech as well as England Test player Nick Andrews of Market Deeping CC

Andrews bowled superbly in an over 60s Ashes decider against Australia at Sunbury CC last week, taking 3-51 in 18 overs.

But Australia’s 280 proved to be 88 too many for England who slumped from 105-0 to 192 all out. Andrews, who lives in Werrington, scored one batting at number seven.

“It was a very disappointing day,” Andrews admitted. That’s the first time we’ve ever lost an Ashes series.”

Andrews is now hoping to win selection for an Ashes series in Australia next season.