Cricket - Cambs crushed by Cumberland in final match

Asim Butt scored 34 for Cambs.
Asim Butt scored 34 for Cambs.

Cambridgeshire were soundly beaten in their final Unicorns Championship match of the season against Cumberland at Saffron Walden yesterday (August 17).

Cumberland won by an innings and 59 runs inside two days to clinch the Eastern Division title.

The visitors resumed their first innings on 202-7 in their first innings and they extended their lead – Cambs had been dismissed for 110 on the opening day – before being all out for 271 in the 83rd over.

Cambs captain Paul McMahon finished with figures of 6-84 and his Peterborough Town clubmate Joe Dawborn 1-82.

Cambs openers Ben Howgego and Peter Richer had put on 24 runs together when Richer was bowled by Bullcock for 13 in the 14th over, and Howgego went soon after for 15 at the hands of Chris Williams.

A 45-run stand between Peterborough Town’s Asim Butt and Ben Bryant steadied the ship, but the former was unable to reach his half-century as he perished for 34 having struck five fours and a six.

That left the home team on 73-3 and wickets continued to go down as Bryant, Dan Robinson and Barrs all departed as the score moved on to 85-6.

Chris Hodgson was the scourge of Cambs as he then removed the last four batsmen to end with 6-30 and leave the hosts all out for 102.