Cricket - McMahon leads the way in Cambs victory

Paul McMahon was in great form for Cambs.

Paul McMahon was in great form for Cambs.

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Skipper Paul McMahon led from the front to steer Cambridgeshire to victory against Norfolk at Horsford in the Unicorns Championship Eastern Division yesterday (August 4).

The Peterborough Town spinner, who took six wickets in the first innings, claimed another five in the second innings as Norfolk were dimissed for 301 - 18 runs short of their victory target.

Cambs added 12 runs to their overnight total before declaring on 223-6 in their second innings, with Peterboriugh Town’s Asim Butt remaining undefeated on 114.

Sam Rippington made a couple of early breakthroughs with the ball for the visitors as Norfolk were reduced to 35 for 2, but Sam Arthurton and former Cambs all-rounder Garry Park proved more difficult to budge.

The pair had got Norfolk to 102-2 at lunch and they continued to push on after the resumption.

Their partnership was worth 111 when Park fell for 53, and Arthurton was out for 62 not long after.

McMahon was responsible for getting both men out and he also removed his opposite number Chris Brown as the hosts moved on to 216-6 at tea, 104 runs short of their victory target.

Brett Stolworthy and James Hale put on 67 for the seventh wicket as Norfolk edged towards the target.

But Josh Arksey removed Stolworthy for 24, caught by wicketkeeper Dan Robinson, then McMahon (5-114) had Ryan Findlay caught and bowled for nought and Sam Groves caught by Michael Pepper for five.

And Hale was run out by Hill for 86 as Norfolk were all out for 301.