MINOR COUNTIES: Cambs win a thriller

Lewis Bruce took the match-clinching wicket for Cambs against Herts.
Lewis Bruce took the match-clinching wicket for Cambs against Herts.
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Cambridgeshire picked up their first win of the summer in thrilling style in Saffron Walden yesterday (June 21).

After both captains agreed to set up a last-day run chase (rain had washed out the entire second day’s play) it was Cambs’ skipper Lewis Bruce who took a wicket with the third ball of the final over to secure a 28-run win over Hertfordshire in the Minor Counties Championship.

Three wickets in the match for Wisbech bowler Sam Rippington.

Three wickets in the match for Wisbech bowler Sam Rippington.

It was a first win as captain for the Peterborough Town star who finished the innings with figures of 3-77 from 17 overs.

Following a couple of early declarations Herts were set a victory target of 261 in 64 overs. Bruce’s fellow spinner John Arksey collected 4-66 from 21 overs and his victims included the prize scalp of James Southgate for 88.

Peterborough Town’s Joe Dawborn returned figures of 1-32 from 12 overs, while Sam Rippington of Wisbech took another wicket to add to his two in Herts’ first innings. Town teenager David Sayer swooped to take the last-over catch that moved Cambs up to second place in the Eastern Division.

Nesan Jeyeratnam had top scored with 69 in Cambs’ first innings score of 251-9.

“It was a gareat game of cricket made possible by the two captains who both wanted to win the match,” said Cambs manager Ajaz Akhtar.

Scores: Cambs: 251-9 (N. Jeyeratnam 68, P. Richer 36, J. Dawborn 26no, A. Butt 24, D. Sayer 21, B. Smith 20, J. Southgate 6-79) & 92-2 declared (A. Butt 42no, P. Rucher 35).

Herts 83-2 declared (H. Palmer 40no, S. Rippington 2-30) & 232 (J. Southgate 88, J. Arksey 4-66, L. Bruce 3-77).