MINOR COUNTIES: Happy homecoming for Bruce

Lewis Bruce enjoyed an excellent all-round day for Cambs in Northumberland.
Lewis Bruce enjoyed an excellent all-round day for Cambs in Northumberland.

Cambridgeshire enjoyed a strong first day in their final Unicorns Championship match of the season (August 14) against Northumberland in Jesmond.

It was a happy homecoming for skipper Lewis Bruce who used to play club cricket on one of the most attactive grounds on the circuit.

Joe Dawborn claimed three wickets for Cambs in Northumberland.

Joe Dawborn claimed three wickets for Cambs in Northumberland.

The Peterborough Town all-rounder helped rescue Cambs from 75-5 and 107-6 with a fine innings of 60 and then took 2-11 from six overs as the hosts were reduced to 108-6 by the close, still 120 behind Cambs’ 228.

It was also an excellent day for Peterborough’s Joe Dawborn who cracked an important 31 low down the Cambs order and bagged 3-36 with the ball.

Wisbech Town’s James Williams also struck 31.

Bruce took the key wicket of home professional Jacques Du Toit who had smacked 61 from just 53 balls. Wisbech skipper Sam Rippington claimed the other Northumberland wicket to fall.

The match continues today (Augist 15) and is due to finish tomorrow.

Scores: Cambs 228 (L. Bruce 60, N. Jeyaratnum 33, J. Dawborn 31, J. Williams 31, S. Tindale 4-62). Northumberland 108-6 (J. Du Toit 61, J. Dawborn 3-36, L. Bruce 2-11).