Cricket - Cambs take on the leaders at Saffron Walden

Cambs will be looking for more of the same from Asim Butt.
Cambs will be looking for more of the same from Asim Butt.
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Cambridgeshire complete their Unicorns Championship programme with a home game against Eastern Division table-toppers Cumberland this weekend.

The three-day match is at Saffron Walden Cricket Club starting on Sunday (August 16) and Cambs will be hoping to build on the victory achieved against Norfolk in their last game.

Cambs skipper Paul McMahon, who took 11 wickets to lead that victory charge, will again be hoping to lead by example and will be looking for more of the same from his Peterborough Town clubmate Asim Butt.

Butt scored 114 not out and McMahon was full of praise for his brilliant effort.

McMahon said: “The game against Norfolk was exciting and really pleasing to win.

“They batted very well on the final day but I thought we fully deserved the win having got ourselves into such a good position over the first two days.

“Asim Butt’s hundred in the second innings was, in the context of the game and the pitch, the best I’ve seen in Minor Counties Championship cricket.

“We fielded a relatively young and inexperienced team, so hopefully the experience of playing in such a close game in a showcase fixture in front of a good crowd will hold them all in good stead for the future.”

McMahon went on: “It’s obviously disappointing that we’re mid-table rather than competing for the Eastern Division pennant, but we’ve still got the chance to have a big say in its destiny with Cumberland needing 12 points to ensure they finish above Buckinghamshire.

“With four wins and a draw so far, they’ll obviously be tough opponents and players like Gary Pratt, Richard Gleeson and Toby Bulcock will provide a difficult challenge for us.

“Hopefully we can get the win which would - if other results go our way - potentially result in us finishing third in the Eastern Division, which I feel would be a much truer reflection of the ability within the squad.”

Ben Howgego has recovered from his back injury and comes into the side for James Williams at the top of the order. Josh Arksey isn’t available so Joe Barrs comes back in at his home ground, and Matt Gouldstone replaces Michael Pepper.

Team vs Cumberland: Howgego, Richer, Butt, Bryant, Gouldstone, Robinson (wk), McMahon, Barrs, Hill, Dawborn, Rippington.