Cricket roundup: Newborough preparing for life with the big boys

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Newborough’s rapid rise up the local cricket rankings is showing no signs of slowing down.

The Bulls moved to the top of Cambs Division Two after seeing off Babraham last weekend and are now on the verge of joining the likes of March, Wisbech and Ramsey in top flight cricket.

Two seasons ago Newborough were a modest Hunts League club. Finding his team in pole position with three games remaining has surprised skipper Ross Harris.

“I did say at the start of the season that if our import Nathan Pobega took 50 wickets (he has 52) we’d be there or thereabouts, but I’d have settled for another season of consolidation.

“We’ve played well though and deserve our place at the top.

“Nathan has been outstanding, but he’s received excellent bowling support from the likes of Alistair Greenwood and Andy Dair.

“It’s good that promotion is in our own hands, but we have three tough games left against Abington, NCI and Yaxley.

“NCI are second, but there are still four teams in the hunt to go up.

“The weather did us a favour last weekend as we just got our game in before the heavens opened, while NCI didn’t complete their game.”

Pobega settled for three wickets at Babraham. Greenwood also took three, while Gareth Clingo finished with 4-15 as the home side were shot out for 96.

- Oundle bounced back from the disappointments of a week earlier by securing two valuabole wins.

They moved back to the top of Northants Division One after crushing Loddington by 125 runs and then saw off local rivals Peterborough Town by seven wickets in the John Wilcox Cup, the knockout competition for Rutland League sides.

Loddington were hustled out for just 33 with pace ace Petrus Jeftha (6-30) taking his victims for the season to an outstanding 61.

City side Jinnah moved up to third in Hunts Division Four with weekend wins over Bretton and Yaxley seconds.

Sajid Rafiq cracked 137 and Ali Hammd made 78 as Jinnah amassed 343-6 in 45 overs against Yaxley.

That match was won by 258 runs, while Bretton were beaten by four wickets after making just 113.

Young wicket-keeper Alex Martin was man-of-the-match in the John Wilcox Cup Final as his classy innings of 68 not out eased Oundle to a seven-wicket win in a disappointingly one-sided final.

- Teenager Martyn Gibson may be a Town first-teamer of the future. He followed up 55 not out in a second team Rutland League win at Thrapston on Sunday with 89 in a Hunts Development Division win over Orton Park 24 hours later.

He has now scored three half-centuries in succession.

South Lincs league

Josh Newton propelled Spalding to victory in the South Lincs Division One top-of-the-table clash at Billingborough.

Newton was 80 not out when Spalding passed the reigning champions’ 136 all out with five wickets in hand.

Spalding are now 21 points clear at the top with three matches remaining.

Sean Hook was the star turn as Spalding thirds beat Pinchbeck by four wickets in a South Lincs Division Three derby.

Hook claimed a hat-trick as Pinchbeck were dismissed for 106.

Spalding struggled in reply until Jim Clarke (36no) and Kevin Nottingham (27no) compiled an unbroken half-century stand for the seventh wicket..