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.
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).