New-look Hampton have their sights set firmly on Cambs League cricket.
The city side have a new skipper in Gareth Clingo, a classy new recruit in Chris Bamber, a couple of new imports in West Indian Marcus Audain and Aussie Pete Rowe and a new ground in the township.
All that remains on the wish list now is a new league. Hampton will have to win Hunts Division One to achieve Cambs League cricket and they started in terrific style with a rapid nine-wicket success over a nine-man Nassington second team, last weekend.
Clingo said: “It might not happen this season, but the long-term aim is to get to the Cambs League.
“It’s a hard league to get out of though as everyone tends to beat everyone else.
“We look strong through. Pete Rowe is only 18, but he comes from a strong club in Perth that Adam Voges captains. Marcus Audain has played for Jamaica in the past, but he’s only here for a month.
“Signing Chris Bamber and Ian Kendall (from Newborough) has added to the quality we already had in players like Jon Dee.”
Dee smacked an unbeaten 70 from just 50 balls to speed Hampton to success against Nassington. Audain took 4-37 as Nassington were dismissed for just 127.
Hampton will receive a tough test of their title-winning credentials when visiting Ufford Park on Saturday (May 9). Ufford have won their first two games in style thanks mainly to in-form batsmen Ross Keymer and Andy Larkin.
Keymer’s has averaged 333 in his last three inningsof 181 not out, 64 not out and 88 in last weekend’s Division One win at Ickwell. Larkin was 77 not out in that game.
Burghley Park opened their top-flight season with a 47-run win at Waresley seconds. Newcomer Tom Banham struck 90 in a team score of 203-5.
Elsewhere Bourne enjoyed an excellent Bank Holiday weekend as they came through a tight Lincs Premier Division match at Skegness before beating local rivals Spalding and Market Deeping in their Winkworth Cup, the Twenty/20 Cup for ECB League sides, group.
An unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 41 between Rob Bentley (48no) and Tom Dixon saw Bourne past Skeggy’s 181.
Captain Pete Morgan and Conrad Louth scored heavily in their Winkworth Cup success.
Bourne now take on Grantham in the semi-finals at Sleaford on May 25. The final will also take place that day.
Deeping’s youngsters performed well in the Twenty/20 and teenagers Alex Wheatley (85) and Patrick Brown (4-28) were the star turns in an easy Premier Division win over Grimsby. Spalding lost to Market Rasen despite 103 from their South African star Warren Nel.