Wisbech Town CC’s Minor Counties pacemen shone in a superb start to the 2014 Cambs Tucker League campaign on Saturday.
Opening bowler Sam Rippington and key all-rounder James Williams both bagged four wickets in a comfortable seven-wicket victory at Nassington.
Rippington returned 12-4-22-4 and Williams 8-0-21-4 as Wisbech restricted Nassington to 104 all out off 39 overs with tight bowling. Nassington had recovered from 53-7.
Wisbech skipper Alan Burton carried his bat with 46 to guide them to 107 for 3 in 33.4 overs.
Burton showed no sign of jet lag after returning from New Zealand.
He said: “It was a consistent wicket, but slow and low.
“We needed a bit of batting security to not put any hope in the opposition’s heads.
“Everyone hit their straps hard and our bowling and fielding was much better.
“Sam is going to take a leading role this season – that’s probably the best I’ve seen him bowl. Willo came on third change, hit the pitch hard and took wickets with some slower balls.
“Special praise to Brodie Ellis (17) who took two wickets. It’s good to have young players around.”
Jack Hastings will be unavailable for next Saturday’s home game with Warboys, and left-arm swing bowler Brad Apted is set for a call-up.
Williams bagged 6-40 as Cambs beat Cambridge University by 25 runs in a Fenner’s midweek friendly.
Williams took three wickets in four balls as the students slumped to 224 all out in reply to a 50-over score of 249-9. Rippington took 3-57.
Wisbech’s new Kiwi Andy Lane wasted no time in the Rutland League with an unbeaten 118.
Scores: Wisbech beat Eaton Socon by 45 runs. Wisbech 216-1 in 45 overs (A Lane 118no, J Bowers 50no, D Haynes 38). Eaton Socon 171-9 (G Freear 3-34).
Newly-promoted Histon produced an unexpected six wicket defeat of March.
James Harradine’s 89 earned his second Man of the Match award in three weeks as the visitors recovered from 101-7 to post 193 all out.
Skipper Chris Ringham said: “Fair play to them, they bowled a lot better than we did. The bowling unit, apart from Tyler Phillips, I can’t remember us bowling so badly.
“James rescued us with the bat. It was a disappointing performance against a side we should beat.”
Cambs county player Chris Budd fell to a diving catch behind off the third ball of the day.
Number six Harradine hit 16 boundaries and put 40 runs with last man Ringham, before being bowled. Stuart Mills added a decent 18. Aussies Steve Seymour made 28 and Stephen Shaw 18.
After the first 10 overs Histon were 70-2 thanks to opener Alfie Dixon. He finally fell to Callum Young for 92. Tyler Phillips was the pick of the attack with 1-23 off seven overs.
David Hodson will be back for next weekend’s clash with much-fancied Ramsey.