Stuart stars in national success

Stuart Unwin and Pat Ringham.
Stuart Unwin and Pat Ringham.

An unbeaten half-century from Wisbech Town’s Stuart Unwin helped Cambs/Hunts Over 60s lift a national trophy on Tuesday.

In a nerve jangling last ball victory, the county veterans lost fewer wickets in a tied match against Durham and Northumberland, who only succeeded in getting another man run out off the final delivery, as Cambs won the Spitfire National League’s Knockout Bowl in dramatic fashion.

At a neutral venue in Yorkshir, Cambs batted first on a very wet wicket at Fishlake CC. At 66-2 off 26 overs there was a lengthy break in play and, having had the calculators out, the local veterans were given 11 more overs to bat.

Skipper Unwin made an unbeaten 51, sharing in a third wicket stand of 62 with March Town’s Pat Ringham, who made 35 as 98 runs came from the second stint at the crease in the 159-4 total.

Durham and Northumberland required eight runs from the final over, only to close on 159-7.

“It was a great way to finish only our second season in the league.” said co-manager Pat Ringham.

“The commitment from the players has been terrific - we started our first game on April 30 and have played almost every Tuesday since.

“We now plan to run a second team next year, so if any local cricketers in the age group fancies a game, just let me know.”