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Hobbiss hits super century while Jones claims six of the best

Michael Hobbiss salutes his century. Photo: J Biggs Photography (2585785)
Michael Hobbiss salutes his century. Photo: J Biggs Photography (2585785)

A magnificent century from Michael Hobbiss and a sensational spell of bowling from Michael Jones saw Burghley Park to a massive 292-run win in Saturday's Hunts League Division One clash against Houghton & Wyton.

Hobbiss' 166 helped Burghley amass a huge 319-5 from 45 overs which also included 79 from Chris Armstrong.

The shell-shocked visitors were then skittled out for 27 in reply with Jones leading the Burghley charge.

He took 6-8 from five overs, which included four maidens, while George Holmes helped himself to 3-15 from a similar spell as Houghton were dismissed in rapid and clinical fashion.

Barnack went down to a narrow four-wicket home defeat against Division Two leaders Ickwell who scraped home with two balls to spare.

The hosts had made 184-9 from their 45 overs with veteran Gary Scotcher leading their charge.

Scotcher struck his side’s top score of 68 while Nick Rushton (20) and Steve Best (26no) contributed some crucial late order runs.

Tahir Ali took a couple of early Ickwell wickets while Rushton and Muhammed Sohail also both struckn twice.

However, a solid partnership between Steve Proudman (60no) and Ross Cunningham (48) proved vital in guiding Ickwell to a narrow win.

Easton-on-the-Hill also claimed a quick-fire success after beating Blunham 3rds by seven wickets in Division Four.

They bowled out their hosts for 63 with Owen Merriman taking 4-10 from five overs.

Tyler Sculthorpe and Nick Mainstone also struck twice each with Charlie Sculthorpe claiming three catches for the victors.

Opener Tyler Sculthorpe then anchored the Easton reply with an unbeaten 18 while Alfie Coward cracked 16 to see the visitors home.

Burghley Park 2nds were beaten by their Ickwell counterparts by seven wickets in the same division.

They were bowled out for 119 by their hosts with Arnie Palmer (17), Duncan Roberts (20) and Adam Ireland (15no) their main run-makers.

Thomas Day then took two wickets in the Ickwell reply, but an unbeaten 39 from Sam Oakins eased the hosts home.

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