Round-up of the cricket action in the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire leagues
The boost of having Nottinghamshire county cricketer Zak Chappell in their ranks wasn't enough to help Stamford Town secure back-to-back wins in the Cambs League after a Division One defeat at Cambridge St Giles on Saturday.
They went down to a 73-run away reversal with former Stamford schoolboy Chappell - who progressed through the youth ranks at Town - taking 1-23 from his 10 overs and scoring eight runs.
The hosts had made 270-7 from their 50 overs after being put into bat first with Russell Doel striking an unbeaten 116 not out for St Giles.
Doel smashed 11 fours and seven sixes in his 94-ball innings after Stamford had made a strong start to the contest.
They had St Giles reeling on 63-4 after Chappell and Brett Bennett took a wicket apiece with Vamshi Parvathaneni also picking up a brace.
However, Doel joined Zaheer Hussain to forge a 104-run partnership for the fifth wicket before adding a further 76 in the next stand with Sam Thain.
Alex Birch broke Hussain's resistance, courtesy of a Chappell catch, when he was one run short of his half-century while Ben Peck had Thain stumped by wicket-keeper Andrew Hulme for 24.
Stamford also struggled early on as they slipped to 13-3 with Hulme, Lewis Spice and Chappell all back in the pavilion.
Krishna Charit, who had earlier struck three balls of the last St. Giles over for six, removed Hulme with the first ball of innings and he was quickly followed by Spice and Chappell.
Dave Stratton and Birch rebuilt the Stamford innings with a 63-run stand for the fourth wicket until Birch was bowled for 41.
Tom Williams and Scott Chamberlain both fell cheaply before Stratton reached a battling half-century in a 47-run partnership with Peck.
The Stamford top scorer was eventually out for 50 while Peck made 38 and Bennett was unbeaten on 29 not out as the final Town wicket fell with their score on 197.
Stamford's scheduled home clash with St Ives and Warboys on Monday was postponed due to the wet weather.
Ufford Park also felt the force of in-form home batsmen as they tumbled to a 152-run defeat at Newmarket in their Division Two opener.
Maxford Pipe plundered an unbeaten 129 and Mark Nunn was 121 not out at the close as Newmarket racked up 361-3 from their 50 overs.
Ufford were dismissed for 209 in their reply as opener Matt Smith struck 42 and Andy Larkin made 45.
Tom Cooper (20), Wahid Javed (21) and Danny Harrington (18) were their other leading run-makers as Nunn collected three wickets for the hosts.
A strong batting display helped lead Burghley Park to victory in their Hunts League Division One opener on Saturday.
The Stamford side scored 271-5 from their 45 overs against visiting Upwood who were then bowled out for for 184 in their reply.
The 87-run success saw the opening pair of Michael Hobbiss and Chris Armstrong get Burghley off to a solid start.
They put on 91 runs for the first wicket with Hobbiss hitting five fours and three sixes in his 56 and Armstrong making 31.
After the duo departed, Ben Potter took over the run-making reins and blasted 14 boundaries in an unbeaten 91 not out.
Alex Ashwin was also in fine form as he plundered eight fours and a six in his 66 as Burghley posted a challenging target.
Daniel Malem led the Upwood resistance in their reply by top-scoring with 97 after sharing a 76-run stand for the third wicket with Craig Leigh (39).
But the rest of the Upwood batsmen had no answer to the Burghley attack which shared out the wickets.
Robert Emery took 2-3 from a productive three over spell while Mohammed Azhar returned 2-34 from eight.
There was also a wicket apiece for Ashwin (1-9 off five), Stuart Biggs (1-24), Caius Headley (1-39) and Ahsan Ali Azhar (1-13).
Stamford 2nds - who have rejoined the Hunts League this season - got their campaign off to a winning start with a 40-run success over Barnack.
Their opening duo of Liam Dave and Tim Juggins both made 64 as Stamford were bowled out for 178.
Muhammad Yaseen was the pick of the Barnack bowling attack with 4-9 from nine overs that also featured two maidens.
Amir Munir made 53 for Barnack in their reply as they were dismissed for 138 by a disciplined home bowling attack.
They looked in control at 90-3 but fine spells of bowling from the ever-improving Sam Younger (3-28) and young star Jacob Hewitt (2-22) guided Town to an unlikely win after older heads Richard Field and Mark Taylor had also taken two wickets each.
Sam Younger took 3-28 from seven overs while there was two wickets apiece for Mark Taylor (2-34), Richard Field (2-22) and Jacob Hewitt (2-22).
The victory will come as a great fillip for Chris Birch's side who are the only second team in a tough division this season.