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Newmarket Cricket Club enjoy positive weekend with wins in the league and against a Racing XI

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It proved to be a weekend to remember for Newmarket Cricket Club, who followed up a comphrensive victory in the league on Saturday by hosting an entertaining clash against a Racing XI 24 hours later.

The Stampede were in dominant form during their trip to Castor & Ailsworth, who they bowled out in one ball shy of 20 overs for just 56 runs.

Newmarket used only two bowlers – skipper Mark Nunn (6-23) and Amit Gupta (3-34) – while the other wicket to fall was via a Maxford Pipe run out.

Newmarket CC hosted a Racing XI at the weekend. Picture: Mecha Morton
Newmarket CC hosted a Racing XI at the weekend. Picture: Mecha Morton

And the visitors wasted little time in knocking off the required runs, taking just 6.3 overs to get over the winning line with Ziaf Kulasi (28) and Pipe (14) both unbeaten in the nine-wicket triumph.

Nunn said: “It was a really great performance. Amit and I bowled very consistently, very straight and the pitch did a little bit. We kept the pressure on and made them play at everything.

“It didn’t take us long to knock off the runs either so it was a great day.

“The lads have shown character after losing some games. That’s now five wins in a row and you cannot ask for any more than that.”

Second-placed Newmarket will be back in Division Two action on Saturday at Kimbolton (12.30pm).

Meanwhile, the Twenty20 clash against a Racing XI raised more than £2,000 for the club and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

A number of the town’s trainers – including George Scott, Charlie Fellowes, Richard Spencer, George Boughey and Harry Eustace – featured in the encounter, which attracted a decent crowd at The Severals.

Nunn added: “It was really good and a very successful day. There must have been 150 people watching, which is very pleasing.

“The racing lads were fantastic and it was a competitive game. We scored 155 runs and I think they got around 134, so there wasn’t much in it.

“They’ve shown us incredible support as a club and are keen to make it annual thing.”

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