Daniel Baker has a look at some of the local sports from around the region.
In football, Cambridge United suffered their first opening day defeat since 2010 as they went down 1-0 at Exeter City in League 2.
Reuben Reid’s goal was enough to settle the contest. The goal came after David Forde saved a penalty from Reid, but the striker tucked home the rebound.
Luke Berry had a shot cleared off the line and a volley which flashed just over and Jabo Ibehre also missed a great chance for the U’s in the first half.
Histon saw their FA Cup dreams dashed for another year as they were humbled 1-0 at home by Northampton ON Chenecks in the Extra Preliminary Round.
But there was better news for Cambridge City who beat St Ives Town 3-1 in their pre-season friendly. It was a game billed as the ‘landlords versus the tenants’ due to City’s groundshare with Town.
Tom Knowles struck an impressive hat-trick as the Lilywhites overcame a team who play in the division above them and two of Knowles’ goals came from range.
Elsewhere, Cambridge United’s under-18’s were beaten their MK Dons counterparts on the opening weekend of the Youth Alliance.
And Cambridge United’s Women saw off Wymondham 8-0 in their latest pre-season friendly on Sunday with Lauren Gibson bagging a hat-trick.
In cricket, the weather caused chaos across the county again at the weekend and Cambridge Granta had their game abandoned for the third consecutive week on Saturday.
They were playing Swardeston and the game was halted with Granta on 37 for 2. Both sides have been awarded seven points as a result.
In the Whiting & Partners Division 1, Histon’s game was abandoned, but Foxton and Waresley picked up victories while in Division 2, all our teams won except Cambridge Granta seconds.
In the CCA Senior League Division 1, only two games survived and the winners were Abington and Fordham while in Division 2, Cambourne and the Old Leysians emerged victorious.
In Division 3, only one game was completed in full and it was between Cottenham and Horseheath. Horseheath were the winners.
In volleyball, Cambridge Volleyball Club hosted a tournament at the weekend and more than 50 teams went head-to-head across two days.
In snooker, Cambridge’s Neil Robertson is in action on Tuesday night when he takes on Sanderson Lam in the World Open qualifiers.
The Australian, who recently won the Hong Kong Masters, beat Jamie Barrett in the European Masters qualifiers on Thursday too.
In horse racing, 14 races took place at Newmarket across Friday and Saturday and Saturday’s winners included Swift Approval and Amazing Red.
And in hockey, Cambridge City Hockey Club have snapped up a gold medal hero. Hannah Richardson-Walsh has joined the club for the new season which gets underway next month.
Published by Daniel Baker