Daniel Baker has a look at some of the local sports from around the region.
In cricket, Cambridge-born Tom Westley was one of the stars of the show as England wrapped up a 2-1 series win over the West Indies on Saturday.
The ex-Cambridgeshire CCC batsman hit an unbeaten 44 as he and Mark Stoneman stood firm in a run chase which saw England reach their target of 107 easily.
Westley’s 44 is his second-highest England tally and only his 59 against South Africa in July can better that.
Elsewhere, Cambridge Granta’s home game with Great Witchingham was abandoned due to rain on Saturday with the visitors on 37 for 2 and chasing down 215 to win.
Lewys Hill hit 81 off 98 balls to record his highest batting total of 2017 and Michael Pepper added a sturdy 72 with the bat as well.
The wet weather also caused chaos across the Whiting and Partners Divisions and the CCA Senior League Divisions and several games in those leagues were also abandoned.
In football, Cambridge United’s unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday as they lost 3-1 away at Barnet in League 2.
Goals from Mauro Vilhete and Shaquile Coulthirst put the Bees two goals up before Leon Legge headed home a Medy Elito free-kick to halve the arrears.
But Vilhete struck again late on to wrap up all three points for the hosts and their first home win over Cambridge in more than 18 years.
The U’s also had to play the final ten minutes with just 10 men due to an injury picked up by Ade Azeez.
Afterwards, U’s manager Shaun Derry said: “Our first half performance was the lowest its been for a while.
“We wanted to come out in the second half and try and be more of a front foot team and put on a display that represents us. I thought we did that up until the goal that changed the game which was the second goal for them.”
Meanwhile, Histon struck four first half goals as they demolished Blackstones 5-1 in the FA Vase on Saturday. Joe Sutton, Ed Rolph, Shaun Jenkins and two from Matt Hayden secured the win.
Cambridge City also fared well at the weekend and made it three wins in a row in all competitions after seeing off Northwood 1-0. Ross Paterson got the only goal of the game.
In the Kershaw Premier, Great Shelford lost ground on West Wratting as they drew with Brampton. Elsewhere, Cambridge University Press, Cherry Hinton, Comberton and the Fulbourn Institute all won.
In Senior A, Milton missed their chance to go top as they could only draw 3-3 with Soham Town Rangers Reserves. Bar Hill were our only winners and in Senior B, Whittlesford beat Royston Town A 6-1, Sawston Rovers drew with Newmarket Town Reserves & Cambridge University Press Reserves lost to Wisbech St Mary’s Reserves.
Cambridge United’s Women drew 2-2 with Ipswich Town on Sunday while their development team lost 4-2 away at King’s Lynn.
Histon Ladies came from behind to beat Ipswich Wanderers 4-1, but their reserves lost to Newmarket Town by four goals to two on Saturday. Cambridge City Ladies threw away a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 away at Lowestoft on Sunday.
The Women’s Premiership, Championship North and Championship South also got underway on Sunday and the highest-scoring game was Cambridge Rangers’ 8-1 win over the Burwell Tigers.
In athletics, Cambridge’s Jonnie Peacock ended his year with a bang as he claimed victory in the T44 100m race at the Great North City Games in Newcastle on Saturday.
Peacock is appearing in Strictly Come Dancing and is also taking a year-long break from the sport as he gears up for Tokyo 2020. The Greater Cambridge 10k took place on Sunday as well.
In rugby union, Cambridge RUFC were beaten 14-9 at home by the Loughborough Students on Saturday while Shelford lost 37-19 to Hertford in Red Newberry’s 150th game for the club.
Cantabs were thrashed 62-12 by the Old Cooperians and the Cottenham Renegades were beaten by Bury St Edmunds thirds to round off a clean sweep of defeats for all our first teams.
But there was better news for Cambridge RUFC’s second and third teams who beat Chinnor and Cantabs seconds respectively and Shelford’s third team put 55 points without reply past Haverhill.
And in handball, Cambridge Handball Club got their season underway on Saturday with both the men and women in action against the West London Eagles.
Their men won 26-20 and are top of their league, but their women lost 22-21.
Published by Daniel Baker