With the nation glued to England’s humiliation of Australia this summer, another ‘Ashes’ rivalry has taken place and a local side has been celebrating victory, writes Kyle Andrews.
Wicken Cricket Club made the trip to face their namesake club from Cambridgeshire in their ninth annual Wicken Ashes clash.
In very hot conditions, Wicken (Cambs) won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. And they took full advantage with big hitters Brendan Pollard (pictured) making 100 not out and Phil Horne (45) contributing to a competitive total of 240. Martin Driver was the pick of the home bowlers, taking 3-35.
The Wicken (Cambs) reply began well with top scorer Josh Pope chipping away at the visitors’ total with relative ease. However, when Pope was bizarrely run out backing up, the home side’s innings capitulated.
Impressive bowling from Robert Payne (3-17) helped to give Wicken (MK) a massive 150 run winning margin with the hosts all out for just 91.
The win means they retain the Wicken Ashes Trophy and can boast an overall 5-3 lead over their Cambridgeshire rivals.