Cambridgeshire County Council regains the Muckspreaders Cup
For the first time in two years Cambridgeshire County Council has won the Muckspreaders Cup, an annual cricket match between County Farms tenants and authority.
This year’s event took place on Friday 9 June at Sutton Cricket Ground.
The Cambridgeshire County Council run county farms estate provides an opportunity for the next generation of farmers to start their careers. The estate was purchased over time from 1908, rapidly expanding after WW1 and WW2. It now holds over 190 tenants, with 150 fully equipped farms with a house and farm buildings, alongside 100 land parcels let under separate agreements.
Following the toss the County Council voted to bat. The top scorer was Ben Sawyer with 39 runs, closely followed by Neil Hunter and Mark Freer with 26 and 23 runs respectively. Some good bowling by Dale Abblitt, George Munns and David Wheatley resulted in a wicket each and limited the total score to 138.
With the target set the tenants took their turn, with Sean Goodger and Dale Abblitt opening the batting. Sean scored 28 runs before retiring; Dale Abblitt and Chris Robinson finished joint top scorers with 30 runs each. It came down to the last over but the tenants fell short of the target finishing on a score of 122.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Commercial and Investment Committee, Councillor Joshua Schumann said, “Our county farms are a fantastic asset and the Muckspreaders Cup is one of the estates key events of the year. It has been a long time coming but I am absolutely thrilled that we have regained the Cup and brought it back to Shire Hall. We look forward to defending the cup next year”.