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Cambridgeshire captain Simon Kellett hails overdue win

Simon Kelett
Kellett scored over 4,000 runs for Yorkshire

Cambridgeshire captain Simon Kellett has praised his whole squad after claiming their first Minor Counties victory for two years.

Kellet's men overcame Hertfordshire by 115 runs at Wisbech on Monday to record the long overdue win.

He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "It's very pleasing to have our first win for two years.

"It's all come together. The batting's been fantastic and every single bowler bowled well."

The hosts set the pace ending their first innings on 397-7, with Gary Freear top-scoring on 121.

Hertfordshire responded positively with Eddie Ballard's 102 helping them to 314.

You miss games at your peril in this team, when people come in and do a job you can't leave them out

Cambridgeshire captain Simon Kellett

Cambridgeshire's second innings total of 290 set the visitors the task of reaching 374 for victory.

They fell 115 short, mainly due to the off-spin of Paul McMahon, who took eight Hertfordshire wickets in the second innings, and 10 overall.

"I backed McMahon to bowl them out and the plan worked perfectly," Kellett added.

"The pitch here was perfect for him. When we have him in the side we're a different team."

A trip to Barrow to face Cumberland on 18 July is up next for Cambridgeshire and Kellett hopes to be able to name the same side.

"I know people are available again but you've got to back the people who are in the team at the moment," he said.

"You miss games at your peril in this team, when people come in and do a job you can't leave them out."

Cambridgeshire 397-7 (Freear 121, Budd 71, Rudge 3-95, Southgate 3-120) and 290-7 (Burton 87, Freear 62, Southgate 5-97, Frazer 2-94), Hertfordshire 314 (Ballard 102no, Hewitt 73, Smith 5-70, Cowan 2-43) and 258 (Hewitt 103, Rudge 42, McMahon 8-112).



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