Cunningham hits another unbeaten ton to help Chatteris secure promotion

OPENER Kurt Cunningham’s dream season continued on Saturday as he smashed another unbeaten ton to help Chatteris secure promotion.

The 20-year-old’s stunning knock of 129 not out was his fourth Saturday century of the campaign and equalled his highest score in this season’s Cambs Senior Division Three.

His unbeaten innings helped Chatteris post 247-5 on their way to a 165-run win against Cambridge Granta III.

Cunningham said: “We were cruising in the league but we lost a few games and it started to get a bit hairy.

“Getting promoted on Saturday ended up being more of a relief than anything else. I came back to help us get out of this league and to enjoy my cricket again and both have happened. I’m delighted.

“I’ve played cricket with my mates, my brother (Connor) and my hometown team and it’s made going up feel even more special as a result.

“I’ve scored lots of runs, Connor’s batted well and we’ve won matches. It’s been a dream season on so many levels.”

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Kurt’s younger brother, 18-year-old Connor, hit 35 with Mark Leach also posting an impressive 44.

In reply, bowler Joe Menarry - who took stunning figures of 4-25 - helped Chatteris skittle Granta for a paltry 82.

And with just two games of the season left Chatteris know they can still win the league - but only if they win both of their games and Burwell II lose at least one of theirs.

Kurt said: “All we can do is win our last two games and hope Burwell slip up I guess.

“Going up was the main aim and it’s taken a big team effort to do it. Everyone’s chipped in throughout the campaign and now Chatteris will finally be back where they belong next season.”

Chatteris host Isleham tomorrow.