Cambs facing an early knockout

Sam Rippington was in excellent form for Cambs in the Unicorns Trophy.
Sam Rippington was in excellent form for Cambs in the Unicorns Trophy.
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Cambs have a mountain to climb to qualify for the knockout stages of the Unicorns Trophy, the one-day competition for the Minor Counties.

Cambs lost their first two group games to Herts (May 3) and Beds (May 4) over the weekend so victory in their next match against Suffolk at Bury St Edmunds this Sunday (May 10) is crucial.

Herts beat Cambs at Clare College, Cambridge by 36 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method after a rain-affected day. Peterborough Town’s Asim Butt cracked 50 from just 35 balls as Cambs started their pursuit of 220-7 in just 28 overs in rapid style, but despite 43 from Ramsey’s Michael Cafferkey their challenge petered out.

Butt was missing against Beds at Luton after suffering a side strain and Cambs missed him. Captain Paul McMahon, Peterborough Town’s professional, top scored with 39 in a team score of 227-8 with James Williams (Wisbech), Cafferkey and Ketton’s Rob Woolley also passing 30.

Beds won a tight game with two wickets to spare despite 4-44 from Wisbech left-arm seamer Sam Rippington. Sam Johnson finished unbeaten on 106 for Beds after he was dropped three times by clumsy Cambs fielders.

SCORES

Herts 220-7 from 28 overs (B. Frazer 53, J. Arksey 3-48, S Rippington 2-46)

Cambs 118-6 from 16.4 overs (A. Butt 50, M. Cafferkey 43)

Cambs 227-8 from 50 overs (P. McMahon 39, J. Williams 36, M. Cafferkey 32, C. Thompson 32, R. Woolley 30).

Beds 232-8 from 48.4 overs (S. Johnson 102, A. Reynoldson 42, S. Rippington 4-44).