Cambs League: Fenmen set for Division One title showdown

Harrison Craig made it 36 Cambs Division One wickets for the season with a 5-47 spell for Nassington against Waresley.
Harrison Craig made it 36 Cambs Division One wickets for the season with a 5-47 spell for Nassington against Waresley.
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There’s a Cambs Division One title showdown next Saturday (July 15) as top dogs Wisbech and Godmanchester clash at Harecroft Road.

The Fenmen currently hold a two-point lead after both sides won handsomely yesterday. Third-placed Ramsey, the reigning champions, fell out of contention yesterday after losing heavily at in-form Ketton.

Wisbech hammered Burwell seconds by 99 runs after posting 252-7 in 45 overs. Deposed Cambs wicket-keeper Josh Bowers cracked 84 while opener Sam Albutt continued his decent summer form with 60.

And then it was over to occasional twirler Bradley Apted. The native Kiwi has only bowled twice for the first team this season, but on both occasions he has claimed four wickets. He returned 4-23 yesterday to make it 8-36 for the season from just nine overs!

City man Tariq Aziz cracked 57 in Godmanchester’s comfortable win over Saffron Walden seconds, but players from further afield dominated Ketton’s 90-run win over Ramsey.

Hired gun Rob Woolley smashed 125 of Ketton’s 237-4 - his second ton in three matches - to blast past 600 runs for the season. Aussie Ben Bryant (70) offered him most support before steady South African slow bowler Ulrich Van Duyker took charge with the ball.

Van Duyker rarely takes less than three wickets in an innings, but yesterday he bagged his first five-wicket haul. His 5-31 took him to 37 wickets for the Division One season, the best tally in the competition. Shakoor Mahmood (4-29) was also in good form for Ketton who have collected 100 points in their last four matches.

Right behind Van Duyker on 36 wickets is 15 year-old left-arm spinner Harrison Craig who impressed again yesterday even though his Naassington side were surpisingly beaten by 35 runs at Waresley, Craig took 5-47 and Ryan Duffy 4-29 as the home side were dismissed for 196, but that proved to be plenty despite another sterling effort from Cambs player Dan Robinson.

Robinson scored 55 to move close to 700 runs for the season, but only skipper Alex Laud (23) offered any sort of support.

March eased their relegation worries with a 44-run win at Histon. It was just a second win of the season for the struggling Crows - their first at home - and they are now 20 points clear of the drop zone.

Kiwi Ash Vodnala was the star man for March, opening the batting and scoring 69 before taking 3-37 with his off-spin.

Khalsa remain in the bottom two of Division Two after securing a high-scoring draw at Blunham, but Newborough suffered a disappointing five-wicket defeat at Kimbolton after posting 160. Ross Harris (51) was Newborough’s top man.

RESULTS

Division One

KETTON beat RAMSEY by 90 runs

Ketton 237-4 (R. Woolley 125, B. Bryant 70).

Ramsey 147 (M. Cafferkey 32, U. Van Duyker 5-31, S. Mahmood 4-29),

MARCH beat HISTON by 44 runs

March 166-8 (A. Vodnala 69, D. Crame 4-25).

Histon 122 (M. Wright 41, A. Vodnala 3-37, C. Ringham 2-12, C. Young 2-25).

WARESLEY beat NASSINGTON by 35 runs

Waresley 196 (C. Lewis 91, H. Craig 5-47, R. Duffy 4-29).

Nassington 161 (D. Robinson 55, A. Laud 23, J. Smith 5-34).

WISBECH beat BURWELL 2nds by 99 runs

Wisbech 252-7 (J. Bowers 84, S. Albutt 60, T. Meyrick 20, J. Ghelani 4-56).

Burwell 153 (D. Jones 49, M. Burman 26, M. Bissett 20no, P. Redfarn 20, B. Apted 4-23, P. Edgeller 3-39, T. Meyrick 2-8).

Division Two

BLUNHAM drew with KHALSA

Blunham 275

Khalsa 229-7

KIMBOLTON beat NEWBOROUGH by 5 wkts

Newborough 168 (R. Harris 51, G. Rowland 37).

Kimbolton 170-5 (A. Rowland 2-37).