CAMBS LEAGUE: Nassington on the up, Wisbech on the slide, Ufford win a thriller

Matt Milner took four wickets for Ketton against Blunham.
Matt Milner took four wickets for Ketton against Blunham.
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Nassington have emerged as the number one local challengers for the Cambs Division One title.

They’ve moved into second spot, just one point behind title favourites Saffrom Walden, following a significant three-wicket win at reigning champions Godmanchester yesterday (June 11).

Dave Stratton scored a half century for Newborough against Weston Colville.

Dave Stratton scored a half century for Newborough against Weston Colville.

Excellent bowling from James Pope (3-23) helped reduce Goddy to 69-6, but the home side’s tail wagged and a total of 157 was always going to be a test in tricky conditions.

Nassington were themselves struggling at 40-3, but a fourth-wicket stand of 93 betwen Aussie Adam McDermott (64) and Tom Norman (38) set up a valuable victory.

Ramsey tumbled from first to third after failing by 12 runs to reach Eaton Socon’s 236 at Cricketfield Lane, while Wisbech are now nearer the drop zone than top spot after slipping to a third defeat in a row at Waresley.

It was more a slide than a slip yesterday as the Fenmen were shot out for 110 on the way to an eight-wicket defeat. Gary Freear’s patient 31 was the top Wisbech score and he also took the only two Waresley wickets to fall.

Mark Edwards (6-33) was a one-man bowling show for Ramsey with Taylor West (66) doing best with the bat.

Ketton moved back out of the relegation zone after thumping bottom club Blunham by nine wickets. Former Peterborough Town players Matt Milner (4-20) and Ashley Rodgers (59no from 53 balls) were to the fore for Ketton.

In Division Two March Town’s bid for an instant return to the top flight gathered pace with a five-wicket success at home to Granta seconds.

Aussie Sam Freedman (33no & 3-27) was the all-round star for March, while Anthony Palmer (3-17) also bowled well as Granta were restricted to 128-9.

March are second behind St Ives, but 28 points clear of third-placed Saffron Walden seconds.

Ufford Park and Newborough both moved away from the relegation zone after beating Huntingdon and Weston Colville respectively yesterday.

Ufford’s win was a thriller as they secured success by one run after a nail-biting final over. Huntingdon, for whom Dario Cummins struck 99, started the 50th over requiring five to win with eight wickets down, but lost those wickets to run outs, including one from the final ball.

Earlier stand-in captain Ross Keymer struck 50 of Ufford’s 200-9.

Skipper Ali Greenwood (4-34) bowled well as Newborough dismissed bottom club Weston Colville for 145. Opener Dave Stratton (52no) batted throughout Newborough’s 146-5.

RESULTS

Division One

GODMANCHESTER lost to NASSINGTON by 3 wkts

Godmanchester 159 (S. Rose 56, J. Pope 3-23, C. Craig 2-25, T. Norman 2-25, D. Bandaranaike 2-40).

Nassington 160-7 (A. McDermott 64, T. Norman 38, B. Moynan 4-28).

KETTON beat BLUNHAM by 9 wkts

Blunham 112 (T. Burns 37, M. Milner 4-20, S. Mahmood 3-27, W. Compton 2-22).

Ketton 113-1 (A. Rodgers 59no, Z. Manzoor 28no, P. Rowe 20).

RAMSEY lost to EATON SOCON by 12 runs

Eaton Socon 236 (M. Pateman 83, J. Carpenter 65, M. Edwards 6-33).

Ramsey 224-9 (T. West 66, J. Carpenter 3-38, M. Rawling 3-42).

WARESLEY beat WISBECH by 8 wkts

Wisbech 110 (G. Freear 31, S. Albutt 27, J. Allcock 2-5, C. Chauhan 2-15, G. Cole 2-20).

Waresley 112-2 (A. Scully 59no, G. Freear 2-20).

Division Two

MARCH beat GRANTA 2nds by 5 wkts

Granta 128-9 (T. Clarke 48no, A. Palmer 3-17, S. Freedman 3-27).

March 129-5 (S. Freedman 33no, B. Pyle 26no, C. Booth 3-28).

NEWBOROUGH beat WESTON COLVILLE by 5 wkts

Weston Colville 145 (A. Taylor 40, A. Greenwood 4-34, V. Parvathaneni 2-18).

Newborough 146-5 (D. Stratton 52no, M. Daniels 3-26).

UFFORD PARK beat HUNTINGDON by 1 run

Ufford Park 200-9 (R. Keymer 50, S. Dahiya 30).

Huntingdon 199 (D. Cummins 99).