Castor are closing in on a second successive promotion

Mark Wheat cracked 78 for Castor.
Mark Wheat cracked 78 for Castor.
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Castor are closing in on back-to-back Hunts League promotions after a dominant display against struggling Peterborough Town thirds.

The Port Lane players are neck-and-neck at the top of Division Two with Southill Park with just two matches remaining.

Southill maintained their challenge with a four-wicket win over Barnack, but third-placed Eaton Socon seconds slipped off the pace after suffering a 74-run defeat at city side AK 11.

Two teams are promoted and Castor could secure their Division One spot for 2016 with a win over rock-bottom Alconbury this Saturday (August 22).

They will have to wait a while to celebrate the title as their final game against Bharat Sports takes place on September 12.

“We’re not quite there, but it’s looking good,” Castor skipper Reece Smith stated.

Former Town player Mark Wheat (78) top-scored in Castor’s 226-6 last weekend before Stuart Dockerill (4-8) and Ryan Evans (3-14) helped skittle the city side for just 42.

Wheat is now just two runs shy of 500 for the season. He is the second-highest run scorer in the division.

Josh Bowers struck his maiden ton as Wisbech smashed Bourne by 174 runs in Rutland Division One.

Bowers has responded brilliantly to his removal from the Cambs Minor Counties team and his excellent run of form continued with 112 of his side’s 270.

“From our club’s point of view, Josh getting dropped by Cambs has proved very useful,” Wisbech veteran Gary Freear stated. “He’s batting like he has a point to prove.”

Freear remains the most likely winner of the Wisbech player-of-the-season award, but not for the usual reasons.

Freear is closing in on the first 100-wicket season of his lengthy career.

Injury has restricted the prolific run-scorer’s impact with the bat this season, but his off-spin has earned him 90 wickets in all competitions this summer, 46 of them in the Cambs First Division.

Freear boosted that tally with 5-17 in last weekend’s grudge match against Ramsey.

Wisbech were surprised to be written off as title challengers before the start of the season by Rams skipper Taylor West so a league double went down well with the second-placed Fenmen who are now 87 points ahead of fourth-placed Ramsey.

Wisbech won the latest encounter by six wickets after dismissing Ramsey for 132. Tom Meyrick smacked a rapid unbeaten 59 for the winners who have four matches in which to make up an 18-point gap to unbeaten leaders Godmanchester, starting with a home Fen derby against relegation-haunted March at Burrowmoor Road this Saturday.

City side Khalsa are refusing to accept their likely relegation from Division Two without a fight.

Newcomer Sachin Aggrewal struck an unbeaten 82 in a four-wicket win over Huntingdon, but Khalsa remain 37 points adrift of safety.