CRICKET: In-form Khalsa close to completing their ‘Great Escape’

Jack Bolsover batting for Oundle against Stamford.
Jack Bolsover batting for Oundle against Stamford.

City side Khalsa have almost completed a great escape from relegation from Cambs League Division Two.

Khalsa were cast adrift in the bottom two at the beginning of August, but since then they have won four games in a row and survival is now in their own hands with one match to go.

If Khalsa win at local rivals Newborough on Saturday they will be safe, no matter what fellow relegation candidates Weston Colville manage in their final game against bottom club Cambridge NCI.

Mannivair Singh (48) was man-of-the-match in Khalsa’s latest victory, by five wickets at promotion-chasing St Ives.

And March could also pull off an unlikely escape from relegation in Division One. They thrashed Burwell seconds by 182 runs last weekend to give themselves a chance of catching Saffron Walden seconds on the final day of the season.

March have a very winnable game at Waresley, while Saffron Walden take on Burwell. March are currently nine points adrift of safety.

Kiwi import Ash Vodnala has done his bit for a struggling March side. He scored 81 and claimed 4-15 against Burwell to take his summer tallies in Division One to 688 runs and 36 wickets - figures good enough for places in the top 10.

Unbeaten Godmanchester clinched the Division One title with a 13-run win over 2014 champions Ramsey last weekend, while second-placed Wisbech were slipping up by three wickets at Histon.

Bourne will pass the Lincs Premier Division title on this weekend, but they could still have a big say in who succeeds them as top dogs.

Bourne host current leaders Bracebridge Heath on the final day of the season with the visitors still requiring a handful of points to clinch top spot.

Bracebridge will have to be wary of Bourne skipper Pete Morgan who has found a rich vein of form with the bat. He cracked 96 in a five-wicket win at Louth last weekend to follow his blistering ton against Spalding the week before.

Bracebridge were frustrated by Market Deeping last weekend and by Emile Kriek in particular. Kriek was unbeaten on 53 when stumps were drawn on a draw.

Oundle have endured a lean time in league cricket this summer, but they must be acknowledged as the cup kings of the local scene after securing a third major triumph this season.

Oundle beat Stamford by 92 runs in the final of the Rutland League’s John Wilcox Trophy. Their fourth win in the competition in eight seasons.

Oundle also won the Rutland League Twenty/20 competition and, most impressively, the Northants Twenty/20 Cup.

Alex Martin picked up the man-of-the-match award against Stamford for his innings of 57.