James on the mark as Rams savage Lions

Greg Rowland top scored for Newborough against Kimbolton.

Greg Rowland top scored for Newborough against Kimbolton.

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Reigning champions Ramsey are off and running in Cambs Division One.

The Rams savaged the Ketton Lions - who started the day with a 100 per cent winning record - by 183 runs at Cricketfield Lane yesterday (May 2) as opener James Markland cracked his second century in three outings.

Markland’s 101 enabled Ramsey to reach 270-5 in their 48 overs after being invited to bat. Ketton were dismissed for just 87 in reply with Michael Cafferkey (4-34) and Jonathan Cade (3-23) doing the bulk of the damage once defiant Aussie Ben Bryant (37) had been removed

Ramsey skipper Taylor West added a half century for Ramsey, while Aussie Joe Barningham made an unbeaten 46 and Jordon Cafferley contributed 43.

It turned into an even better day for Ramsey when the other top flight results rolled in. As they were winning for the first time this season, none of the three teams who started the day with 100 per cent records managed to win. As a result Ramsey are sixth in the table, but just 13 points behind leaders Godmanchester.

Wisbech were one of the top teams to struggle. They went down by 117 runs at Burwell seconds despite a decent all-round display by Cambs Minor Counties star James Williams. He took 4-30 as Burwell reached 236 and made 31 in the Wisbech reply of 119. Paul Edgeller top scored with an unbeaten 40 for the Fenmen.

March have lost their first three games, but are kept off the bottom by Warboys who have the same record, but fewer points. James Harradine and skipper Jody Betts both made 43 in a March total of 167 at Histon, but the home side eased to a seven-wicket success.

Fifth-placed Nassington were frustrated by the last-wicket pair Waresley who survived the final nine overs to force a draw. Dan Bandaranaike (75) top scored in Nassington’s 236-5 and Kasim Ikhlaq bagged 4-28 as Waresley replied with 137-9. Youngster Harrison Craig and Adam Scotcher took two wickets apiece.

There was a shock for Khalsa who started the day top of Division Two, but finished it in fourth place. Blunham are now top after dismissing the city side for just 75 on the way to a seven-wicket win.

Newborough were also beaten, They went down by three wickets at home to Kimbolton.

RESULTS

Division One

BURWELL 2nds beat WISBECH 117 runs

Burwell 236 (J. Williams 4-30)

Wisbech 119 (P. Edgeller 40no, J. Williams 31)

HISTON beat MARCH by 7 wkts

March 167 (J. Harradine 43, J. Betts 43, D. Hodson 20).

Histon 168-3 (M. Wright 84no, C. Ringham 2-25)

NASSINGTON drew with WARESLEY

Nassington 236-5 (D. Bandaranaike 75, R. Duffy 34, C. Craig 32no, D. Robinson 32, T. Norman 25).

Waresley 137-9 (K. Ikhlaq 4-28, H. Craig 2-22, A. Scotcher 2-32).

RAMSEY beat KETTON by 183 runs

Ramsey 270-5 (J. Markland 101, T. West 50, J. Barningham 46no, J. Cafferkey 43, A. Barringer 3-66).

Ketton 87 (B. Bryant 37, M. Cafferkey 4-24, J. Cade 3-23).

Division Two

KHALSA lost to BLUNHAM by 7 wkts

Khalsa 75

Blunham 76-3

NEWBOROUGH lost to KIMBOLTON by 3 wkts

Newborough 158 (G. Rowland 36, A. Dair 22, S. McCracken 22, A. Fisher 20).

Kimbolton 159-7 (A. Fisher 3-47, R. Trickett 2-22).