Ketton’s Scottish international helps wreck Wisbech title ambitions

Ashley Fisher claimed 5-53 for Newborough against Blunham.
Ashley Fisher claimed 5-53 for Newborough against Blunham.
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Ketton have introduced another high-class player into the Cambs League and he helped ruin Wisbech Town’s chances of winning the Cambs Division One title yesterday (August 29)

Henry George Munsey is a current Scotland international who scored a run-a-ball 30 against the touring Australians recently. He’s been in such good form for his country in ICC competitions he’s been snapped up by Northants to play regular first-class cricket.

Munsey will play for Ketton for a couple of weeks to keep his eye in. Ketton supremo Rob Vitas runs a thriving cricket shop in Peterborough and his work contacts put him in touch with the hard-hitting batsman. “We signed him in the nick of time on transfer deadline day,” Vitas enthused.

Wisbech had the misfortune of hosting Munsey’s debut and the newcomer blasted 51 from just 37 balls at the top of the order with nine fours and one six as Ketton piled up 218-9 at Harecroft Road. Another paid player Rob Woolley cracked 86.

Wisbech needed to win to keep pace with leaders Godmanchester and they made a valiant attempt after slipping to 109-6. In-form Gary Freear (59) and Paul Edgeller (36) added 72 for the seventh wicket, but Wisbech fell 22 runs short on 196.

Will Compton, Shakaar Mahmood and Ulrich Van Duyker each took two wickets for Ketton. Sam Rippington returned figures of 5-50 for Wisbech.

Godmanchester now need just 19 points from their final two matches to win the title and that is assuming Wisbech claim a maxiumum 50 points from their two games.

Godmanchester maintained their good form with ease, seeing off relegation favourites March Town by 106 runs. Only Kiwi Ash Vodnala (3-51 & 38) put up much resistance for March who have a 24-point gap to bridge in two games if they are to stay up.

Reigning champions Ramsey have not put up much of a defence of their title. They went down by four wickets against Burwell seconds yesterday.

Nassington’s match at Foxton was called off. The home side had switched the game to Weston Colville after double-booking their own ground, but it was then cancelled because of a wet pitch.

Khalsa’s late charge to safety in Division Two gathered pace as they recorded a third straight win. Khalsa thrashed bottom club Cambridge NCI by 148 runs at Woodlands after piling up 226-7 and dismissing their visitors for 226-7.

Kirpal Singh registered a half century for Khalsa with father Jaspal Singh then taking 5-35.

David Cooper struck a half century and Ash Fisher bagged five wickets in Newborough’s high-scoring defeat at home to Blunham.

RESULTS

Division One

GODMANCHESTER beat MARCH by 106 runs

Godmanchester 235-5 (P. Swannell 72, A. Vodnala 3-51)

March 129 (A. Vodnala 38, S. Clarke 20no, E. Baldwin 5-51).

WISBECH lost to KETTON by 22 runs

Ketton 218-9 (R. Woolley 86, H. Munsey 54, S. Rippington 5-50, B. Apted 2-27).

Wisbech 196 (G. Freear 59, T. Meyrick 39, P. Edgeller 36, J. Bowers 27, W. Compton 2-29, S. Mahmood 2-32, U. Van Duyker 2-48)

RAMSEY lost to BURWELL 2nds by 4 wkts

Ramsey 190

Burwell 191-6

Division Two

KHALSA beat CAMBRIDGE NCI by 148 runs

Khalsa 226-7 (K. Singh 50)

Cambridge NCI 78 (J. Singh 5-35)

NEWBOROUGH lost to BLUNHAM by 34 runs

Blunham 255-8 (C. Rodrigo 102, A. Fisher 5-53).

Newborough 221 (D. Cooper 63, R. Trickett 37, D. Stratton 32, A. Rowland 34).