Cambridgeshire lost their first Minor Counties Championship match of the season at Staffordshire despite an heroic effort by captain Paul McMahon.
McMahon scored 118 runs in the match and took nine wickets, but still finished on the losing side in the Eastern Division match by 13 runs at West Bromwich Dartmouth.
The Peterborough Town professional top scored in both innings with 68 and 50. He also returned outstanding second innings figures of 7-32 from 28 overs as Staffs, the reigning Eastern Division champions, were dismissed for 158 leaving Cambs a victory target of 149.
Cambs lost wickets regularly eraly on, but looked the likeliest winners when McMahon was flowing. A brillaint catch at mid-wicket ended his innings and two lbw decisions sealed Cambs’ fate.
Wisbech all-rounder James Williams contributed 20 in the second innings, but Peterborough Town’s Asim Butt (10), Ketton’s Rob Woolley (10) and Ramsey’s Michael Cafferkey (0) all failed to fire. Debutant Dan Robinson of Massington added a second innings duck to his first innings score of 14.
Cambs led by 10 runs after the first innings.
McMahon’s victims in the second innings included home pro Kadeer Ali who made 44. Ali’s dismissal sparked a Staffs collapse from 88-0.
Peterborough Town’s Joe Dawborn took the other three Staffs wickets to fall.
In the Staffs first innings Dawborn returned figures of 3-58 from 19 overs, while McMahon took 2-33 from a ball short of 18 overs. Wisbech seamer Sam Rippington (2-48) was also among the wickets.
Cambs host Bucks in their second Championship match at Wisbech (three days from Sunday, June 21).
Staffs 229 (J. Dawborn 3-58, J. Barrs 3-76, P. McMahon 2-33, S. Rippington 2-48) & 158 (P. McMahon 7-32, J. Dawborn 3-50).
Cambs 239 (P. McMahon 68, R. Woolley 31, J. Barrs 29, M. Cafferkey 22, B. Howgego 21) & 135 (P. McMahon 50, B. Howgego 21, J. Williams 20).