There was high drama in the top-of-the-table Cambs Division One clash at Cricketfield Lane yesterday (June 20) as Godmanchester pinched a one-wicket win over title rivals Ramsey.
As a result the visitors moved above their hosts to the summit. Ramsey drop from first to third as Wisbech ended the unbeaten record of Histon to take second place.
Rain interfered at Ramsey after the home side had posted 145-9 and that was bad news for all those without an advanced degree in mathematics.
The convoluted system covering the loss of overs to the weather meant Godmanchester required 123 to win, while Ramsey had to take six wickets. Ramsey were favourites when reducing Goddy to 96-5, but an unbroken stand of 30 between the effective last pair of Adam Cousins and Wayne Bradley saw the visitors home.
Michael Cafferkey (62) had earlier batted superbly for Ramsey. Ollie Verrall claimed three wickets for the Rams.
There was far less confusion at Wisbech who dominated their game from start to finish. Paul Edgeller bagged four wickets as Histon were dismissed for 134 and a fine opening stand between Sam Albutt (68) and Tom Meyrick (44) ensured Wisbech suffered few alarms on their way to a six-wicket win.
Nassington consolidated their fourth place thanks in part to an excellent unbeaten 101 from Kiwi Ryan Duffy. Tom Norman (52) also made a sizeable contribution as Nassington amassed 245-4 before skittling their hosts for 113.
Six different bowlers took wickets for Nassington with Harrison Craig (3-1) returning the best figures.
That result enabled March to escape the bottom two even though they were beaten by two wickets in another rain-affected match against Burwell seconds.
Some excellent late order batting took March to a healthy final score of 212-9, but after rain Burwelll were left to chase 157 while the home side needed to take eight wickets to win.
Ketton’s match at Saffron Walden seconds was washed out after 17 overs which was bad luck for the visitors who had already reached 117-1. Cambs pair Rob Woolley (51no) and Ben Bryant (47no) were both going well.
Newborough beat Cambridge BCI by eight wickets in Division Two, but Khalsa lost by three wickets at home to St Ives in a rain-affected contest.
Captain Alistair Greenwood (4-13) and Andrew Gilbert (3-28) wrecked the NCI innings and Newborough raced to their victory target of 83 in quick time with Robbie Trickett finishing unbeaten on 41.
MARCH lost to BURWELL by 2 wkts
March 212-9 (A. Wright 32, J. Harradine 31, T. Nulty 27).
RAMSEY lost to GODMANCHESTER by 1 wkt
Ramsey 145-9 (M. Cafferkey 62, T. Goers 23, S. Rose 5-41)
Godmanchester 126-5 (K. Mogotsi 27, T. Aziz 25, A. Cousins 21no, O. Verrall 3-40, J. Barningham 2-37).
SAFFRON WALDEN 2nds v KETTON (abandoned)
Ketton 101-1 (17 overs) (R. Woolley 51no, B. Bryant 47no).
WARBOYS lost to NASSINGTON by 132 runs
Nassington 245-4 (R. Duffy 101no, T. Norman 52, D. Robinson 37, A. Hyde 2-40).
Warboys 113 (M. Cooksey 26, H. Craig 3-1),
WISBECH beat HISTON by 6 wkts
Histon 134 (P. Edgeller 4-44, T. Meyrick 2-18, B. Ellis 2-21, S. Rippington 2-34).
Wisbech 135-4 (S. Albutt 68, T. Meyrick 44)
KHALSA lost to ST IVES by 3 wkts
St Ives 109-3
NEWBOROUGH beat CAMBRIDGE NCI by 8 wkts
NCI 89 (A. Greenwood 4-13, A. Gilbert 3-28, V. Parvathaneni 2-34).
Newborough 92-2 (R. Trickett 41no, G. Rowland 32).