Rams survive epic collapse, surprise hero for Fenmen

Chris Ringham on his way to 2-29 for March against Wisbech. Photo: Alan Miller.
Chris Ringham on his way to 2-29 for March against Wisbech. Photo: Alan Miller.
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Ramsey lost all 10 wickets for just 37 runs and yet still won the big game of the day (June 6) in Cambs Division One comfortably at Nassington.

For that ‘The Rams’ can thank openers Jordan Cafferkey (65) and James Markland (64) who put on 128 for the first wicket before a dramatic rot set it and Aussie spin bowler Joe Barningham who claimed his best club figures of 5-20 as Nassington were shot out for just 81 on a ‘dust bowl’ of a track. Markland has scored almost 100 more Division One runs in nine matches this season (470) than he managed in the whole of last summer.

Nassington’s defeat was bad luck on 15 year-old left-arm slow bowler Harrison Craig who also enjoyed the conditions to take his competition-best figures of 5-31. Ryan Duffy was Nassington’s top scorer with a meagre 14.

Reigning champions Ramsey remain top of the table in what already looks like being a three-team race for the title, but nearest challengers Wisbech and Godmanchester both have a game in hand.

Second-placed Wisbech were troubled by struggling neighbours March before sneaking home by 15 runs at Harecroft Road.

Kiwi Bradley Apted, a man more known for his prowess on the hockey field, was the unlikely star for Wisbech. He was handed his first bowling spell of the summer and responded with a four-over stint of 4-14 which transformed the contest.

March were 155-4 chasing a Wisbech total of 207 when Apted started to weave his magic which included the capture of March top scorer Ash Vodnala for 54.

The Wisbech total had been secured by a consistent batting effort led by Josh Bowers (44). March have now dropped into the relegation zone after a seventh defeat in eight matches.

Godmanchester hammered Ketton by 177 runs after dismissing their visitors for just 83. Only Ulrich Van Duyker, Dusty Miller and Shakaar Mahmood reached double figures for Ketton.

There was welcome winning relief for Division Two strugglers Newborough and Khalsa who both emerged victorious from tight matches.

Khalsa moved out of the bottom two with a three-wicket win over Abington, while Newborough chased down St Ives’ total of 181 with just two wickets in hand.

Ashley Fisher included his first senior league hat-trick in his spell of 4-45 for Newborough before Ross Harris (55) led the batting charge.

Fisal Javed (5-23) was the star of Khalsa’s win.

RESULTS

DIVISION ONE

WISBECH beat MARCH by 15 runs

Wisbech 207-9 (J. Bowers 44, G. Freear 31, S. Albutt 28, J. Gollands 21, C. Ringham 2-29, T. Nulty 2-31, A. Vodnala 2-39, A. Wright 2-51),

March 192 (A. Vodnala 52, M. Vail 36, D. Hodson 27, B. Pyle 21, B. Apted 4-14, G. Freear 2-25, S. Rippington 2-43).

GODMANCHESTER beat KETTON by 177 runs

Godmanchester 260-9 (P. Swannell 78, M. Pateman 50, S. Rose 30, U. Van Duyker 3-80, S. Mahmood 2-39, D. Cotton 2-43).

Ketton 83 (U. Van Duyker 19no, W. Bradley 3-21, E. Baldwin 3-22).

NASSINGTON lost to RAMSEY by 84 runs

Ramsey 165 (J. Cafferkey 65, J. Markland 64, H. Craig 5-31, K. Ikhlaq 2-36).

Nassington 81 (R. Duffy 14, J. Barningham 5-20, J. Cafferkey 2-7).

Division Two

ST IVES lost to NEWBOROUGH by 2 wkts

St Ives 181 (A. Fisher 4-45),

Newborough 185-8 (R. Harris 55, A. Rowland 22).

KHALSA beat ABINGTON by 3 wkts

Abington 155 (F. Javed 5-23)

Khalsa 156-7 (M. Singh 40no).