Wisbech pull off a great Ram raid

Wisbech batsman Matt Esser is caught in the slips off the bowling of David Carlaw against Ramsey. Picture: David Lowndes.

Wisbech batsman Matt Esser is caught in the slips off the bowling of David Carlaw against Ramsey. Picture: David Lowndes.

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Wisbech smashed Ramsey in the big Cambs League match yesterday (May 30).

Table-topping Ramsey, who went into the game with a formidable 27-point lead over Wisbech, had their advantage cut to 12 points as the Fenmen beat them on their own patch by 62 runs.

Veteran Gary Freear led the way for the visitors with 65, a knock that included six fours and three sixes, as they were all out for 165. Joe Barningham was chief wicket-taker for Ramsey with 4-46 and David Carlaw took 3-27.

Samuel Rippington then ripped through Ramsey’s early order as they slumped to 34-6 and they were eventually bowled out for just 103. Rippington finished with 4-20 while Trent Goers top-scored for Ramsey with 35. The only other Ramsey batsman to reach double figures was Carlaw with 10.

Fourth-placed Nassington won a thriller at Burwell seconds by one wicket.

Ryan Duffy’s brilliant 119 (13 fours, two sixes) dominated Nassington’s reply to the home side’s 215-8, but he received so little support at the other end they were staring defeat in the face at 172-8 when he was dismissed.

But the tail wagged with number nine Nick Walker battling his way to 17 not out and number 10 James Pope making 20. When Pope was given out lbw number 11 Harrison Craig, who is just 15, strode to the crease with five still needed to win and promptly struck his first ball for four.

Ketton are just behind Nassington in the table after their high-scoring home draw with Histon. Aussie Ben Bryant’s outstanding season continued with an undefeated 112 in Ketton’s 251-4. Jonathan Smith claimed three wickets as Histon responded with 193-6.

March were well beaten at home to Foxton and remain just above the relegation zone. March were dismissed for 153 chasing 225-6 and they only got that close thanks to tail-enders Andrew Wright (33) and Chris Ringham (23).

In Division Two Newborough and Khalsa were both short of runs as they lost to Weston Colville and Huntingdon respectively.

Colville had been bowled out for 127, but despite 51 from Aussie Robbie Trickett Newborough mustered just 106 in response.

RESULTS

Division One

BURWELL 2nds lost to NASSINGTON by 1 wkt

Burwell 215-8 (H. Hoare 64, H. Craig 2-29, K. Ikhlaq 2-45).

Nassington 219-9 (R. Duffy 119, J. Pope 20).

KETTON drew with HISTON

Ketton 241-4 (B. Bryant 112no, S. Mahmood 39).

Histon 199-6 (J. Smith 3-35).

RAMSEY lost to WISBECH by 62 runs

Wisbech 165 (G. Freear 65, S. Albutt 36, J. Barningham 4-46, D. Carlaw 3-27, M. Cafferley 2-41).

Ramsey 103 (T. Goers 35, S. Rippington 4-20, T. Meyrick 2-12, P. Edgeller 2-31).

MARCH lost to FOXTON by 72 runs

Foxton 225-6 (H. Hunter 51, A. Hooley 50no, C. Young 2-38).

March 153 (A. Wright 33, C. Ringham 23no).

Division Two

KHALSA lost to HUNTINGDON by 61 runs

Huntingdon 162

Khalsa 101

NEWBOROUGH lost to WESTON COLVILLE by 21 runs

Weston Colville 127 (A. Fisher 3-27, A. Greenwood 2-20, A. Dair 2-23),

Newborough 106 (R. Trickett 51)