CAMBS LEAGUE: 10 sixes in Cafferkey ton, five-in-row for Fenman,
Ramsey took recent Cambs Division One frustrations out on lowly Burwell seconds yesterday (August 6).
Back-to-back defeats had appeared to wreck ‘The Rams’ title hopes, but they are back in the mix after crushing their hosts by 197 runs.
Captain Michael Cafferkey led the charge with a blistering 123, aided by Dean Jones (93) and James Markland (52), as Ramsey piled up a season’s best 353-8 in their 50 overs.
Cafferkey smacked an incredible 10 sixes in his 98-ball knock. He put on 214 for the first wicket with Jones.
Mark Edwards (4-30) was the main man with the ball as Burwell were dismissed for 156 in reply.
Ramsey are third, a point behind second-placed Wisbech and 28 points behind leaders Foxton who both won yesterday.
It’s five in a row for the Fenmen under new skipper Sam Rippington as they won a cracking game at pre-season title favourites Saffron Walden by 17 runs.
Gary Freear (52 from 51 balls) gave Wisbech a fast start and Josh Bowers (81 from 92 balls) kept the momentum going as the visitors racked up an imposing 249-8.
Rippington (4-44) did best with the ball as Saffron Wald en were restricted to 232, although Jamie Gollands picked up the vital wicket of home top scorer Jason Gallian for 69.
One-time leaders Nassington are now too far back to challenge, but they did record a second straight win by pipping bottom club Blunham by four wickets.
In-form Aussie Adam McDermott (3-18 & 42) was Nassington’s top performer.
Ketton’s only target this season was survival and they look like achieving it in style after a battling victory at Godmanchester yesterday.
Ketton were rescued from 68-6 and 88-7 by an eighth-wicket stand of 53 between Matt Milner (38) and Dusty Miller (28) and they defended their modest 144 thanks to a solid all-round bowling display led by Will Compton (3-5), Ross Ter Braak (3-28) and swing sensation Shakir Mahmood (2-17).
Compton bagged two wickets in two balls just as the home were getting on top by reaching 120-5.
Godmanchester weren’t helped by a freak accident suffered by Adam Cousins which stopped him batting. Cousins was moving a sightscreen when a chunk of wood fell from it and hit him on the head.
Ketton are now 56 points clear of the drop zone with five games to go.
It was a good day for March Town in Division Two, but a bad day for Newborough.
March chased down Kimbolton’s 225-8 to win by three wickets at Burrowmoor Road and strengthen their grip on second place as leaders St Ives beat third-placed Saffron Walden seconds.
Ben Pyle, batting at number seven, won the day with an excellent 75. He added 94 for the seventh wicket with skipper Tyler Phillips (35no) as March won with seven balls to spare.
Newborough are 20 points from safety after losing a low-scoring relegation battle with Sawston by three wickets.
Greg Rowland top scored with 32 in Newborough’s 106 and brother Andrew Rowland returned the best bowling figures of 3-33, but it was all in vain.
Ufford Park are safely in mid-table, but they were left shaking their heads at yesterday’s 39-run reverse at home to Granta seconds.
Ufford were 120-1 in pursuit of 215 with star men Ross Keymer (63) and Andy Larkin (48) going well, but promptly lost nine wickets for just 56.
BLUNHAM lost to NASSINGTON by 4 wkts
Blunham 182-7 (A. White 51, A. McDermott 3-18, H. Craig 3-28, T. Norman 2-33).
Nassington 186-6 (A. McDermott 42, D. Bandaranaike 35, C. Craig 27no, A. Bandaranaike 26).
BURWELL 2nds lost to RAMSEY by 197 runs
Ramsey 353-8 (M. Cafferkey 123, D. Jones 93, J. Markland 52).
Burwell 156 (M. Edwards 4-30)
GODMANCHESTER lost to KETTON by 17 runs
Ketton 144 (M. Milner 38, S. Mahmood 30, J. Miller 28, R. Withey 4-10, P. Swannell 4-11).
Godmanchester 127 (J. Dean 34, E. Baldwin 23, W. Compton 3-5, R. Ter Braak 3-28, S. Mahmood 2-17).
SAFFRON WALDEN lost to WISBECH by 17 runs
Wisbech 249-8 (J. Bowers 81, G. Freear 52, J. Williams 22, A. Hancock 4-55).
Saffron Walden 232 (J. Gallian 69, S. Rippington 4-44, J. Williams 2-33, J. Gollands 2-36).
MARCH beat KIMBOLTON by by 3 wkts
Kimbolton 225-8 (R. Claasen 80. R. Fenton 50, A. Wright 3-41, S. Freedman 3-42, J. Harradine 2-31)
March 226-7 (B. Pyle 75, S. Freedman 39, T. Phillips 35no, B. Phillips 28, M. Moore 3-31, M. Roberts 3-48).
SAWSTON beat NEWBOROUGH by 3 wkts
Newborough 106 (G. Rowland 32, V. Parvathaneni 23).
Sawston 110-7 (A. Rowland 3-33, S. Barlow 2-28).
UFFORD PARK lost to GRANTA 2nds by 39 runs
Granta 215 (D. Raj 63, M. Aubrey 51, T. Hussain 3-37, W. Javed 3-40).
Ufford Park 176 (R. Keymer 67, A. Larkin 48, H. Rashid 4-28, T. Clarke 3-33)