CAMBS LEAGUE: Tail-enders steer the Rams home in the nick of time
Ramsey mainatined their push for the Cambs League Division One title yesterday (August 21) when they beat Saffron Walden.
Although Michael Cafferkey was again in good form with the bat it was Ramsey’s wagging tail that earned them a 20-point haul.
Saffron Walden batted first and made 221-7 with Giles Ecclestone their top scorer on 74 and Dean Jones Ramsey’s top bowler with 3-42.
Cafferkey made 50 to get the Rams’ run chase off to a solid start and Jordon Cafferkey chipped in with 41. But wickets were falling regularly and it needed an unbroken ninth wicket stand of 56 between Jon Cade (30 not out) and Mark Edwards (26 not out) to steer Ramsey home in the nick of time at 224-8.
Table-topping Foxton also picked up 20 points against Ketton leaving Ramsey still 28 points adrift.
Foxton were bowled out for 280 - Matthew Milner taking 4-58 and Ulricht Van Duyker 3-40 - and then Ketton came up well short at 188-6 in spite of Shakir Mahmood’s valiant 94 and 39 from Ross Ter Braak.
A cracking opening stand of 111 saw Nassington to victory at Waresley.
The home side made 234-5 off their 50 overs with Charlie Lewis 90 not out. Conor Craig was Nassington’s top bowler with 3-44.
Then Alex Laud (50) and Harrison Craig (69) paved the way for victory. Adam McDermott (44) and Conor Craig (46no) also batted well as Nassington reached 237-5 in 46.1 overs.
In Division Two there were defeats for second-placed March Town and Ufford Park but a welcome win for relegation-threatened Newborough.
March came unstuck at home to Saffron Walden seconds after a poor batting display.
They did well to dismiss the visitors for 162 with Andrew Wright (3-13) and James Harradine (3-28) the pick of their bowlers.
But then they were shot out themselves for 146. James Hilliard was the only March batsman to make an impression with 43.
Ufford Park entertained Warboys and lost by four wickets after being bowled out for 132.
Newborough’s win, only their sixth of the season, came at home in a low-scoring contest against Fordham.
David Cooper top-scored with 36 as Newborough were bowled out for just 131 but then some great bowling by Andrew Rowland (4-23), Sam Barlow (2-30) and skipper Ali Greenwood (2-14) saw Fordham demolished for 108 and the great escape may yet be on for the villagers.