There was a shock opening day defeat for reigning Cambs Division One champions Ramsey (April 18).
‘The Rams’ were surprisingly beaten by Histon despite a fine ton from opener James Markland at Cricketfield Lane. His 111 steered Ramsey to 206-5, but crucially skipper Taylor West declared before his side had used up their full allocation of 48 overs.
In reply Histon paced their chase perfectly and they eased home by five wickets in the first of the extra overs generated by Ramsey’s declaration. New Aussie Joe Barningham took two wickets for Ramsey.
That defeat enabled Wisbech to steal an early march on the team they battled with for the title for much of last summer, although the Fenmen often struggled in their opening encounter at home to Warboys.
On a perfect batting pitch and with a fast outfield Wisbech batted poorly in totalling just 132. James Williams top scored with 42.
Warboys looked set for a surprise win when reaching 83-3, but Kiwi import Tom Meyrick captured top scorers Mathew Cooksey and Matt Duncan and Gary Freear took a couple of wickets bowling filthy off-spin as Warboys collapsed to 117 all out.
Godmanchester are another side expected to challenge for honours and they found their stride quickly with a six-wicket win at Nassington. Dan Robinson’s 75 for Nassington at the top of the order helped his side to 195-9, but Goddy were always in control in reply.
Ketton’s first game at Division One level yielded a comfortable seven-wicket success at March Town. Highlight was a first Cambs League half century for Jacob ‘Dusty’ Miller who was an emergency opener.
“Dusty wouldn’t normally have batted that high, but we had a player away on a speed awareness course,” Ketton skipper Rob Vitas explained. “The player concerned offered to rush here for an hour after the start which was rather missing the point of the course he was on,”
Miller made 51 and professional Rob Woolley cracked 67 as Ketton chased down their hosts 198-8 with ease.
There was also a promising debut for South African import Ulrich Van Duycher who finished unbeaten on 38 after taking 4-27. Van Duycher took a wicket with his first ball for the club. Matthew Vail (51) top scored for March who can expect a season of struggle.
In Division Two Newborough’s Aussie recruit Robbie Trickett made an instant impression. He smacked 11 fours and four sixes in his innings of 97 to set up Newborough’s 87-run win over Fordham.
The Bulls reached 233-5 before Andrew Gilbert’s four-wicket haul helped dismiss Fordham for just 146.
Khalsa beat West Colville by 15 runs in a relatively low-scoring game.
MARCH TOWN lost to KETTON by 7 wkts
March 198-8 (M. Vail 51, T. Nulty 29, U. Van Duycher 4-27).
Ketton 202-3 (R. Woolley 67, J. Miller 51, U. Van Duycher 38no, M. Milner 30no).
NASSINGTON lost to GODMANCHESTER by 6 wkts
Nassington 195-9 (D. Robinson 75, A. Laud 31).
Godmanchester 196-4 (M. Durrant 55, M. Pateman 44, K. Mogotsi 33, P. Swannell 25, D. Bandarnaike 2-35).
RAMSEY lost to HISTON by 5 wkts
Ramsey 206-5 (J. Markland 111, T. West 26).
Histon 207-5 (T. Cosford 90no, J. Crame 53, J. Barningham 2-37)
WISBECH beat WARBOYS by 15 runs
Wisbech 132 (J. Williams 42, G. Freear 23, S. Latchford 3-52, L. Gaynor 2-5).
Warboys 117 (M. Cooksey 43, M. Duncan 34, T. Meyrick 3-27, S, Rippington 3-31, G. Freear 2-12, P. Edgeller 2-23).
NEWBOROUGH beat FORDHAM by 87 runs
Newborough 233-5 (R. Trickett 97, G. Rowland 43, D, Stratton 27, A. Fisher 25no).
Fordham 146 (A. Gilbert 4-47, A. Greenwood 2-24, A. Fisher 2-27, V. Parvathaneni 2-40).
WESTON COLVILLE lost to KHALSA by 15 runs
Westin Cilville 129