CRICKET: Khalsa have a Cambs League lifeline

Robbie Trickett on his way to 86 for Newborough against Khalsa. Photo: David Lowndes.
Robbie Trickett on his way to 86 for Newborough against Khalsa. Photo: David Lowndes.
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City side Khalsa’s immediate Cambs League future is in the hands of Division One champions Godmanchester.

As things stand Khalsa will be relegated from Division Two despite finishing outside the bottom two places. The relegation from the East Anglian Premier League (EAPL) of Saffron Walden has had a knock-on effect through the Cambs League as the club’s second team must now drop out of Division One causing three teams to be relegated from Division Two, instead of the normal two.

But Godmanchester face a play-off match this weekend against Sudbury with the winners gaining promotion to the EAPL. If Godmanchester win, Khalsa will be reprieved.

Khalsa would have survived if they had managed a fifth-straight win at Newborough, but instead they fell to a 104-run defeat. Robbie Trickett (84) and Matt Cawley (78) were the men to put Khalsa’s bowling to the sword as Newborough piled up 261-8. Ashley Fisher (4-17) did most of the damage as Khalsa were dismissed for 157 in reply.

March did see a 14-year stay in Division One come to an end. They lost by just one wicket at Waresley, but a win wouldn’t have saved them anyway. James Harradine scored 72 of the March total of 194-7.

Runners-up Wisbech claimed the unbeaten record of champions Godmanchester on the final day of the season, and in some style too.

Opener Sam Albutt (119) cracked his first ton of the season and Josh Bowers cracked 84 as Wisbech amassed 287-7 in their 45 overs. The pair added 124 for the second wicket.

Godmanchester were skittled for 139 in reply as Gary Freear and Paul Edgeller each took three wickets.

Ketton finished a very respectable third in their first season in the top-flight after beating Nassington by five wickets at Pit Lane.

Dan Robinson and Ryan Duffy both scored 52 in Nassington’s 198, but the contributions of Ketton’s Ulrich Van Duyker (5-55) and Shakaar Mahmood (42no & 2-35) proved more decisive.

Outgoing champions Ramsey beat local rivals Warboys by eight wickets after shooting them out for 94.


Division One

GODMANCHESTER lost to WISBECH by 148 runs

Wisbech 287-7 (S. Albutt 119, J. Bowers 84)

Godmanchester 139 (T. Aziz 37, G. Freear 3-21, P. Edgeller 3-37, B. Ellis 2-19, S. Rippington 2-39).

WARESLEY beat MARCH by 1 wkt

March 194-7 (J. Harradine 72, A. Vodnala 28, T. Nulty 23, D. Hodson 21, T. Phillips 20).

Waresley 195-9 (Z. Ringrose 66no, S. Mills 3-19, C. Ringham 3-45).

KETTON beat NASSINGTON by 5 wkts

Nassington 198 (D. Robinson 52, R. Duffy 52, C. Craig 27, U. Van Duyker 5-55, R. Woolley 2-34, S. Mahmood 2-35).

Ketton 201-5 (S. Mahmood 42no, J. Gallimore 41, R. Woolley 32, U. Van Duyker 29, H. Craig 3-40).

RAMSEY beat WARBOYS by 8 wkts

Warboys 94 (D. Jones 4-25)

Ramsey 95-2 (T. West 51no).

Division Two

NEWBOROUGH beat KETTON by 104 runs

Newborough 261-8 (R. Trickett 86, M. Cawley 78, A. Gilbert 38no).

Khalsa 157 (A. Fisher 4-17, A. Greenwood 2-46, V. Parvethaneni 2-52).