The Cambs Division One title is firmly in Godmanchester’s hands.
While the unbeaten league leaders were thrashing Burwell seconds yesterday (August 1), nearest rivals Wisbech were being frustrated by the negative efforts of visitors Foxton.
Wisbech used all sorts of bait to entice Foxton batsmen to out their heads above the water, but to no avail. Foxton eventually closing on 178-8 chasing the home side’s far from invincible 199-9.
“I don’t know why they didn’t have a go,” Wisbech skipper Gary Freear said. “We must have given them 50 runs just by tossing the ball in the air for them to try and hit.”
Wisbech had reached their score thanks to a late effort from Paul Edgeller (42no) and Sam Rippington (30) who put on 58 for the eighth wicket. In-form Josh Bowers contributed another 32.
Freear returned figures of 3-39, and James Williams (2-23) and Edgeller (2-31) also bowled well, but Wisbech are now 18 points behind Godmanchester with just six matches to go.
Ramsey appear determined to end their reign as champions with some positive results. They beat March by 40 runs in a high-scoring game at Burrowmoor Road.
Skipper Taylor West opened the batting and cracked 70 for Ramsey and Aussie Joe Barningham made 60 in a total of 236-9.
David Hodson (86) and Ash Vodnala (41) batted well in reply for March, but they closed on 196 all out.
March remain just outside the relegation zone, but they wouldn’t have been pleased with Saffron Walden seconds’ two-wicket win over Nassington. Walden had started the day bottom of the table, but dismissed Nassington for just 128.
Warboys are now bottom after failing to turn an excellent batting performance at Ketton into a victory.
The visitors piled up 257-7 at Pit Lane, but Ketton replied with 237-7 for a draw. Shakaar Mahmood (91 & 2-35) was the only player to perform to Ketton’s high standards.
It was another dismal day in Division Two for Newborough and Khalsa and the latter look set for relegation to the Hunts League. Khalsa were beaten by 67 runs at Kimbolton and are now 29 points from safety.
Newborough felt the full force of runaway leaders Eaton Socon and were crushed by 168 runs. The Bulls were shot out for 77 chasing Eaton Socon’s 245-2 - Mikey Hay whacked 135 not out - with only Robbie Trickett (23no) making much of an impression - an innings that was worth £23 to the Aussie under the terms of his playing contract.
KETTON drew with WARBOYS
Warboys 257-7 (S. Mahmood 2-36).
Ketton 237-7 (S, Mahmood 91)
MARCH lost to RAMSEY by 40 runs
Ramsey 236-9 (T. West 70, J. Barningham 60).
March 196 (D. Hodson 86, A. Vodnala 41).
SAFFRON WALDEN 2nds beat NASSINGTON by 2 wkts
Nassington 128 (A. Laud 34, G. Scotcher 32).
Saffron Walden 130-8 (N. Odedra 47, K. Ikhlaq 3-29, J. Pope 2-5. T. Norman 2-45).
WISBECH drew with FOXTON
Wisbech 199-9 (P. Edgeller 42no, J. Bowers 32, S. Rippington 30, G. Freear 22).
Foxton 178-8 (H, Hunter 47, J. Coleman 43no, G. Freear 3-39, J. Williams 2-23, P. Edgeller 2-31).
EATON SOCON beat NEWBOROUGH by 168 runs
Eaton Socon 245-2 (M. Hay 135no, J. Carpenter 90).
Newborough 77 (R. Trickett 23no, R. Taylor 6-17).
KIMBOLTON beat KHALSA by 67 runs