The remarkable start to the season of Nassington’s Dan Robinson continued in a Cambs Division One match at Wisbech yesterday (May 9).
The opener carried his bat for 122 of Nassington’s 239-9 at Harecroft Road. Robinson has now claimed two tons and one half century in four Division One innings at an average in excess of 112.
It was also a second unbeaten century in seven days for Robinson against Wisbech as he finished 101 not out in a Rutland Division One match last weekend (May 3). He has now passed 500 runs for the season in all competitions.
Robinson’s efforts weren’t enough to set up a win this week as Wisbech recovered from 86-7 to 175-7 to claim a draw, Jamie Gollands (55no) and Tom Meyrick (33no) put on an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 89 to defy the spin skills of young Harrison Craig (2-19).
Earlier Tom Norman (45) offered most batting support to Robinson. Gary Freear (6-48) bowled best for Wisbech.
Reighning champions Ramsey overtook both clubs following an emphatic nine-wicket win at Waresley. Successive victories have moved ‘The Rams’ up to second place behind leaders Godmanchester.
Michael Cafferkey (4-21) and Jon Cade (3-23) helped skittle the home side for 141 before Cafferkey (55) and bang in-form opener James Markland (51no) rushed Ramsey past a victory target reduced slightly by an interruption for rain. Ramsey are at Leicestershire Premier Division side KIbworth in the second round of the ECB Clubs KO competition today (May 10).
Like Robinson, Markland has registered two tons and a half century in Division One this season. He has scored fewer runs (264-337) than his Nassington rival, but his average (132) is higher.
March Town won their first match of the season to move out of the relegation zone. Former skipper Chris Ringham was the star performer as he was part of a vital last-wicket stand of 32 before taking 5-29 to set up a 22-run victory over Saffron Walden seconds.
Kiwi import Ash Vadnola was also in form. He battled to 64 in his side’s 164 before picking up two wickets with his off-spin. Scott Welcher was the man who assisted Ringham at the end of the March innings.
Ketton lost their last six wickets without scoring a run as they slipped to a six-wicket defeat at home to Foxton.
Ajaz Akhtar top scored with 14 in Ketton’s 48. Will Compton (3-23) at least made Foxton work for their win.
Newborough moved into second place in Division Two following a 55-run win at Abington.
Aussie Robbie Trickett (80) and former captain Ross Harris (66) dominated Newborough’s 230-9 before current captain Ali Greenwood (5-38) starred in Abington’s 175.
Khalsa drew a high scoring game against Sawston & Babraham.
WISBECH drew with NASSINGTON
Nassington 239-9 (D. Robinson 122no, T. Norman 45, G. Freear 6-48, S. Rippington 2-21).
Wisbech 175-7 (J. Gollands 55no, T. Meyrick 33no, H. Craig 2-19).
KETTON lost to FOXTON by 6 wkts
Ketton 48 (M. Trueberg 6-22)
Foxton 49-4 (W. Compton 3-22).
WARESLEY lost to RAMSEY by 8 wkts (rain-reduced target).
Waresley 141 (M. Cafferkey 4-21, J. Cade 3-23).
Ramsey 131-2 (M. Cafferkey 55, J. Markland 52no).
SAFFRON WALDEN 2nds lost to MARCH by 22 runs
March 164 (A. Vadnola 64).
Saffron Walden 142 (C. Ringham 5-29, A. Vadnola 2-17).
ABINGTON lost to NEWBOROUGH by 55 runs
Newborough 230-9 (R. Trickett 80, R. Harris 66, S. McCracken 21).
Abington 175 (A. Greenwood 5-38, V. Parvatheneni 3-28, A. Gilbert 2-46).
KHALSA drew SAWSTON & BABRAHAM
Sawston & Babraham 222-8.