Cambs were dumped out of the Unicorns Trophy, the one-day competition for the Minor Counties, in dismal fashion yesterday (May 17).
Cambs had to beat Norfolk at Ley’s School, Cambridge in their final group match to have any chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages, but were thrashed by 168 runs.
Norfolk rattled up 245-5 in their 50 overs before despatching Cambs for just 77 in 26 overs. Cambs lost three of their four group games to finish fourth of five teams.
Peterborough Town professional, and Cambs captain, Paul McMahon was the most successful Cambs bowler by taking 2-41 from his 10 overs. Wisbech seamer Sam Rippington returned respectable figures of 1-40 from his 10 overs, but Town pair Joe Dawborn and Lewis Bruce remained wicket-less from 18 overs between them.
And Cambs’ batting quickly became a sorry procession with Ketton’s Rob Woolley top scoring with 17. Ramsey’s Michael Cafferkey made 12, Town’s David Clarke managed 11, while Bruce (0) and McMahon (1) also struggled.
Wisbech wicket-keeper Josh Bowers was dismissed for a duck, while Dawborn contributed five.
Cambs tackle Norfolk again in the new Minor Counties Twenty/20 competition at Sawston on May 31.
Cambs start their Minor Counties Championship campaign with a trip to West Bromwich Dartmouth to tackle Staffs on June 7.
Lincs have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Unicorns Trophy after topping their group. They won a rain-affected match against Cumberland at Cockermouth on run rate yesterday to ensure their progress.
Bourne pair Conrad Louth and Carl Wilson both played scoring 18 and 13 respectively.