Captain Ross Keymer blasted a brilliant ton to give Ufford Park a fighting chance of avoiding relegation from Cambs Division Two yesterday (September 8).
It was a must-win clash against local rivals Castor as Ufford have been hunted down in recent weeks by the rapidly-improving Southill Park side. Southill also won yesterday and they are 15 points behind Ufford with a game to play, while Stamford Town, 25-run losers at Huntingdon, still need some points to secure their own safety.
But yesterday was all about Keymer who finished 133 not out in Ufford’s 50-over total of 246-8, No other batsmen reached 20.
It was too big a total for Castor who were dismissed for 171 with Stuart Dockerill top scoring with 46.
Ufford’s final game (September 15) is at home to fourth-placed Cambridge St Giles, while Southill Park play bottom club Great Shelford and Stamford host mid-table Saffron Walden seconds.
There was also some strong batting in Division One as Wisbech beat Ramsey by five wickets in a match reduced to 30 overs per side at Harecroft Road.
Michael Cafferkey (47 from 38 balls) and Jon Cade (43, 32 balls) pushed Ramsey up to 187-9, a total made to look inadequate by Josh Bowers who blasted an unbeaten 90 from just 64 balls, a knock that included 11 fours and two sixes.
March continued their steady season with a seven run win over Histon in a match also affected by rain. Saranga Rajaguru (53 & 3-35) was again among the runs and wickets.
Bourne and Market Deeping both won their final Lincs Premier Division games by three wickets.
Bourne finished a point and a place above Deeping in sixth. Bracebridge Heath as usual were champions after an unbeaten season.
Deeping have persuaded Sri Lankan leg spinner Sachithra Perera to return next season. He is the competition’s leading wicket-taker with 60 after a four-wicket haul yesterday.
Saturday, September 8
LINCS PREMIER DIVISION
Bourne beat Sleaford by 3 wkts
Sleaford 212 (T. Shorthouse 109, R, Diver 57, P. Morgan 4-30, C. Cheer 3-65).
Bourne 216-7 (B. Keast 41no, R. Dunn 36, J. Bentley 26. C. Wilson 20).
Market Deeping beat Grimsby by 3 wkts
Grimsby 212 (S. Perera 4 wkts, J. Hook 4 wkts)
Market Deeping 213-7 (D. Sargent 50no, C. Gillett 38).
March beat Histon by 7 runs (rain revised target)
March 151 (S. Rajaguru 53, W. Brown 4-33).
Histon 128 (W. Brown 48, S. Rajaguru 3-35, J. Harradine 2-11, S. Saberton 2-11, T. Phillips 2-15).
Wisbech beat Ramsey by 5 wkts
Ramsey 187-9 (M. Cafferkey 47, J. Cade 42, N. Gorantla 28, L. Gilbert 28, L. Barker 2-22, C. Clark 2-31, K. Haynes 2-47).
Wisbech 188-5 (J. Bowers 90no, S. Albutt 25, D. Haynes 20, M. Cafferkey 3-43, D. Carlaw 2-23).
Huntingdon beat Stamford Town by 25 runs
Huntingdon 156 (C. Leigh 63, W. Dyer 3-26, R. Field 2-16, B. Bennett 2-38).
Stamford 131 (A. Hulme 46no, C. Bore 22, G. Hudson 3-21, N. Ahmed 2-26, S. Ali Khan 2-33).
Ufford Park beat Castor by 75 runs
Ufford Park 246-8 (R. Keymer 133no, R. Porter 3-56, R. Evans 2-34).
Castor 171 (S. Dockerill 46, A. Killingsworth 33, R. Evans 25, J. Corder 3-19, J. Harrington 2-22, W. Javed 2-24, S. Dahiya 2-36).