Rams are back on top after March massacre

Sam Albutt scored 46 for Wisbech at Foxton.
Sam Albutt scored 46 for Wisbech at Foxton.
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Reigning champions Ramsey are back on top of Cambs Division One.

‘The Rams’ thumped March by 195 runs at Cricketfield Lane yesterday (May 16) to record a third straight win. Previous leaders Godmanchester also won, but Ramsey collected five more points so now lead by three.

Predictably prolific opening batsman James Markland led the way for Ramsey with 75 of his side’s 245-7. Markland has now shot past 300 runs for the Division One season in just five innings and he was out for 0 in one of them! Last season Markland scored just 381 runs in 20 innings.

Skipper Taylor West (47) also contributed well to the Ramsey innings before veteran seamer David Carlaw took over. He claimed five wickets and three catches as March were shot out for a miserable 50.

Wisbech are third after recording a fine six-wicket win at Foxton. Spin twins Tom Meyrick (4-11) and Gary Freear (4-24) did the damage as the home side were shot out for just 112 and opener Sam Albutt’s 46 ensured there were few alarms before Wisbech could celebrate victory.

Nassington are just two points behind Wisbech after their strong start to the season continued with a 160-run win over Saffron Walden seconds. Kasim Ikhlaq (57no), Kiwi Ryan Duffy (54) and Tom Norman (50) all scored well in Nassington’s 235-7 to compensate for a rare failure for run-machine Dave Robinson. Robinson, the only Division One player to outscore Markland this season, was controversially given out caught behind for 26.

Daniel Bandaranaike (4-16) and 15 year-old spin star Harrison Craig (3-15) helped shoot Saffron Walden out for just 75.

Ketton bounced back from successive defeats to pip bottom club Warboys by four wickets. Ulrich Van Duyker (4-17) and Dan Cotton (3-22) bowled well as Warboys were bowled out for 148, but Ketton slumped from 113-3 to 114-6 before skipper Rob Vitas (19no) and Matt Milner (18no) steered them home with an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 35.

Rob Woolley (48) and Ben Bryant (34) had seen the Ketton innings off to a good start.

Newborough held Division Two leaders Eaton Socon to a draw, but the ‘Bulls’ felt they might have won had Aussie Robbie Trickett not been given out, wrongly in their opinion, caught behind when going well on 47.

Newborough’s last pair survived the final two to secure a draw for the team in fourth place. The home side finished on 183-9 after Eaton Socon had posted 208-6.

Khalsa were beaten at home by five wickets by Kimbolton.

*Wisbech and March meet in their delayed Jaidka Cup group match at Harecroft Road tomorrow (Monday, May 18, 6pm start). The match was postponed last week (May 13) to allow the Wisbech players to attend a funeral.


Division One

FOXTON lost to WISBECH by 6 wkts

Foxton 112 (T. Meyrick 4-11, G. Freear 4-24, P. Edgeller 2-27).

Wisbech 113-4 (S. Albutt 46, J. Bowers 29no).

NASSINGTON beat SAFFRON WALDEN 2nds by 160 runs

Nassington 235-7 (K. Ikhlaq 57no, R. Duffy 54, T. Norman 50, D. Robinson 26).

Saffron Walden 75 (D. Bandaranaike 4-16, H. Craig 3-15, A. Scotcher 2-26).

RAMSEY beat MARCH by 195 runs

Ramsey 245-7 (J. Markland 75, T. West 47, J. Cafferkey 25, C. Ringham 3-72, A. Vodnala 2-63).

March 50 (D, Carlaw 5-20).

WARBOYS lost to KETTON by 4 wkts

Warboys 148 (D. Malem 52, U. Van Duyker 4-17, D. Cotton 3-24).

Ketton 149-6 (R. Woolley 48, B. Bryant 34).

Division Two

KHALSA lost to KIMBOLTON by 5 wkts

Khalsa 149

Kimbolton 150-5.


Eaton Socon 208-6 (S. Baker 49no, M. Hay 40, A. Fisher 2-22).

Newborough 183-9 (R. Trickett 47, D. Stratton 28, A. Rowland 23, M. Hay 3-67)