Rob writes off his side’s chances of success this season

Faisal Javed in action for Khalsa.
Faisal Javed in action for Khalsa.
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Ketton skipper Rob Vitas is not getting carried away despte a perfect start to the Cambs Division One season.

The Lions have won their first two games with maximum points to set the early pace alongside Wisbech and Godmanchester.

Ketton’s imports Ben Bryant and Ulrich Van Duyker are both firing and even previously run-starved opening batsman Jacob ‘Dusty’ Miller is in the form of his life with the first two half centuries of his top-flight career.

Professional Rob Woolley is playing well enough to have made the Cambs Minor Counties team so once fellow paid player Ajaz Akhtar reaches his best form, a tilt at the title is surely a possibility?

Not so according to city-based Vitas who, unusually for him, spurned an invitation to make positive predictions ahead of his side’s trip to reigning champions Ramsey.

“We’ve won all five games we have played this season,” Vitas stated. “But we couldn’t have hand-picked our opponents any better so far.

“It gets tougher from now on in and there is no way we will win this league. It would be a great achievement to break into the top four and I would actually class fifth as a decent effort.

“We do have some good players though and it’s encouraging that we have won well without Ajaz hitting form.

“I’m sure he overtook one of the balls he bowled last weekend, but he started slowly last season and then took nine wickets in an innings just as the vultures were circling.”

Ketton beat Waresley by nine wickets last weekend as spinners Matt Milner and Van Duyker shared eight wickets and Miller and Bryant hit unbeaten half centuries.

Vitas misses a Cambs League match for the first time in eight years this weekend when ‘The Rams’ will be hungry for success having started the season with a defeat and a draw.

Wisbech maintained their perfect start to the season thanks to skipper Gary Freear’s two wickets from the first two balls of the final over against Saffron Walden seconds. Wisbech take that 100 per cent record to Burwell seconds this Saturday.

City side Khalsa are riding high at the top of Cambs Division Two after seeing off Cambridge NCI by 30 runs.

Opener Faisal Javed cracked 88 of Khalsa’s 185. Khalsa are the only side to boast a maximum haul of 50 points from the first two matches of the season. They host Blunham at Woodlands this Saturday, the team that defeated Newborough by four wickets last weekend.

The Lincs Premier Division proved to be a half-time washout for Bourne and Market Deeping, but at least Bourne seamer Colin Cheer dismissed Sleaford’s New Zealand Test star Tim McIntosh for just 13 before the rain arrived.

Spalding are apparently motivated by being written off in this paper’s pre-season preview. They lost by 117 runs at Bracebridge Heath.