Ufford Park avoided relegation from Cambs Division Two in dramatic fashion yesterday (September 15).
The villagers needed to win their final fixture at home to Cambridge St Giles to stay up and they managed it... just!
One run was the final margin with Amir Munir running the last St Giles batsman out three balls from the end of a thrilling contest.
Tanvir Hussain (68) and Ross Keymer (56) had batted well in Ufford’s 235-7. Joe Corder (4-47), Joe Harrington (3-35) and Hussain (2-52) were the stars with the ball.
Ufford’s success meant they finished 15 points clear of the bottom two and a place behind Stamford Town who beat Saffron Walden seconds by 10 wickets. Alex Birch (66no) and Liam Dave (49no) enabled Stamford to pass Walden’s 121 in just 21 overs.
Castor finished sixth after losing their final game at champions Granta seconds by 114 runs despite a first-team best 6-35 from Ashley Killingsworth.
In Division One James Harradine celebrated his first ton for the March first team in a 126-run win over Waresley. He reached three figures by blasting the fifth six of his innings.
Harradine (101no) and Tyler Phillips (67) added 166 for the sixth March wicket after they’d slumped to 36-5. March won by 126 runs.
Charlie Morrison cracked an unbeaten 116 for Ramsey from 94 balls (21 fours, one six) but they were still crushed by 113 runs at Godmanchester.
Relegated Kimbolton conceded their final match to Wisbech.
Wisbech finished sixth, March seventh and Ramsey a disappointing ninth. Saffron Walden won the title.
Oundle lost their penultimate Northants Premier Division fixture at Horton House by four wickets. Ben Smith cracked 96 of Oundle’s 255-8.
Finedon sealed the title yesterday. Peterborough Town, who were without a fixture yesterday, will finish third with a win in their final game against bottom club Wollaston next Saturday (September 22).
Saturday, September 15
NORTHANTS PREMIER DIVISION
HORTON HOUSE beat OUNDLE by 4 wkts
Oundle 255-8 (B. Smith 96, M. Hodgson 45, D. Robinson 43, P. Wilson 25, L. Fresen 20).
Horton House 259-6 (E. Cox 94, H. Craig 3-47, C. Craig 2-30).
Godmanchester beat Ramsey by 123 runs
Godmanchester 314-8 (C. Seton-Rogers 112, N. Wilmer 90, T. Hodgson 3-50, M. Cafferkey 3-72).
Ramsey 191 (C. Morrison 116no, O. Stevens 21, A. Cousins 4-17).
March beat Waresley by 126 runs
March 204-8 (J. Harradine 101no, T. Phillips 67).
Waresley 78 (A. Wright 3-16, S. Rajaguru 3-29).
Granta 2nds beat Castor by 114 runs
Granta 174 (A. Killingsworth 6-35).
Castor 60 (R. Smith 16).
Stamford Town beat Saffron Walden 2nds by 10 wkts
Saffron Walden 121 (W. Dyer 4-33, B. Bennett 3-32, S. Barrett 2-23).
Stamford 125-0 (A. Birch 66no, L. Dave 49no).
Ufford Park beat Cambridge St Giles by 1 run
Ufford Park 235-7 (T. Hussain 68, R. Keymer 56, P. Kaymer 30, A. Munir 25, A. Larjin 20).
Cambridge St Giles 234 (A. Thomson 75, J. Corder 4-47, J. Harrington 3-35, T. Hussain 2-52).