‘A game to look forward to’ as Ramsey travel to Godmanchester for a Tucker Gardner League Division One derby

Ramsey captain Michael Cafferkey took four wickets in his side's triumph at Nassington.

Ramsey captain Michael Cafferkey took four wickets in his side's triumph at Nassington. - Credit: Archant

The last two sets of Tucker Gardner League Division One champions do battle tomorrow.

Title-holders Godmanchester entertain the 2014 top dogs, Ramsey, in a local derby clash at The Parks (12.30pm) as the current campaign reaches its halfway stage.

Ramsey captain Michael Cafferkey was quick to admit this is one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures of the season.

And he also acknowledges that his second-placed side, who sit five points behind leaders Nassington in the standings, cannot afford to under-estimate a Godmanchester outfit yet to fully fire this term.

“There is always plenty of rivalry between us with lots of competitive cricketers in each team,” said Cafferkey.

“The games always seem to be played at a higher intensity than most that we are involved in.

“I’m all in favour of that as we produce our best cricket in those conditions and it is a fixture that everyone looks forward to playing in.

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“There is no chance of us taking Godmanchester lightly. They have batsmen capable of getting big scores and bowlers who can take wickets.

“We still haven’t really played to the best of our ability ourselves even though we are fast approaching the halfway point of the season.

“But it should be a good game and hopefully we’ll come out of it with a win.”

Ramsey go into the game on the back of a five-wicket success at Ketton last Saturday.

They dismissed the hosts for 114 as Jon Cade led a smart bowling effort with 3-13. Captain Cafferkey then top-scored with 35 as Ramsey eased to victory with almost half of their allotted 50 overs to spare.

Sixth-placed Godmanchester suffered a second successive defeat when going down by 30 runs at Foxton.

The home side reached 221 despite three wickets apiece from Simon Rose and Elliott Baldwin.

Tariq Aziz (78) and captain Paul Swannell (63) led Godmanchester’s chase as they piled on 120 for the fourth-wicket, but their departures sparked a collapse.

The locals saw their final five wickets fall for just 16 runs as they came up short on 191.