Ramsey dodged the showers to claim Cambs & Hunts Premier League success yesterday.
The combination of accomplished bowling and smart batting ensured Michael Cafferkey’s men were home and dry by seven wickets in a Whiting & Partners Division One clash at Waresley.
Mark Edwards and Taylor West claimed three wickets apiece as Ramsey dismissed their hosts for 144 – and they had little trouble in easing past that target.
Skipper Cafferkey (46) shared a century opening stand with younger brother Jordon (58no). Another sibling, Simon, then cracked 20 off 15 balls as Waresley tasted defeat for the third successive match.
“It was a good performance,” said the Ramsey captain. “We bowled well with Mark and Taylor both being superb.
“We were good with the bat too. Myself and Jordon managed to see off the new ball and put a good opening stand together.
“It was great to see him carry his bat and Simon also hit the ball very cleanly to get us over the line.”
A maximum haul of 30 league points was very welcome for Ramsey following a stuttering start to the season.
That was one of only two top-flight games to be completed. The other provided more misery for St Ives as their tough return to Division One continued.
Ricky Greiller’s men crashed to a fifth successive defeat when going down by 10 wickets at Saffron Walden.
They were dismissed for just 79 with the skipper responsible for 29 of those runs.
Teenage tail-ender Matthew Wells, who finished unbeaten on 10, was the only other St Ives batsman to reach double figures before the home side cruised to victory with the minimum of fuss.
Games involving Godmanchester Town and Eaton Socon were both abandoned as heavy rain lashed the area.
The former looked to be on the way to victory after skittling visitors March for 72 and then reaching 46-4 before a tea-time deluge forced an early halt.
Amir Gupta produced the outstanding figures of 4-5 for Godmanchester while Elliott Baldwin bagged 2-1.
Eaton Socon were set to chase 207-7 when their home clash against Histon was halted. Joe Watling was the pick of the local side’s bowlers with 4-32.
Michael Cafferkey’s men eased to a seven-wicket triumph at Waresley in one of only two Whiting & Partners Division One clashes to be completed.
Mark Edwards and Taylor West claimed three wickets apiece as Ramsey dismissed their hosts for 144 – and they had little troubling in easing past that target.
Skipper Cafferkey (46) shared a century opening stand with younger brother Jordon (58no) as Waresley tasted defeat for the third successive match.
St Ives’ losing run in 2017 now stretches to five matches as they remain bottom of the table in their return to Division One.
They were dismissed for just 79 at Saffron Walden when going down by 10 wickets.
Captain Ricky Greiller hit 29 of those runs while teenage tail-ender Matthew Wells was unbeaten on 10. No other St Ives batsman reached double figures.
Top-flight games involving Eaton Socon and Godmanchester were abandoned.
Huntingdon & District triumphed in a low-scoring clash at Great Shelford to sweep to the top of Division Two.
Craig Leigh’s men could have been forgiven they were in big trouble after being dismissed for just 88.
But that proved to be a match-winning tally as they skittled their hosts for 68 to prevail by 20 runs. Jhanzaib Khan and Graham Hudson both bagged three wickets for the locals.
Huntingdon & District replace Kimbolton, whose game against Castor & Ailsworth was abandoned, at the summit. Warboys’ clash with Cambridge St Giles was also brought to an early halt.
CAMBS & HUNTS PREMIER LEAGUE
Whiting & Partners Division One
EATON SOCON v HISTON abandoned
Histon 207-7 (J. Watling 4-32).
GODMANCHESTER TN v MARCH abandoned
March 72 (A. Gupta 4-5).
SAFFRON WALDEN beat ST IVES by 10 wkts
St Ives 79.
Saffron Walden 80-0.
WARESLEY lost to RAMSEY by 7 wkts
Waresley 144 (A. Scully 30, C. Chauhan 30, M. Edwards 3-18, T. West 3-30).
Ramsey 145-3 (J. Cafferkey 58no, M. Cafferkey 46).
GREAT SHELFORD lost to HUNTINGDON & DISTRICT by 20 runs
Huntingdon & District 88.
Great Shelford 68 (J. Khan 3-16, G. Hudson 3-16).
KIMBOLTON v CASTOR & AILSWORTH abandoned
Kimbolton 184 (R. Fenton 68, C. Gilthorpe 36).
WARBOYS v CAMBRIDGE ST GILES abandoned
Cambridge St Giles 31-3.