CRICKET ROUNDUP: Ramsey stay in touch at the top with victory over Foxton

Ryan Smith batting for Ramsey against Foxton.

Ryan Smith batting for Ramsey against Foxton. - Credit: Archant

A fine bowling performance from Ramsey saw them take victory over Foxton on Saturday.

Michael Cafferkey batting for Ramsey against Foxton.

Michael Cafferkey batting for Ramsey against Foxton. - Credit: Archant

After a solid if unspectacular effort with the bat, the Ramsey bowling attack rose to the challenge admirably to dismiss the visitors and secure the points for the Cambs and Hunts Premier League Division 1 title hopefuls.

Victory keeps Ramsey within sniffing distance of league leaders Ketton, with just three games left to play this season.

Batting first, Ramsey opener Ryan Smith made an excellent 64, which featured nine boundaries and a maximum, to anchor his side. Michael Cafferkey pitched in with 40 while Simon Cafferkey (31no) and Isaac Love (21) added a vital 40 runs for the seventh wicket. Ramsey were bowled out for 220.

Early wickets often prove crucial in tight matches and Jon Cade (2-27) produced some of his best bowling to dismiss both Foxton openers with less than 30 runs on the board.

To their credit, Foxton fought back and looked in good shape after knocks of 85 from Craig Park and 28 from Alex Hooley, but a second wind from the Ramsey bowling attack curtailed their progress.

Love, in particular, was in excellent form, taking 4-28 from his 10-over spell, including a caught and bowled, to see the visitors dismissed for 190.

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Elsewhere, Waresley were in excellent form as they swept to a 10-wicket success over Nassington. Michael Ninneman picked up 5-21 with the ball as Nassington were dismissed for just 71 in little more than 20 overs. Joe Colebrook also weighed in with 3-29.

The job of knocking of the meagre total fell to Nicholas Taylor (32) and Jack Anglberger (34) who went about their work with the minimum of fuss.

It was a tough day at the office for Godmanchester Town meanwhile, as they slipped to a five-wicket defeat to Histon.

Paul Swannell’s 63 was the only real knock of note as Town were bowled out for 161 batting first.

Though Swannell went on to collect two wickets of his own with the ball, it wasn’t enough to prevent the visitors from cruising to victory.

A fourth century of the season by captain Jon Carpenter fired Eaton Socon to a 166-run victory over St Ives in Whiting and Partners Division 1.

Carpenter finished unbeaten on 146, while a quick-fire 50 from Dale van der Merwe saw Eaton post 306-5 at the close of the innings.

St Ives could only manage 140 in reply, with Socon’s Dan Wood the pick of the bowlers as he took 3-26. St Ives’ Nick Kumpukkal took 3-65.