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Godmanchester swept to the Tucker Gardner League Division One summit by seeing off reigning champions Ramsey in a rain-affected top-of-the-table showdown.
Godmanchester rode their luck to take over at the top of Tucker Gardner League Division One on Saturday.
Captain Matt Pateman admitted a large slice of good fortune helped his unbeaten men to victory over reigning champions Ramsey in a rain-affected top-of-the-table showdown at Cricketfield Lane.
An unbroken final-wicket stand of 30 between Adam Cousins and Wayne Bradley saw Godmanchester past their revised target of 123 for the loss of no more than five wickets.
But hearts were in mouths for the on-strike Bradley and his watching team-mates when the ball hit the base of the stumps, but did not dislodge the bails, with Godmanchester still seven runs short of their target.
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Bradley responded by clubbing the next ball for six before another couple of runs completed their success.
“It was a relief to get over the line,” said Pateman. “I thought we had probably blown it when needing 30 to win with one wicket remaining.
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“Full credit to Wayne and Adam for holding their nerve really well, but we did have a massive slice of luck when the ball went back onto the stumps.
“Of course it is nice to be top of the league, but it is a position we have held at various times before so it doesn’t really mean anything at the moment.
“When it matters is after 22 games and we have only had 10 so far.
“We need to keep the consistency going and ensure we continue to pick up results. Some people are forgetting about Wisbech who are only five points behind us.”
Michael Cafferkey had earlier been the star performer in an interrupted Ramsey innings as he hit 62 in their offering of 145-9.
Simon Rose did the majority of the damage with the ball for Godmanchester as he helped himself to 5-41.
Ramsey dropped to third as a result of this defeat and have also played a game more than the two teams now above them – Godmanchester and Wisbech.
Waresley were another side to overcome the weather as well as their opposition on Saturday in a 96-run success.
Phil Masdin top-scored with 34 as the locals amassed 178-9 before ensuring Foxton got nowhere near their revised target of 128.
Jake Allcock took three wickets and there were two apiece for Zac Ringrose and Nigel Buckingham (who conceded just four runs from his eight ultra-tight overs) as the visitors limped to 82-8 in reply.
But Warboys’ struggles continued as they crashed to defeat by 132 runs at Nassington. The relegation battlers were dismissed for 113.
Jon Carpenter helped himself to a second century in three games as Eaton Socon strengthened their grip on top spot in Tucker Gardner League Division Two.
Carpenter hit an unbeaten 114 to set his side on their way to a 130-run blitz of Sawston & Babraham.
Ben Thomas took three wickets and hit a half-century as St Ives eased past Khalsa in another rain-interrupted clash while two other local teams at Division Two level battled out a draw.
Nick Borkett hit 58 for Kimbolton as they made 230-8 before restricting Huntingdon & District to 171-7 in reply.