League success and a big cup scalp make it a fine start to the season for Ramsey

Ramsey batsman James Markland faces a delivery during their win at Waresley last Saturday. Picture:

Ramsey batsman James Markland faces a delivery during their win at Waresley last Saturday. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Ramsey enjoyed a successful start to the new season on two fronts.

Michael Cafferkey’s men eased to a 129-run success at Waresley in their Tucker Gardner League Division One opener last Saturday before making progress in the National Clubs Championship by claiming the scalp of higher-level Great Witchingham 24 hours later.

“Two wins is not a bad way to start the season considering we went into it cold,” said Cafferkey. “We didn’t play any friendlies and it showed a little bit at times, but we managed to pick up a couple of good results and hopefully there is still plenty more to come from the lads.”

Skipper Cafferkey and the man he succeeded – Taylor West – made impressive contributions in both weekend wins.

West top-scored with 73 and Cafferkey hit 51 as Ramsey piled up 250 against Waresley in their league curtain-raiser – a tally boosted by a big-hitting 38 from new overseas ace Blake Mills.

Mark Edwards then led the way with the ball, taking 5-29 as Waresley were dismissed for 121 while Kasim Ikhlaq bagged 3-14 on his Ramsey debut.

Chetan Chauhan and Alex Watkiss had earlier been the pick of the Waresley bowlers with three wickets apiece, but their side couldn’t get competitive with the bat.

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There was plenty of drama the following day at Cricketfield Lane as Cafferkey and West masterminded a 10-run comeback success against East Anglian Premier League (EAPL) outfit Great Witchingham in the opening round of the National Clubs Championship.

West top-scored with 46 as Ramsey posted a tally of 184, but they looked set to fall at the first hurdle when the visitors eased to 140-0 in reply.

The locals had other ideas as Cafferkey took 6-40 and West grabbed 3-18 to trigger a collapse as the visitors lost all 10 wickets for 34 runs.

Cafferkey was also full of praise for the contribution of Mark Saunders a day before he celebrated his 15th birthday. The youngster added a valuable 17 runs to Ramsey’s total before bowling nine tight overs of leg spin.

Ramsey’s reward is a trip to another EAPL side, Swardeston, who have won the title at that level five times in the past decade, on May 8.

“It will be a really tough test against a top EAPL team,” added Cafferkey. “But we’ll give it our best shot.”

Ramsey host Nassington in Tucker Gardner League Division One this Saturday.