Ramsey lay down a Mark-er as James inspires first win
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Red-hot opener James Markland starred as reigning champions Ramsey collected a first Tucker Gardner League Division One win of the season.
Markland cracked his second ton in three games to help Ramsey record a 183-run success over newly-promoted Ketton at Cricketfield Lane.
But it was by no means a one-man show as captain Taylor West added 50 and Joe Barningham hit an unbeaten 46 to help the hosts to 270-5.
And they made light work of completing victory as Michael Cafferkey took four wickets and Jonathan Cade claimed three dismissals as Ketton were knocked over for just 87.
Godmanchester saw their winning start to the campaign come to an end when held to a draw at Saffron Walden.
Overseas ace Karabo Mogotsi and Paul Swannell piled on 143 runs for the fourth wicket as the locals declared on 267-6 after 46 of their allotted 48 overs.
Swannell was eventually dismissed for 89 while Mogotsi remained unbeaten on 83 while Simon Rose smashed a half-century off just 25 balls.
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Swannell also took 3-27 with the ball as Saffron Walden doggedly reached 182-7 in reply.
Waresley displayed some excellent survival instincts to snatch a draw against Nassington.
Final pair Ashwin Reddy and Joe Colebrook successfully negotiated the final overs as they finished on 137-9 in reply to the hosts’ posting of 236-5. Nigel Buckingham-Jones and Jim Keys took a couple of wickets apiece.
Warboys were beaten by Foxton by five wickets.
An unbeaten 43 from Sam Latchford was the most sizable contribution as the locals were dismissed for 146.
Overseas player Simon Walshe took 3-16 to interrupt Foxton’s successful reply. There were also two wickets for Chris Whitfield.
There was a hat-trick of local triumphs in Division One with Eaton Socon, Huntingdon & District and Kimbolton all successful.
Fine contributions with bat and ball led Socon to a 90-run win at Fordham. Jonny Carpenter hit 63 as they were dismissed for 177 before Ben Gowling tormented Fordham with 6-39 as they were skittled for just 87.
South African star Mickey Hay also impressed as he followed up a knock of 35 with figures of 3-1.
Huntingdon & District were four-wicket winners against Cambridge NCI as they successfully passed a victory target of 170.
Pakistani ace Khaqan Arsal followed up a haul of 4-30 with 43. Gary Mills (4-48) and Andy Wright (49) were others to impress with ball and bat respectively.
Kimbolton triumphed by three wickets at Newborough. Lee Ingram led a fine bowling effort with 4-20 as the hosts were removed for 158 before 53 from Martin Burton was the most significant effort in their own innings.
St Ives featured in a high-scoring draw against Abington. Opener Ben Thomas hit 22 fours and three sixes in a mighty knock of 138 as Ives posted 264-7, but they couldn’t remove the visitors who closed on 200-8.
TUCKER GARDNER LEAGUE
RAMSEY beat KETTON by 183 runs
Ramsey 270-5 (J. Markland 105, T. West 50, J. Barningham 46no).
Ketton 87 (M. Cafferkey 4-34, J. Cade 3-23).
SAFFRON WALDEN drew with GODMANCHESTER
Godmanchester 267-6 (P. Swannell 89, K. Mogotsi 83no, S. Rose 50).
Saffron Walden 182-7 (P. Swannell 3-27).
NASSINGTON drew with WARESLEY
Waresley 137-9 (J. Allcock 37, A. Reddy 30no).
WARBOYS lost to FOXTON by 5 wkts
Warboys 146 (S. Latchford 43no).
Foxton 147-5 (S. Walshe 3-16).
FORDHAM lost to EATON SOCON by 90 runs
Eaton Socon 177 (J. Carpenter 63, M. Hay 35).
Fordham 87 (B. Gowling 6-39, M. Hay 3-1).
HUNTINGDON & DISTRICT beat CAMBRIDGE NCI by 4 wkts
Cambridge NCI 170 (K. Arsal 4-30, G. Mills 4-48).
Huntingdon & District 171-6 (A. Wright 49, K. Arsal 43, Y. Shafiq 31).
NEWBOROUGH lost to KIMBOLTON by 3 wkts
Newborough 158 (L. Ingram 4-20, M. Burton 3-42).
Kimbolton 159-7 (M. Burton 53, M. Aldwinkle 32).
ST IVES drew with ABINGTON
ST Ives 264-7 (B. Thomas 138).
Abington 200-8 (T. McCarthy 3-38).