Ramsey make it a weekend to remember

Ramsey CC winners of the Smith Barry Cup final 2014

Ramsey CC winners of the Smith Barry Cup final 2014 - Credit: Archant

Ramsey secured the Tucker Gardner Division One title with an 82-run victory against Warboys - then completed a remarkable weekend with victory in the Smith Barry Cup final against Huntingdon on Sunday.

Captain Taylor West led from the front, steering his side from the middle order with a commanding top score of 63, featuring five boundaries and three maximums, before he was caught by James Trafford off the bowling of Connor Withers.

Matthew Slack kept up the attack, with 11 fours and a six in his 60 and was still at the crease when West decided to declare at 225 for 6 after 44 overs.

Warboys’ reply never got going, with the top four scoring just 13 between them, with ducks for Adam Pedlar and David

Wright. Mark Edwards was the chief threat for Ramsey early on, taking three of those wickets, finishing with 3 for 29.

John Cade’s 4 for 41 sealed victory, with Warboys all out for 143, despite some attacking defiance from James Trafford, who hit 11 boundaries in his 54 at number eight.

The Smith Barry Cup final pitted the top sides from the Tucker Gardner and Hunts County Bats leagues and, perhaps not surprisingly, Ramsey came out on top, winning the cup for the 36th time.

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Ramsey were all out for 167 but Huntingdon could only reach 109 in reply.

Their league success now puts Ramsey into a play-off with either Frinton or Goggeshall for the right to play in the East Anglian Premier League next year.

All-rounder Michael Cafferkey is one of seven players who featured in Ramsey’s last attempt to reach the region’s elite level three years ago, when they lost to Copdock having won the league. “We were not quite good enough to go up then,” he said, “but, hopefully, we can win this time.”

Ramsey will host either of the Two Counties sides – who are two points apart with a game to go – on September 20.