Saturday cricket: Captain back with a bang as Ramsey win a thriller
- Credit: Archant
Reigning champions Ramsey roared back into the Tucker Gardner League Division One title picture in dramatic style yesterday.
Olly Verrall clubbed a six to guide them to victory over Waresley at Cricketfield Lane with one wicket remaining and two balls to spare.
Ramsey had been set a stiff target after Waresley piled up 230 despite five wickets from spinner Joe Barningham.
Tom Griffiths led the way for the visitors on 67 while opener Simon Donald and Jake Allcock added useful contributions of 43 and 41 respectively.
But Ramsey skipper Taylor West inspired a successful chase by returning from injury with a big-hitting 89.
West bashed eight fours and five sixes during an 86-ball knock before falling with Ramsey still nine runs short of victory, but final pair Dave Carlaw and Verrall finished the job.
Third-placed Ramsey remain heavily involved in the title race with the top three teams in the Division One standings covered by just seven points at the halfway stage of the season. They have, however, played a game more than the two teams above them.
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Godmanchester were knocked off the top of the table after just one week.
Town slipped to second after being held to a draw by Histon for the second time this season.
Matt Pateman’s men amassed 231-6 declared at The Parks yesterday with Matt Durrant hitting an unbeaten half-century, but the visitors were resolute in reply as they held on at 181-8.
Fenland side Wisbech are the new leaders after their win at Nassington.
There was more woe for Warboys as they went down by 119 runs at Burwell 2nds. The locals were shot out for 132 in pursuit of 251.
BURWELL 2NDS won by WABOYS by 119 runs
Burwell 2nds 251.
GODMANCHESTER drew with HISTON
Godmanchester 231-6 dec (M. Durrant 50no, M. Pateman 40, A. Cousins 37no, W. Bradley 32).
Histon 181-8 (E. Baldwin 3-33).
RAMSEY beat WARESLEY by 1 wkt
Waresley 230 (T. Griffiths 67, S. Donald 43, J. Allcock 41, J. Barningham 5-36).
Ramsey 233-9 (T. West 89, M. Cafferkey 42).