There were reasons for both teams to celebrate after a Tucker Gardner League Division One derby clash yesterday.
Title-chasing Godmanchester extended their unbeaten run this summer to 13 matches by surviving a scare to triumph by two wickets at Warboys.
But the struggling hosts’ performance in defeat at Forge Way was good enough to enable them to climb off the bottom of the table and to within two points of safety.
It looked set to be a smooth afternoon for Godmanchester as Tariq Aziz and drafted-in Pakistani ace Mohammed Azeem Ghumman put together a century opening stand as they went in pursuit of Warboys’ effort of 194-6.
But wickets then fell on a regular basis with Liam Gaynor claiming the scalps of both opener on his way to figures of 5-46.
Godmanchester eventually crept to victory with 10 balls to spare and with two wickets in hand to secure a maximum haul of 25 points.
Jack Skidmore had earlier top-scored for hosts Warboys with 63. Gaynor added a useful 35 and Matt Cooksey hit 35 as they banked 14 valuable league points to move to within two points of escaping the drop-zone.
Michael Cafferkey produced an explosive innings to power Ramsey to a resounding seven-wicket success at Foxton.
Cafferkey hit five sixes and eight fours as he cracked 76 off just 58 balls to ensure the reigning champions passed a victory target of 132 with a minimum of fuss.
Cafferkey had earlier taken a couple of wickets in a fine bowling effort from the locals which also included two wickets apiece from Elliot Cafferkey and Joe Barningham, and 3-22 from veteran seamer David Carlaw.
Charlie Lewis hit a half-century as Waresley went down to Ketton by seven wickets.
Lewis was the biggest contributor with 56 as the locals were dismissed for 182 and Ketton had no trouble in surpassing that despite three Joe Colebrook wickets.
Division Two leaders Eaton Socon were held to a draw by Cambridge NCI despite a first century in English cricket from Mickey Hay.
The South African ace was unbeaten on 103 and Jonny Carpenter reached 50 as Socon amassed 225-9 after being put into bat.
And the same two players were the biggest weapons with the ball – Carpenter taking 4-47 and Hay recording 3-32 – as the hosts survived on 181-9 in reply.
St Ives stormed into second spot thanks to a six-wicket success at Blunham. Overseas ace Benji Thomas bagged five wickets before hitting 70 to inspire the locals.
Huntingdon & District dropped to third after slipping up against Abington at St Peter’s Road.
The visitors piled up 254-3 with Freddie Khan’s men dismissed for 178 in reply.
Kimbolton agonisingly missed out on victory at Weston Colville in a high-scoring draw.
Rory Fenton hit 129 as the villagers closed on 253-8 – one run short of the hosts’ effort of 254-8.
FOXTON lost to RAMSEY by 7 wkts
Foxton 131 (D. Carlaw 3-22).
Ramsey 137-3 (M. Cafferkey 76).
WARBOYS lost to GODMANCHESTER by 2 wkts
Warboys 194-6 (J. Skidmore 63, L. Gaynor 39, M. Cooksey 35, T. Aziz 3-49).
Godmanchester 195-8 (M. Ghumman 52, T. Aziz 44, L. Gaynor 5-46).
WARESLEY lost to KETTON by 7 wkts
Waresley 182 (C. Lewis 56, J. Allcock 33).
Ketton 184-3 (J. Colebrook 3-39).
BLUNHAM lost to ST IVES by 6 wkts
St Ives 156-4.
CAMBRIDGE NCI drew with EATON SOCON
Eaton Socon 225-9 (Hay 103no, Carpenter 50).
Cambridge NCI 181-9 (Carpenter 4-47, Hay 3-32).
HUNTINGDON & DISTRICT lost to ABINGTON by 76 runs
Huntingdon & District 178.
WESTON COLVILLE drew with KIMBOLTON
Weston Colville 254-8.
Kimbolton 253-8 (R. Fenton 129, G. Biddle 46no).