Saturday cricket: Several men missing, but Godmanchester get back to winning
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Tucker Gardner League Division One title candidates Godmanchester shrugged aside an availability crisis to extend their unbeaten summer run.
Godmanchester were so short of players they had to persuade club legend Kevin Clement out of retirement on his 60th birthday.
And it proved to be a happy return as they overcame a nightmare start to see off Nassington by 21 runs at The Parks.
New arrival Rizwan Yousuf went for a duck as Godmanchester were left on the ropes at 6-3 early in their innings.
But skipper Matt Pateman (47) and the in-form Adam Cousins (41) steadied the ship and helped to guide them to a respectable 199-9 - a tally which received a huge boost as 22 runs arrived from the final over of the innings.
It proved to be more than enough as Elliot Baldwin bagged four wickets and Tariq Aziz claimed three scalps against his former club.
Nassington were eventually dismissed for 178 with just over three overs remaining.
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Ramsey’s title hopes were dealt a blow by a six-wicket loss at Histon while Waresley went down by the same margin at Burwell 2nds.
Warboys dropped to the bottom of the Division One standings after losing to leaders Wisbech by three wickets at Forge Way.
It was the same old story for the strugglers as they limped to 145-9 with only three batsmen – skipper Matt Duncan, Liam Gaynor and James Trafford – making it into double-figures.
They made a game of it though with Chris Whitfield bagging three wickets before the table-toppers eased past their target.
BURWELL 2NDS beat WARESLEY by 6 wkts
Burwell 2nds 205-4.
GODMANCHESTER beat NASSINGTON by 21 runs
Godmanchester 199-9 (M. Pateman 47, A. Cousins 41).
Nassington 178 (E. Baldwin 4-36, T. Aziz 3-42).
HISTON beat RAMSEY by 6 wkts
WARBOYS lost to WISBECH by 3 wkts
Warboys 145-9 (D. Duncan 42, L. Gaynor 30).
Wisbech 149-7 (C. Whitfield 3-36).