So far, so good for Goddy in their Tucker title mission
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Captain Matt Pateman believes Godmanchester can handle the pressure of being major Tucker Gardner League Division One title contenders again.
Town were pipped to the crown last summer, but their revamped side have made a terrific start to the 2015 campaign with back-to-back victories.
They delivered a 131-run destruction of fellow locals Warboys on Saturday when Pateman led by example with an unbeaten century and Elliott Baldwin bagged five wickets.
“We can’t ask for any more than maximum points after two games,” said Pateman, who clubbed 14 fours and a six in his knock of 114 not out.
“I felt we were a bit hard done by last season with the timing of a game against March being rained off when others were played.
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“That, along with the 11 points we dropped at home to Ramsey – we couldn’t finish them off – cost us the league.
“We have a stronger all-round side this season so I believe we can be right up there, but there will be no complacency. Expectation brings pressure, but I feel we are able to cope with that.
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“The team is looking strong and our availability is good with Paul Swannell and Matt Durrant around more than they have been in the past.
“Tariq Aziz and Simon Rose have added more strength while our new overseas player, Karabo Mogotsi, is young but very talented.”
Godmanchester will be out to extend their winning run at Saffron Walden this Saturday.
It hasn’t been anywhere near as good a start to the campaign for reigning champions Ramsey.
Taylor West’s men are still waiting to sample Division One success after a surprise opening day defeat at the hands of Histon was followed by a draw against another fancied side, Foxton, on Saturday.
Jordon Cafferkey came agonisingly close to a century when being dismissed for 96 as Ramsey piled up 245-9 and they looked to have Foxton in big trouble as they were reduced to 26-4 following a series of early breakthroughs.
But the visitors dug in to reach 128-6 in reply.
Ramsey’s next challenge will be posed by newly-promoted Ketton who have won both outings to date.
The Rutland side made light work of Waresley as they dished out a nine-wicket drubbing on Saturday.
Waresley could manage just 124-32 of which came from the bat of Tom Griffiths – with Ketton breezing to victory.
Ramsey did claim a first victory of 2015 on Sunday when making progress in the ECB national Club Championship.
Michael Cafferkey impressed with bat and ball as they saw off Buckingham by 31 runs in the opening round at Cricketfield Lane.
The most emphatic victory of the weekend came in Hunts League Division Three where Huntingdon & District seconds demolished Kings Keys by 223 runs.
An unbeaten 78 from Sheraz Ali helped the locals post 264-5 before they skittled Kings Keys for just 41. Umar Habib took 4-8 and Adrian Rose bagged 3-3.