Town captain keen to avoid thrilling Tucker title climax

Godmanchester captain Matt Pateman.

Godmanchester captain Matt Pateman. - Credit: Archant

Godmanchester captain Matt Pateman admits he would rather not face the great spectacle of an end-of-season title showdown.

A six-wicket success at Ketton on Saturday kept table-topping Town clear of rivals Wisbech as they go in search of a first Tucker League Division One crown.

Both teams have three matches remaining – the last of which is a head-to-head battle on September 12.

Pateman said: “To their credit Wisbech keep winning, but the title is in our hands. It is always exciting to be part of big games and a title decider on the final day of the season would make a good spectacle.

“But I don’t think any of us would mind if Wisbech slipped up and we got the job done before then.

“We just need to focus on facing a March team fighting to stay up this Saturday. It is a game where we will have to be switched on.”

Pateman top-scored with 55 as unbeaten Godmanchester eased to victory at Ketton. Spin star Kiran Adhav had tormented the hosts with 5-20 as they were dismissed for 128. Tariq Aziz also bagged 3-10.

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Adhav was controversially dismissed from the first ball of Town’s reply when he had not been ready to take strike, but they shrugged aside that grievance to win.

Godmanchester also have to face outgoing champions Ramsey in their penultimate fixture. Elliot Cafferkey hit a half-century and bagged five wickets as they sank Nassington by two wickets on Saturday.

Warboys were pushed closer to the drop by Waresley. Skipper Matt Duncan hit an unbeaten century in defeat for the bottom side.