TUCKER GARDNER LEAGUE: Taylor ensures Ramsey’s Division One title hopes don’t go West while St Ives claim a quick slice of revenge to stay on course for Division Two glory

Taylor West, pictured batting, starred with the ball for Ramsey in their victory at bottom side Blun

Taylor West, pictured batting, starred with the ball for Ramsey in their victory at bottom side Blunham. - Credit: Archant

Ramsey survived a scare to close in on the Tucker Gardner League Division One summit yesterday.

Michael Cafferkey’s men mis-fired with the bat as they were dismissed for just 135 at bottom side Blunham.

It was a below-par score which put them in a vulnerable position in Bedfordshire, but it ended up proving enough to earn a 29-run victory.

Taylor West tormented the home side with 5-24 to remove them for 106 while Cafferkey and Mark Edwards both snared a couple of victims.

Ramsey remain in second spot, but have now closed to within two points of a table-topping Foxton side they face at the end of the month.


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Reigning champions Godmanchester are up to third place after Tariq Aziz inspired a fine success for the second Saturday running.

The leading Tucker Gardner League run-scorer fell two runs short of a fourth century of the season as his side eased to a six-wicket victory at Saffron Walden.

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Aziz’s 98 and an unbeaten 72 from Jarryd Phillips ensured Godmanchester surpassed the hosts’ offering of 198.

Aziz had earlier taken 4-31 while captain Paul Swannell and Elliott Baldwin bagged a couple of wickets apiece.

Waresley bounced back to winning ways at the first attempt.

Skipper Tom Griffiths hit a half-century in a seven-wicket triumph against Burwell 2nds.

Their spinners had been in good form again earlier with Nigel Buckingham-Jones (3-12) and Rob Lowin (3-34) helping to remove the visitors for 137.

Eaton Socon’s nosedive continued as they crashed by nine wickets at Wisbech.

It was a fourth successive defeat for Jonny Carpenter’s side who are currently short of runs and wickets.

Captain Carpenter (46) and Matt Pateman (42) fell just short of half-centuries, but only one other Eaton Socon batsman managed to reach double-figures as they were dismissed for 162.

It was a total hosts Wisbech eased past with almost 18 overs to spare.

St Ives remain on course for the Division Two title after exacting a quick slice of revenge.

Ryan Withers’ men recorded a 29-run success against Fordham yesterday to make amends for a one-wicket loss at the hands of the same opposition the previous weekend.

Tom McCarthy took 4-45 as the table-toppers removed their visitors for 179. Jack Haycock finished the job with a direct hit run-out.

McCarthy had earlier hit 35 while Richard Greiller top-scored with 66 as St Ives managed 206-9.

Kimbolton were five-wicket winners as they also avenged a loss to the same team in their previous fixture, but there was no joy for Huntingdon & District.

Martin Burton’s side remain in the relegation zone after suffering a sixth successive defeat - reaching only 122 in pursuit of their hosts’ 134 at Cambridge Granta 2nds.

Faisal Javed put together a well-made 68 for the locals, but they lost their last five wickets for just 17 runs to see a golden chance of claiming a much-needed victory slip from their grasp.

TUCKER GARDNER LEAGUE

Division One

BLUNHAM lost to RAMSEY by 29 runs

Ramsey 135 (M. Cafferkey 31).

Blunham 106 (T. West 5-24).

SAFFRON WALDEN lost to GODMANCHESTER by 6 wkts

Saffron Walden 198 (T. Aziz 4-31).

Godmanchester 200-4 (T. Aziz 98, J. Phillips 71no).

WARESLEY beat BURWELL 2NDS by 7 wkts

Burwell 2nds 137 (N. Buckingham-Jones 3-12, R. Lowin 3-34).

Waresley 141-3 (T. Griffiths 54, N. Taylor 31).

WISBECH beat EATON SOCON by 9 wkts

Eaton Socon 162 (J. Carpenter 46, M. Pateman 42).

Division Two

CAMBRIDGE GRANTA 2NDS beat HUNTINGDON & DISTRICT by 12 runs

Cambridge Granta 2nds 134 (F. Javed 3-13).

Huntingdon & District 122 (F. Javed 68).

KIMBOLTON beat WARBOYS by 5 wkts

Warboys 146 (L. Gaynor 35).

Kimbolton 147-5.

ST IVES beat FORDHAM by 27 runs

St Ives 206-9 (R. Greiller 66, T. McCarthy 35).

Fordham 179 (T. McCarthy 45).

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