TUCKER GARDNER ROUND UP: Godmanchester Town and Ramsey race to victory as Waresley’s form continues to slide

Godmanchester CC v NCI, Godmanchester batsman Matthew Pateman,

Godmanchester CC v NCI, Godmanchester batsman Matthew Pateman, - Credit: Archant

The Godmanchester Town batsmen raced to the team’s highest ever total in the Tucker Gardner Premier League against Cambridge NCI on Saturday, leaving them top of the table.

Godmanchester CC v NCI, Godmanchester batsman Kieran Adhav,

Godmanchester CC v NCI, Godmanchester batsman Kieran Adhav, - Credit: Archant

It had started badly when opener Adam Cousins was bowled in the first over.

Godmanchester CC v NCI, Godmanchester batsman Matthew Binge,

Godmanchester CC v NCI, Godmanchester batsman Matthew Binge, - Credit: Archant

But in-form skipper Matt Pateman (74) and Kiran Adhav (73) led the way, with good knocks from Mark Askew (38) and Matt Davies Binge (33) in their 268 for five.

They could have scored more but Pateman opted to declare after 40 overs.

Just two Godmanchester bowlers were required as all 10 Cambridge NCI wickets fell inside 24 overs, Adhav (6-36), his second six-wicket haul of the season, and Wayne Bradley (4-27) wrapping up the win.

Michael Cafferkey starred with the ball as Ramsey won a low-scoring game away at Camden.

The visitors struggled to 102 all out as James Markland (23) and Trent Goers (31), batting at numbers eight and nine, rescued the innings.

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They made it to three figures with help from some wayward bowling, as extras was second top score with 30, wides accounting for 22 of them.

The home side found batting equally tricky, with just one batsman making it to double figures.

Cafferkey led the all-seam attack and took four wickets, David Carlaw three and Mark Edwards two as Camden were dismissed for 85.

Captain Taylor West said: “The wicket was really wet. Whoever won the toss had a strong advantage and we lost and got put in.

“At one stage it was looking rather bleak when we were 35 or 40 for seven but when we got to 102 we knew we had a competitive score.

“When we bowled we knew we would get 10 chances and luckily we got the chances and we took them.”

Waresley’s slide in form continued as they lost by 81 runs away to Foxton and Brabaham.

Bowling first, they conceded 191 runs for just five wickets, Blair Tickner the pick of the bowlers (3-56).

In response, they slumped to 56 for six when Simon Donald (33) was caught, before Tickner (36) also showed some good form with the bat.

Their resistance ended in the 42nd over when they were all out for 110. They will be hoping for a better showing at the weekend when Nigel Buckingham-Jones returns to the side after injury.

There was a heavy defeat for Warboys at Histon where the batsmen found it hard going.

Captain Leighton Gilbert (14) and number nine Sam Latchford (18) were the only two to make double figures in their 64 all out.

Histon made short work of knocking off the runs, finishing the job in just over 11 overs, but despite the win remain third from bottom.

In Division Two, St Ives Town’s 239 for eight against Saffron Walden II included a century for skipper Richard Greiller.

Scoring at nearly a run a ball, he made 126 before being last man out when he was bowled. Murray Reid (35) and Nicholas Bennett (24) were the other top scorers.

But it was not enough as Saffron lost only five wickets in making their target. Benjamin Thomas was the most economical bowler, taking 2-49 in his 16 overs.

Eaton Socon lost by 129 runs away at league leaders Ketton. The home side batted first and racked up a formidable 260 for seven, Matt Taylor taking five wickets.

It was a total that proved out of reach for Eaton Socon, who finished on 132 all out. David Humphrey (43) and Tom Banks (35) top scored.