Former Ramsey player and now Warboys captain, Leighton Gilbert, said his side’s victory in the two team’s Tucker Gardner Premier League clash on Saturday was sweet – but left him with mixed feelings.
Warboys, the home side, were set a target of 207 for seven in the Division One game, but Gilbert said his enforced fielding of an understrength side may have tilted the match in their favour.
“It was a sweet feeling to win a local derby,” he said. “We were considerably understrength but in a funny way I think that worked in our advantage. I thought we were excellent with the ball and in the field and when they declared on 207 I knew we had a chance as it’s a good wicket at Warboys and not always easy to take 10 wickets.
“Matt Cooksey showed some real grit in his 50 and the way Matt Duncan and Adam Hyde saw us home was superb.”
Michael Cafferkey hit 52 for Ramsey with Taylor West putting on 48. But Duncan’s fine 68 helped Warboys take the shine off their visitors total and take the derby honours.
Gilbert said: “There were mixed feelings for me having played for Ramsey for 20 years but it was a memorable day for the team and the club and I hope we show the same sort of character in every game from now on.”
Waresley’s Dominic Farr hit 51 and Sam Johnson was 50 not out when they beat visitors March Town by five wickets. Nigel Buckingham-Jones took three wickets for 31 runs.
The Waresley captain, Simon Donald, said: “It was a much-needed win. We are a good side and it was only a matter of time before we performed again.”
Godmanchester Town continue to top the table after another simple win. Kiran Adhav was again the star when he took seven wickets for just 20 runs as Goddy bowled Camden all out for a mere 38 after declaring for 240 for six.
Simon Rose did best with the bat scoring an excellent 52 not out from down the order, while Elliott Baldwin claimed the other three wickets for 17.
In Division Two, the Eaton Socon captain Terry Day was disappointed his side could only manage a draw in their Huntingdonshire derby match at St Ives Town.
Day told The Hunts Post: “I was disappointed we couldn’t force a win after a superb spell from Glen Daniels (4-52) had restricted St Ives to 172 for eight.
“But, after recent batting performances, we were negative against their spinners and this left us too much to do in the later overs to get a win. But we managed to hold out for a draw.”
David Humphrey hit 46 for Eaton with Will Hall notching up 40, while for St Ives Ryan Withers top scored with 48.
The St Ives captain, Richard Greiller, said: “It wasn’t our best performance with the bat and we knew that if you get in on our wicket you can make a big score, which is exactly what we didn’t do.
“That said, Socon bowled with good control and discipline, particularly early on, and didn’t offer too many four balls.
“As such, 172 for eight was less than I wanted, having decided to bat first – but I knew if we did well it was more than enough to be competitive.
“Eaton shut up shop again rather than continue to look for points for themselves and ultimately they seemed to get what they wanted out of the game.”