Waresley captain Simon Donald thought his team had done enough for a win at home to Nassington on Saturday – but a draw still kept the team at top of the Tucker Gardner Premier One table.
Sam Johnson and Dominic Farr top scored for the pace-setters with knocks of 46 and 41 as Waresley reached 206 for six, while Nassington managed to put on 199 for eight. Once again, Nigel Buckingham-Jones was in the wickets and he took three for 58 runs. Blair Tickner’s three wickets only cost 50 him runs, however.
“I thought 206 was a very good score and that it would be enough to win,” said Donald. “But we didn’t bowl or field very well to be honest and a lack of early wickets prevented us being in the hunt for the win. Late wickets made a very interesting last five overs but it was all too little, too late.
“Still, 14 points is a very good result from a game you haven’t won and we are still top of the table and unbeaten this season.”
Matt Pateman, the captain of second-placed Godmanchester Town, is confident in his team’s ability to keep Waresley in their sights – especially after a pretty relaxed win against Foxton & Babraham.
Godmanchester lost their first game of the season against Sawston but have now won three on the trot and bowler Kiran Adhav is making life difficult for the batsmen he comes up against. “Adhav is a canny bowler – I’d be surprised if he doesn’t dominate the bowling stats,” said Patemen. “But let me make a special mention of our spinner Wayne Bradley who bowled very nicely as well.”
After Pateman had led from the by example, getting 60 in Godmanchester’s 203 – Mark Askew was second best with a knock of 39 – Adhav bowled five of the Foxton batsmen out for 36 runs, while Bradley chipped in with three for 36.
“I am happy with our start, despite the set back against Sawston,” said Pateman. “We were put in there on a tricky wicket. Other than that we have picked up three very good wins.”
Warboys picked up their first win of the Premier One campaign by beating Camden. The team shared out the runs and reached 167 for nine after the home side had set them 166.
Following his seven-wicket haul the previous week, Chris Whitfield was at it again, with four for 45.
But for Leighton Gilbert, the Warboys captain, who is recovering from torn knee ligaments, it was an uncomfortable watch.
He said: “It was nice to get a win under our belts. We had got ourselves into a winning position in our last two games so I felt we had this one coming.
“It was a bit close for my liking but a great game and a well deserved victory. James Trafford and Jack Skidmore showed great maturity with their last-wicket stand of 30. They kept their heads when it looked like the game had slipped away.
“I hope to be back playing soon as I am not sure I can watch many more close finishes like that.”
For Ramsey, fourth in the table, there was a disappointing draw at Cambridge NCI, although David Clarke hit 59 and the captain Taylor West added 57.
In Division Two, Eaton Socon coasted to a win against Yaxley with Ben Gowling bowling well to take four for 25 (including a hat-trick) and Joe Donnelly knocking 76 in their chase of 137 during which they managed for the loss of just three wickets.
Terry Day, the Eaton captain, said: “It was a good win after a poor start. Yaxley were 52-1 after nine overs before the superb spell by Ben Gowling. We have had a decent start to the season and it was important to win ahead of our difficult trip to second-placed Khalsa next week.”
For St Ives Town, there was further frustration when they lost by 99 runs at Burwell.
There was a decent knock from Ryan Withers (37) and Bilal Ahmed took four for 59 but things aren’t going right for the relegated team so far this season. St Ives have failed to register a win but aren’t quite rock bottom with Yaxley, Fordham and Abington all below them in the table.