Warboys face a vital spell in survival bid

Warboys skipper Matt Duncan.

Warboys skipper Matt Duncan. - Credit: Archant

Rock-bottom Warboys are determined to preserve their Tucker Gardner League Division One status with a late-season winning spree.

Matt Duncan’s men face the three teams directly above them in the table on the next three Saturdays. The key run begins when March visit Forge Way this Saturday ahead of trips to Saffron Walden and Waresley.

But, after only managing one success all summer, Duncan admits three victories from their final six matches are likely to be required to dodge the drop.

He said: “It is going to be tough to stay up, but we will keep scrapping away while there are points up for grabs.

“We have three massive Saturdays coming up and we believe we can get the results we need. The mood at the club remains good.”

They will take great heart from their performance in a draw at big-spending Ketton on Saturday though. Chris Whitfield top-scored with 57 as a Warboys side chronically short of runs throughout the season posted a handy 257-7 before their hosts reached 227-7 in reply.

Waresley remain in trouble, two places above the relegation zone, after slipping to a 97-run defeat to Histon on Saturday.

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The bulk of the locals’ runs arrived from Ian Donald and Zac Ringrose, who piled on 96 for the third-wicket.

Donald departed for 60 and Ringrose soon followed one run short of a half-century as Waresley were dismissed for 162 in pursuit of the visitors’ 259-2.

Title-chasing Godmanchester stretched their advantage at the Division One summit with one of their smoothest successes of a memorable summer. Matt Pateman’s men bashed Burwell 2nds by eight wickets.

Spin star Kiran Adhav took 4-12 as the visitors were dismissed for 109 before Pateman hit an unbeaten 54 to steer them to glory.

And, with title rivals Wisbech being held by Foxton, his side are now firm favourites for honours.

Joe Barningham impressed with bat and ball as reigning champions Ramsey kept their faint hopes of defending the title alive. The Aussie hit 63 and took 4-28 in a 38-run triumph at struggling March.