Tanvir’s terrific knock is all in vain
CRICKET: Wisbech just manage to hang on to top spot in the Cambs League
WisbEch withstood an early and late battering from Khalsa before sneaking a one-wicket win in cambs Division One at harecroft Road.
Khalsa promoted Pakistani professional Tanvir Afzal to open the batting and he was quick to continue his outstanding personal record against the Fenmen.
Last season Afzal bagged a hattrick for Nassington against Wisbech, but this time his flashing blade did the damage as he thumped seven sixes in a 79-ball innings of 111.
Tas Ahmed (50) helped him put on 155 for the first wicket, but Wisbech fought back well to dismiss Khalsa for 246.
Gary Freear bagged three wickets and went on to make 83 with the bat.
When he and fellow Minor Counties star James Williams (64) were at the crease, the home side were cruising, but from 203-2 they slumped to 225-9 in the face of some fine bowling from Kamran Humayun and Afzal.
But Carl Pope and Craig Johnson held their nerve to add 23 for the final wicket and see Wisbech home in a nerve-jangler. Humayun and Afzal each claimed four wickets for Khalsa.
Wisbech needed to win to hold onto top spot as second-placed Camden were comfortable eight-wicket winners at Nassington.
Danny De Saram made 53 of Nassington’s 162, but Cambs Minor Counties legend Nigel Gadsby (71no) was immovable for the visitors.
Cambs University opening bowler Rob Woolley has been playing exclusively as a batsman for March, but he was allowed to turn his arm over in Cambs League cricket for the first time at Ramsey.
The result was impressive as Woolley’s 5-34 helped skittle the home side for 142 to complete a 50-run win for March.
Woolley also top scored with 57. Adrian Cade defied his advancing years to make 45 and take three wickets for Ramsey whose Aussie import Patrick Yelland has returned home after failing to make the grade at Cricketfield Lane.
In Division Two Barnack’s second win of the season was enough to take them off the bottom of the table.
They needed a ninth-wicket stand of 80 between number 10 Mohammed Raheel (55) and Pete Best to post 206 before Mohammed Shahid (6-48) and Adam Scotcher (4-24) took all 10 Bluntisham wickets to seal a 105-run success.
Yaxley skipper Stuart Brown was
GREAT iNNiNGs: again in outstanding form, but batting through the innings for 110 not out couldn’t save his side from a four-wicket defeat at NCI.
Alistair Greenwood – or Ali G to use his street name – was the only other Yaxley player to emerge with much credit following a score of 30 with 4-48.
Castor failed to collect a single point from their 10-wicket defeat by Saffron Walden seconds despite an opening stand of 64 between skipper Rob Vitas and Ashley Rodgers.
The introduction of Zimbabwean one-day international Kevin Duers changed the game. He took 6-30 as Castor were skittled for 130.
WisbEch: Pictured before Saturday’s win against Khalsa are from the left, back, Ben Allsop, Zac Brown, Sam Brandon, Henry Rosier, Craig Johnson, Simon Freear, front, Bradley Apted, Adam Hodgson, James Williams, Gary Freear, Carl Pope.