Khalsa on a March to­wards the ti­tle

CRICKET: Rapidly-im­prov­ing Khalsa are chal­leng­ing for the Di­vi­sion One ti­tle

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - by ALAN SWANN

NOT so long ago Khalsa would have strug­gled to get a fix­ture against the March sec­ond team.

But the city side have im­proved so rapidly in the last decade that they are live chal­lengers for the Cambs Di­vi­sion One ti­tle – a point they em­pha­sised with a 90-run thrash­ing of the March se­nior side on Satur­day.

Tariq Aziz (52) and Juan Drot­skie (50) were the top bats­men as Khalsa posted 173 at Wood­lands. Amir Khan (4-19) and Kamran Hu­mayun (4-21) then did most to dis­miss March for just 83 to keep Khalsa in third place.

Wis­bech man­aged to lose top spot for the first time this sum­mer de­spite record­ing a com­fort­able five-wicket win over Granta sec­onds. More points are gained by win­ning when bat­ting first in this com­pe­ti­tion and Cam­den as­sumed top spot af­ter see­ing off Ram­sey by 47 runs.

Slow left armer Craig John­son (434) was the pick of the Wis­bech bowl­ing as Granta were dis­missed for 153. Simon Freear (38), Carl Pope (34) and Henry Rosier (26no) saw the home side home with plenty in hand.

Michael Kay bagged four wick­ets for Ram­sey as Cam­den piled up 2168, but only David Car­law (46) shone with the bat as the lo­cals were shot out for 169.

Mo­hammed Ha­roon (5-35) bowled his leg spin su­perbly as Ford­ham amassed 210 at Nass­ing­ton, but the home side’s chance of vic­tory dis­ap­peared with a dread­ful start which saw them re­duced to 30-5.

Adam Craig (83no) held firm though as did Tom Nor­man (40no) as Nass­ing­ton claimed a draw at 1886. Teenager Nor­man also took three wick­ets.

It was a dread­ful day in Di­vi­sion Two for lo­cal sides as Yax­ley, Cas­tor and Bar­nack all lost heav­ily.

And there were a cou­ple of un­happy skip­pers.

Cas­tor supremo Rob Vi­tas said: “I won the toss and then it went down­hill rapidly af­ter that,” fol­low­ing his side’s 179-run ham­mer­ing at Ick­well.

Yax­ley boss Suart Brown said: “I’ve had many proud days as cap­tain of Yax­ley, but this wasn’t one of them,” af­ter his side lost by 10 wick­ets at Babra­ham.

Bar­nack went down by eight wick­ets at home to Wares­ley de­spite knocks of 48 from Adam Scotcher and Sarfraz As­ghar.

TAL­ENTED TEENAGER: Tom Nor­man.

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