Khalsa on a March towards the title
CRICKET: Rapidly-improving Khalsa are challenging for the Division One title
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.