Castor ease their relegation worries but it looks gloomy for Barnack The future is much brighter for Castor
CASTOR eased their Cambs Division Two relegation fears with a four-wicket win over rock-bottom Barnack.
Set 185 to win, Castor cruised home following a fine start by their top order men Mark Wheat (43), Ashley Rodgers (31) and Luke Broekman (38).
Captain Rob Vitas finished the contest off in style with a hard-hit 33 from just 20 balls which included five fours and a monstrous six.
Barnack look set to return to Hunts League cricket next summer which would be a shame for Adam Scotcher, who continued his fine recent form with 78, and his father Gary Scotcher who returned figures of 4-39.
Yaxley are safe in mid-table after squeezing out a two-wicket success over Godmanchester seconds.
Alistair Greenwood (4-48) and Dave Stratton (3-47) shared seven wickets as Goddy were dismissed for 171. Rob Clarke (47) and Mark Claypole (42no) then rescued Yaxley from early trouble to steer their side to victory.
Godmanchester firsts are the form side in Division One and they moved up to third following a sevewicket demolition of local rivals Ramsey.
Damien Clarke top scored with 21 in Ramsey’s 105 all out. James Cowan (6-29) and in-form Michael Cafferkey (61) were Godmanches- ter’s star performers.
Second-placed Wisbech lost ground on leaders Camden following their draw at arch rivals March, but it was almost so much worse for the title challengers.
Wisbech were reduced to 62-7 but a ninth-wicket stand of 92 between Ian Burgess (62) and number 10 Bradley Apted (56no) pushed them up to a very respectable 213.
March were also in early trouble at 15-4 before batting out for a draw at 144-7. James Harradine (47) top scored for March.
Khalsa and Nassington also drew, but not before the city side’s Tanvir Afzal had enjoyed himself against his former club.
Afzal battered the boundary boards during an innings of 77 as Khalsa amassed 261 in their 48 overs. Juan Drotskie made 64, while Haroon Mohammed and Jonathan Smith collected four wickets apiece for Nassington.
Harry Chappell replied with 108 for Nassington with Afzal inevitably picking up three wickets, but the game eventually petered out to a draw with the home side on 2527.
Big-hitting, big name Paul Rawden was back in the area for the weekend, but managed just 15 for Nassington.
HOWZAT: Khalsa’s Taz Ahmed is bowled by Khalsa’s Danny De Saram for 19. (METP-26-06-10GM037)
WELL BATTED: Barnack’s Adam Scotcher during his knock of 78. (METP-26-06-10AS544)
IN FULL FLOW: James Fountain bowling for Castor against Barnack.