Cas­tor ease their rel­e­ga­tion wor­ries but it looks gloomy for Bar­nack The fu­ture is much brighter for Cas­tor


The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Cricket - by ALAN SWANN

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.


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