Usman in an ‘urry in nail-biting victory
THE nerveless Nassington youngsters saw their side to victory after a nail-biting finish to the Cambs Division One clash with Camden.
A low scoring contest was eventually won by the home side when teenage number 11 Tom Burns clipped the first delivery he faced for four to take Nassington past Camden’s 87 all-out.
Another youngster Patrick Atkinson-daziel was at the other end when the one-wicket win was confirmed, but they were just finishing off a victory set up by Usman Sadiq,
Sadiq ripped the Camden batting apart with a spell of 5-10 from just six overs which included a treblewicket maiden. He also top-scored in Nassington’s innings with 29.
Kasim Ikhlaq (3-11) was the other Nassington bowler to shine as a first win of 2012 was achieved.
There were also a couple of firsts at Woodlands where reigning champions Ramsey collected their opening win against a Khalsa side who were managing to start a game for the first time this summer.
They almost didn’t though as a leaky cover caused a delayed start, but Ramsey were soon making up the lost time by skittling the home side for 89 to set-up a five-wicket success.
Wisbech have enjoyed a steady start to the campaign and a second win in succession moved them up to fourth place in the Division One table.
Fenland celebrities James Williams and Gary Freear were the star performers in the four-wicket win at St Ives.
Williams returned figures of 5-50 with his nippy seamers as the home side were dismissed for 162 before Freear made 60 of his side’s 163-6.
Freear had been frustrated by a run of scores in the 40s, but came good here in classy style. He dominated a match-winning fourth-wicket stand of 65 with Dave Wood (50).
Jack Hastings did his bit for Wisbech with the ball by taking out both St Ives openers.
Wisbech are the highest-placed local side following a nine-wicket thumping for March at the hands of Sawston.
The March batsmen had a shocking day mustering just 96 with only Tom Howgego passing 20.
And spare a thought for poor old Castor. The villagers romped to the Division two title last season, but Two completed outings at the higher level has found them wanting.
Castor are 134-20 in their two innings so far as they followed 76 allout at Wisbech with 58 all out at early-season pacesetters Foxton. No wonder they are rumoured to be planning big-money raids on the Peterborough Town second team.
Tariq Aziz finished on 25 not out, but six Castor players failed to trouble the scorers and three entered the record books as hat-trick victims of Foxton’s Aussie import Andrew Kealy.
The left-arm swing bowler has already taken 21 wickets in a raininterrupted campaign and seven of them arrived in this game.
Castor also had their seven-wicket star in Kamran Hamayun, but his sterling efforts were over-shadowed well before the end.
Castor skipper Rob Vitas, whose side are joint-bottom of the table, said: “It was so depressing I almost started yearning for matches against Yaxley again.”
Yaxley may well be swapping places with Castor at the end of the season as a second win in a row moved them up to third spot in Division Two.
And Yaxley showed a fighting spirit that will stand them in good stead for the rest of the summer, They were 77-7 and in all sorts of trouble at home to Babraham.
But new skipper Andy Weston (36) organised some late order resistance and Yaxley eventually posted a very respectable 179.
Lower order players Nick Rushton (30) and Matt Page (26) offered their skipper most support.
Rushton (2-22) also performed well with the ball. In Rushton, former Market Deeping skipper Nick Cowley and ex-notts youngster Stuart Brown at his disposal Weston has a slow-bowling attack who could wreak havoc at Lord’s never mind Middleton’s Road and they captured nine Babraham wickets between them as the visitors crumbled to 130 all-out.
Cowley (4-64) was the most successful and the most expensive.
Relief was the over-riding emotion in the Newborough camp as they picked up their first win of the season with a gritty success at Weston Colville,
It was hard work but 42 from Andrew Fitzgibbon and 38 from Ross Harris enabled Newborough to post 140 and a solid bowling display led by Nathan Pobega (3-22) ensured that was enough,
Alistair Greenwood and Andrew Gilbert each collected two wickets for Newborough.
RAMSEY: Pictured before beating Khalsa for their first win of the season are, from the left, back, Michael Cafferkey, Simon Cafferkey, Oliver Verrall, David Carlaw, Elliot Cafferkey, Damian Clarke, front, Sam Rippington, Mohammed Haroon, Taylor West, Elliot Smith, James Markland (METP-19-05-12AS110).