Us­man in an ‘urry in nail-bit­ing vic­tory

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - By ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

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).

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