Wheat stamps his mark on Bears as Cas­tor close in on ti­tle

Cricket - Ta­ble-top­pers keep win­ning

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @PTAlanSwann

Cas­tor CC are clos­ing in on a re­turn to Cambs League cricket. The Port Lane play­ers are six points clear at the top of HuntsDivi­sionOne with­three gamesto­goafterend­ing­th­eti­tle chal­lenge of Burgh­ley Park Bears in style last week­end.

Cas­tor beat Burgh­ley by 54 runs thanks mainly to a ter­rific all-round dis­play from Mark Wheat and a run-a-ball in­nings of 85 from skip­per Reece Smith.

Wheat­made101an­dadded 156 for the fourth wicket with his cap­tain as Cas­tor amassed 275-6 in their 45 overs.

Burgh­ley l ooked good whenHen­ryCharl­ton(78) and Gareth Hook (56) were pil­ing on the runs, but Wheat dis­missed the for­mer on his way to 3-17 from six overs and the visi­tors even­tu­ally closed well short on 221-9.

Cas­tor’s sole ri­vals for the ti­tle and pro­mo­tion are now Ram­sey sec­onds and ‘ the Rams’will jump­to­thetopthis Satur­day if they beat Southill Park at Crick­et­field Lane as Cas­tor are with­out a fix­ture.

The­crunch­match­will­take place on Septem­ber 3 when Cas­tor host Ram­sey at Port Lane.

Ram­sey­firstXIhaveno­tyet given up on a Cambs Di­vi­sion Oneti­tle suc­cess af­ter­cap­tain Michael Caf­fer­key reg­is­tered his sec­ond suc­ces­sive ton in a 60-run win over Ea­ton So­con.

Caf­fer­key scored 104 of his side’s 185 all-out and the win lifted Ram­sey into sec­ond place, al­beit well be­hind lead­ers Fox­ton.

Ram­sey­haveatrick­ygame at Saf­fron Walden on Satur­day, when Fox­ton will be at home to Ket­ton.

The Rut­land Di­vi­sion One ti­tle race­was­blown­wideopen last week­end when lead­ers Bourne paid the penalty flor trav­el­ling with nine men to Wis­bech.

The home side won by 80 run­sthanksin­part­to­half­cen­turies from Jack Har­g­reaves. Do­minicS­tan­nar­dandDanny Haynes.

Wis­bech are sec­ond in the ta­ble, just ahead of Nass­ing­ton, and the teams meet at Fotheringay Road on Sun­day.

Nass­ing­ton kept in touch at the top with a 54-run win at Bar­nack. Adam McDer­mott cracked 56 for the win­ners.

Mark Wheat was in great form for Cas­tor against Burgh­ley Park.

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