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Apted sets up Wisbech home title showdown

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Cambs League Division One leaders Wisbech face a title showdown next weekend at Harecroft Road following another comfortable win.

On Saturday Wisbech, who hold a two-point lead, host Godmanchester; while champions and third-placed Ramsey were trounced by in-form Ketton by 90 runs.

Wisbech overcame Burwell seconds by 99 runs after posting 252-7 in 45 overs. Wicket-keeper Josh Bowers smashed 84 while dependable opener Sam Albutt hit 60.

Occasional bowler Bradley Apted, more known for his hockey exploits, bagged 4-23. This means the New Zealander has only bowled twice for the first team this season, but has totalled 8-36 from a mere nine overs.

March secured their second win of the season to claim a vital 25 points at Histon by 44 runs and they are now 20 points clear of the drop zone.

Kiwi man of the match Ash Vodnala opened the batting and scored 69 before taking 3-37 from 10.5 overs.

Early wickets for Tyler Phillips, Callum Young, with the help of some quick hands from Scott Welcher and a direct hit run out from David Hodson, left the visitors struggling on 12-3.

A superb one-handed, low, diving slip catch from Tommy Howgego helped Young (2-25 from his 12 overs) claim his second wicket. Chris Ringham returned from injury to claim 2-12 from 8 overs and narrowly missed out on a hat-trick as the ball went over the top of the stumps.

Toby Nulty claimed a catch at short-leg off Vodnala to end a 12-over partnership and secure a first home win of the season.

Scores, Division One

March beat Histon by 44 runs

March 166-8 (A. Vodnala 69). Histon 122 (A. Vodnala 3-37, C. Ringham 2-12, C. Young 2-25).

Wisbech beat Burwell 2nds by 99 runs

Wisbech 252-7 (J. Bowers 84, S. Albutt 60, T. Meyrick 20).

Burwell 153 (B. Apted 4-23, P. Edgeller 3-39, T. Meyrick 2-8).

n A March midweek XI enjoyed an exciting last-ball one-wicket victory on Thursday at the Avenue against the Reds Cricket Club from Melbourne, Australia, thanks to a sparkling performance by 16 year old Sam Clarke.

In response to the touring side’s 148/6 in their 40 overs the hosts tumbled to 92/8 until Clarke struck a powerful 66 not out off only 64 balls, scoring the required two runs off the last ball of the innings.

Sam had earlier taken 2-7. Toby Nulty and Andrew Wright took two wickets each.

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