Two county players guided home Tucker Gardner Cambs League Division One leaders Wisbech Town CC to a seven-wicket win over Nassington on Saturday.
Cambs duo Alan Burton hit 61 not out off 108 balls and Gary Freear 62 not out off just 47 in an unbeaten partnership of 95.
Josh Bowers (28) had earlier put on a third-wicket stand of 62 with Burton at Harecroft Road.
Steady bowling and wicket-taking prevented the visitors from forming any huge partnerships when Nassington won the toss and decided to bat.
Nassington CC 1st XI 172 for 6 in 48 overs (Sam Rippington 10-2-44-1, Jack Hastings 0-27, G Freear 14-0-54-1, James Williams 8-2-17-3, Brad Apted 0-12, Simon Freear 0-12).
Wisbech Town CC 1st XI 174 for 3 in 37.4 overs (Andy Lane 6, Danny Haynes 5, Burton not out 61, Bowers 28, G Freear not out 62).
Even by England standards March’s batting collapse at Ramsey was astonishing, with nine wickets falling for 23 runs in 13 overs...and no Jimmy Anderson to rescue them!
The end result, a six wicket Tucker League defeat and a ‘double’ for Ramsey. That was after David Hodson’s 72 and Tommy Howgego’s 33 for 110-1 at drinks had set the game up nicely. Six batsmen got ‘ducks’.
The hosts lost four wickets in sealing victory in 26 overs, Chris Ringham taking 2-25.
A seriously depleted Sunday XI lost by nine wickets at high-flying Uppingham, in Rutland League Division 1.
Stephen Shaw scored 65 from March’s 94 all out. James Beresford took the token wicket in reply.
A dropped catch proved to be expensive as the 2nds lost to fellow strugglers Great Shelford by 15 runs in CCA Senior League Division 1 at The Avenue.
The error cost about 35 runs in the visitors’ total of 167-6, while Toby Nulty (48), John Wallis (30no) and Steve Hinson (26) replied in March’s 152-9.
The basement 3rds produced the shock of the day in CCA Junior League Division 3N – they defeated unbeaten leaders Haddenham by eight wickets.
Anthony Henson hammered 63 not out, as March chased down the visitors’ 159 all out.