Wisbech end unbeaten record of champions
Although they had to settle for the Cambs League runners-up spot, Wisbech Town CC claimed the unbeaten record of champions Godmanchester on the last day of the season.
The Fenmen won by 148 runs; however it looks like March Town have been relegated.
Wisbech opener Sam Albutt (119) hit his first century of the season and Josh Bowers 84 as Wisbech posted 287-7 in their 45 overs. The duo added 124 for the second wicket.
Godmanchester were hustled out for 139 in reply as Gary Freear and Paul Edgeller each took three wickets.
March lost by just one wicket at Waresley, but as it happens it wouldn’t have mattered as the Hares needed to leap-frog Saffron Walden 2nd XI, who beat Burwell 2nds by nine wickets.
James Harradine hit 72, his top-score of the season, in the March total of 194-7, with further batting contributions coming from Ash Vodnala (28), Toby Nulty (23), David Hodson (21) and Tyler Phillips (20no).
At 60-5, Waresley looked dead and buried. March decided to roll the dice by opening up the game in an attempt to win the contest, only for a sixth wicket stand of 98 to completely change things.
Chris Ringham and Stuart Mills both picked up three wickets – Ringham taking 3-45 and Mills 3-19, with Vodnala finishing with 2-28.
It means March’s 14-year stay in Division One comes to an end. The only chance March have of survival is if champions Godmanchester win the East Anglian Premier League Play-off Final.
The relegation from the EAPL of Saffron Walden has had a knock-on effect through the Cambs League as the club’s second team must now drop out of Division One, causing three teams to be relegated from Division Two, instead of the normal two.
Division One: Godmanchester lost to Wisbech by 148 runs
Wisbech 287-7 (S. Albutt 119, J. Bowers 84)
Godmanchester 139 (T. Aziz 37, G. Freear 3-21, P. Edgeller 3-37, B. Ellis 2-19, S. Rippington 2-39).
Waresley beat March by 1 wkt
March 194-7 (J. Harradine 72, A. Vodnala 28, T. Nulty 23, D. Hodson 21, T. Phillips 20).
Waresley 195-9 (Z. Ringrose 66no, S. Mills 3-19, C. Ringham 3-45).