Cricket round-up: Burwell are beaten while Wilburton close in on promotion

Colin Vowden bowling for Burwell 2nds.

Colin Vowden bowling for Burwell 2nds. - Credit: Archant

Burwell’s two match winning streak was brought to an ubrupt end last weekend as they were comprehensively beaten by Woolpit.

Mid-table Burwell slipped to a seven wicket defeat in a low scoring affair, with Joseph Tetley only managing to notch 39 as Burwell clocked up 175.

Burwell also struggled with the ball, with Josh Arksey’s 1-40 the highlight as Woolpit made short work of eclipsing their total.

Burwell 2nds were also on the end of a defeat; slipping to a 98-run loss to Godmanchester.

Merrick Fuller helped himself to two wickets for 34 runs as the Hunts side amassed 261, with Josh Vowden’s 31 the only real sign of resistance from Burwell with the bat.

Fordham’s Tucker League status will be decided on the final game of the season after they went down by four wickets to Kimbolton.

The East Cambs side were pipped in the last over after starting in a strong position at 95-3 from 24 overs.

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Ian Baldwin was defiant throughout with 61 not out and there was support from Gareth Summerskill (25), Mark Abbott (24) and Matt Foulds (23). Fordham made a very respectable 208-9 with Gilthorpe taking 3-29.

Fordham fought hard with the ball and in the field as wickets began to tumble but the hosts had just enough in hand to win with five balls to spare, meaning Fordham have to beat Cambridge Granta on Saturday if they are to defy the drop.

Doomed City of Ely were put to the sword by a swashbuckling Needingworth side in the Senior League Two.

Relegation-bound Ely were hammered by nine wickets, with Paul Henman hitting 45 and Richard Vincett striking 43 of Ely’s 151.

Harvey Cook took the only Needingworth wicket as they easily reached their total.

Ely will join Fordham 2nds in the Senior League Three, who enjoyed a more fruitful afternoon after they scored a mammoth 307 for 4 to defeat Cokenach by 104 runs.

Gav Harding (84) and Andy Barker (79) were Fordham’s top scorers with Mark Barton taking four wickets and Clint Cornwell and Graham Arnold two apiece in the hosts reply of 203-8.

Wilburton edged closer to a return to the Senior League after a 20-run success over Milton in the Junior Division One North.

Jake Bartolozzi hit 36 and Tom Walker struck 32 to help the East Cambs side to 218-8, but Milton looked to be in good stead after reaching 102-2 after 20 overs.

However, Wilburton showed why they are promotion candidates by taking three wickets for nine runs and ending the Milton challenge.

Wilburton will seal promotion with a win against Over on Saturday.

Littleport Town boosted their slim chances of dodging the drop with a 107-run triumph against Over in the same division, and Sutton were the latest side to fall to league-toppers Cherry Hinton, who beat them by three wickets.

In the Junior Division Three North, Witcham continued their fine recent form with another win; this time over Willingham.

Nigel Pate extended his purple patch with another knock of 69, with Hugh Lawrence also impressing with 65 as Witcham reached 227-8.

Jamie Lawrence then starred with the ball with 4-29 as Willingham were sent back to the pavilion for just 147.