Cambs close-in on first Minor Counties win of 2015

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Cambridgeshire need four Suffolk wickets at March Town CC today (Tuesday) to wrap up their first Minor Counties Championship win of the season.

The visitors require 142 runs for victory in this Eastern Division contest after being set a target of 357. They closed the second day on 213-6 with opener Nick Poole still at the crease on 72.

Cambs skipper Paul McMahon, a Peterborough Town professional, has taken 3-49 in the second Suffolk innings. First innings destroyers Joe Dawborn and Sam Rippington have one wicket apiece.

Peterborough Town’s other professional Asim Butt clubbed 50 from just 39 balls (nine fours) as Cambs amassed 179 in their second innings and there was a first Minor Counties half century for Dan Robinson of Nassington who was finally dismissed for 65.

Suffolk had been shot out for just 45 in 20 overs in their first innings to surrender a 175-run lead.

Peterborough Town’s Dawborn (5-21) and Rippington of Wisbech (4-18) ripped through the visitors batting line-up with a glorious display of swing and seam bowling. James Williams of Wisbech collected the other Suffolk wicket.

There was no sign of the carnage to come when Cambs reached 220 first time around. Ben Howgego (52) top scored while Butt (39), Peterborough Town skipper Lewis Bruce (37) and Robinson (27) also made useful contributions.

The match resumes at 11am today.

Scores

Cambs 220 (B. Howgego 52, A. Butt 39, L. Bruce 37, D. Robinson 27, T. Huggins 7-38) & 175 (D. Robinson 65, A. Butt 50, J. Dwaborn 20no).

Suffolk 45 (J. Dawborn 5-21, S. Rippington 4-18) & 213-6 (N. Poole 72no, P. McMahon 3-49(