Cambs’ last shot at Minor Counties glory in 2015 ended with defeat in the Unicorns Twenty/20 competition against Beds on Sunday.
Out of the one-day competition at the group stage and having lost their opening two Eastern Division Championship fixtures, Cambs were desperate to keep their season alive with victory in a play-off game at Cople CC, but the home side cruised to a 42-run win to reach finals day next month.
Beds rattled up 162-5 in their 20 overs and then restricted Cambs to 120-8. Peterborough Town skipper Lewis Bruce top scored for Cambs with 30 (one six, one four), but he batted too low to make a difference.
Cambs were hit by the late withdrawal of Town opener Asim Butt because of family commitments and were 36-4 early in their innings.
Ramsey’s Michael Cafferkey struck two boundaries in his 11, Ketton’s Rob Woolley and Ben Bryant made 16 & 7 respectively while Town’s Joe Dawborn finished unbeaten on 20. In-form skipper Paul McMahon was caught on the boundary for 3.
Bruce took 1-28 from his four overs. Cafferkey, Dawborn and Wisbech seamer Sam Rippington also took a wicket apiece.
Tom Young (Peterborough Town) and Josh Bowers and James Williams (Wisbech) were also in the Cambs team.
Beds 162-5 (A. Reynoldson 54, J. Middlebrook 49).
Cambs 120-8 (L. Bruce 30, J. Dawborn 20no).