Andy Wright hit his maiden Tucker League half-century as March Town’s last pair rescued a draw against relegation-threatened St Ives on Saturday.
Coming in at No8, Wright was unbeaten on 57, having put on 61 runs for the ninth wicket with wicketkeeper John Gilson (16). March slumped to 55-8 and finished on 127-9 in response to the home side’s 156-9.
Captain Chris Ringham said: “The only way is up after last week’s loss. We scraped a draw but it’s better than a defeat.
“I’ve never seen a pitch like it, there wasn’t a blade of grass on it.
“St Ives had Paul Swannell (4-16 off 16 overs), the Cambs spinner, and he was unplayable.
“He bowled his overs straight through and we picked up runs off the change bowlers.”
Ringham praised Callum Young who was called up from the Seconds on Saturday morning, bagging 3-62 off 16 overs, with Tyler Phillips picking up 2-27 off 14.
Matty Vail and Josh Jackman managed direct hit run outs.
Next Saturday March host Sawston.
Third team skipper Matt Hubbard’s four wicket haul was the highlight of a good fielding display for the 2nds, who crashed by 131 runs against CCA Senior League Division 1 champions elect, Burwell.
With his own game cancelled, Hubbard took an impressive 4-25, that included the prized scalp of visiting skipper Paul Redfarn.
Toby Nulty bowled with aggression for his 2-31 in the 207-8 total.
With an opening bowler of East Anglian League experience leading the attack, Burwell dismissed March for 76, Nulty top-scoring with 20.
Pymoor failed to raise a side for the 3rd XI’s CCA Junior League Division 2N game.
The 4th Xl lost by six wickets away to Ely 2nd XI in CCA Division 4N. March totalled 118 all out and the home side 122-4.