Aussie rules as Wilcox helps inspire March

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There is just no stopping Australian Matt Wilcox as he produced another match-winning performance to help March Town to an easy win against high-flying Ramsey in the Cambs Tucker League on Saturday.

Tyler Phillips also played his part taking five wickets for 26 runs.

Wilcox once again opened the batting and, despite losing two partners in the very first over with Steve Hinson run out and Shardul Brahmbhatt bowled first ball, he went on to score 88 runs in the team’s total of 179 for five.

Rob Tombs helped the recovery with 21 along with James Harradine 38 not out and Carl Chapman scoring 15 runs off five balls.

After a break of about 40 minutes Wilcox was back in action again to open the bowling and soon had the top three Ramsey batsmen back in the clubhouse as he took three for 46 off 12 overs.

It was also a very good performance from the tall 16-year-old Phillips who was claiming his first five wicket haul for the club and looks destined for a bright future. Twice the member of the Cambridgeshire Emerging Players Scheme, he had the chance of a hat-trick as he ripped the middle order out of the visitors.

Ramsey were bowled out for just 120 in the 29th over which was no mean feat by March who were without their Cambridge University players Rob Woolley and Jivan Lotay plus Tom Howgego.

Skipper Chris Ringham said: “I was not a happy man at the end of the first over and even though we got to 179 I thought we needed 30-40 more runs. We had a chat at tea about the importance of getting early wickets and Wilcox did just that for us including their overseas player who has been scoring a lot of runs.

“It was fantastic effort by Wilcox who batted for about 40 overs and then bowled 12 overs straight off. But Tyler also played an important part with his five wickets. He has got so much potential and our hardest job will be hanging on to him. He is already playing for Cambs under 17 and Middlesex.”

“It was good to get straight back to winning ways.

“We face another tough game against St Ives next weekend but should have the University pair back then, but it will give us some selection headaches.”

It was a good day for the club on Saturday with the second and third teams both rattling off good wins.

A terrific fourth wicket stand of 119 by former Doddington players Ben Pyle and Dan Martell helped the seconds beat a strong Camden seconds by six wickets in CCA Senior League Division.

Pyle scored 58 and Martell remained unbeaten on 55, with Rob Cumming making 39 at the top of the order.

Opening the bowling, Pyle returned figures of 3-50, with his strike partner Stuart Arnold bowling superbly to concede just 31 runs off his 12 overs.

When they had finished the home side were 84-3 and then went to 99-6 before a sensible partnership of 80 runs put a good total on the board. The remaining wickets were shared with third team skipper Matt Hubbard taking 2-48 in Camden’s 193-7.

Fifteen-year-old Toby Nulty was again in very good form for the thirds as he claimed a hat-trick in a five-wicket display and James Hilliard hit a century, as they swamped CCA Junior League Division 2A leaders Pymoor by a massive 166-run margin at the Neale-Wade.

Stand-in skipper Hilliard’s 101 was the highlight of a 221-8 total, with newcomer Marcus Kirby unbeaten on 33.

Nulty then went to town, taking three consecutive wickets in his fourth over to return figures of five for 19, as Pymoor found themselves 33-7 off nine and then 55 all out after 18 overs.

On Sunday March firsts lost by 148 runs against the very strong Oundle side in Rutland League Division One. Oundle scored 279 for two which may have been nearer 320 but for some good March fielding.

Unfortunately the batting did not live up to the fielding and March were bowled out for 131.

March seconds suffered their third consecutive Fenland Trophy defeat against newcomers to the competition Witcham by eight wickets on Sunday.

They totalled 191-7 in their 40 overs. Opener Jake Beart struck an entertaining 41 while skipper Stephen Wallis added 58 not out to help the home side reach what they thought was a useful target. Youngsters Nathan Foad 26 and Toby Nulty 25 made useful contributions.

However, the visitors despite being pegged back by opening bowlers Matt Hubbard and Nulty in the first ten overs, scoring only 30, thereafter attacked a disappointing March bowling outfit to reach their target in the 32nd over.