Steve Seymour bagged a hat-trick on Sunday as March Crows’ two Australians fired them into to the final of the T20 Jaidka Cup.
Seymour (4-13 plus three catches) and fellow Aussie Stephen Shaw starred against Market Deeping Dragons in a 30-run semi-final victory.
The final is on Wednesday at 6pm at Bretton Gate, Peterborough against Royal Challengers Bournegalore (Bourne CC). March last won the trophy in 1999 and first won the event in 1990.
Previously the Crows beat The Peterborough Newflames and the Wisbech Wildcats (last year’s winners)
Scores: March Crows 151-5 in 20 overs (Stephen Shaw 74, James Fountain 26 not out).
Deeping Dragons 121 all out 17.5 overs (Seymour 4-13, Shaw 2-20).
March batted first and Stephen Shaw set off like a rocket - the first 50 runs coming up after just five overs.
Skipper’s verdict: “It was a terrific effort by everyone and two fantastic performances by the two Australians.”
Deeping were not happy with the ball March provided for their innings.
“It was a ‘two-piece’ ball which offered unnatural swing,” said Deeping skipper David Gillett.
March suffered their fourth Tucker League defeat of the season by five wickets at Waresley on Saturday.
Man of the Match Rob Moden put his indifferent second team batting form behind him to score 53, figuring in a sixth wicket stand of 88 runs with Ben Pyle (37) in the 190-9 total. Stephen Shaw continued his good form with 48.
The Aussie then opened the attack to take 3-52, with fellow left-armer James Harradine, 2-51. But having had the home side 40-4, two big partnerships meant Waresley won with six overs to spare.
Skipper Chris Ringham said: “We had them on the rack but couldn’t finish them off.”
The loss of three wickets in four balls was a contributing factor in the 2nds’ one-wicket defeat to Buntingford at The Avenue in CCA Senior League Division 1.
Skipper John Wallis was just one ball away from carrying his bat for 58 in March’s 138-8, Richard Green 26. Green took 3-33 as Buntingford recovered from 60-4 to edge home with 15 balls remaining. James Fountain bagged 3-34.
For the 3rd XI, an unbeaten 56 from Rob Conyard could not stave off a four-wicket defeat in CCA Junior League Division 3N to Bluntisham 2nd. Conyard figured in a partnership of 91 with Jamie Stimpson (41) in March’s 156-5.
Fifteen-year-old Conyard chalked up his highest score in adult cricket, when his unbeaten 72 helped March Sunday 2nds beat City of Ely by 58 runs in the Fenland Trophy.
* The annual March T20 match versus a David Softley XI will enter its 10th year on Friday, July 4. Play starts at 6pm and will be followed by a barbecue and disco. Tickets are £8 each.