Chatteris reach cup final

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Chatteris beat neighbours March Sunday 2nd XI by 86 runs to reach the Ernie Wool Cup Final.

The home side set the tone with a century opening stand – finishing on a massive 253-4.

Chatteris skipper Connor Morton completed his half-century and Oli Bailey (grandson of Chatteris sporting legend Johnny Bailey) carried his bat for a magnificent 149.

James Moon, Adam Conyard and Charlie Conyard all took one wicket apiece, although the pick of the March bowlers was Sam Mason, who kept a good line and length.

March made a positive reply with Man of the Match, vice-captain Stephen Wallis, scoring a fine 63 at the top of the order and teenagers Adam Conyard and Curtis Oldroyd adding 34 and 30 not out respectively.

Chatteris produced their worst batting display of the season to lose by 31 runs on Saturday.

Chatteris won the toss and elected to bowl on a suspect wicket. Another good display meant that Cottenham were bowled out for 96 having been 47-1. Once again it was the spin duo of Peter Munns (3-25) and S. Thomas (4-27) who did the majority of the damage, with the other wickets going to A. Wool (1-15) and K. Cunningham (1-20).

Chatteris were confident in chasing the 96 total, but a complete disaster with the bat meant that they were bowled out for an embarrassing 65 in 26 overs with only K. Cunningham (12) and Munns (21) making double figures.

Captain Ant Palmer said: “There is not much I can say as I wasn’t playing in the match.

“Sometimes you have days like that and you just need to forget about them and move on. We have three games to play and I would like to end the season on a high.

“When you can’t go up or down it is sometimes difficult to get players motivated for matches but I would certainly hope that my players want to win every match, as I know I certainly do!”

Next weekend Chatteris host Godolphin and the 2nd XI are away against Wimblington.