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March cricket 1st v Camden at The Avenue, March. Tommy Howgego is out stumped by the keeper.
March cricket 1st v Camden at The Avenue, March. Tommy Howgego is out stumped by the keeper.
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Both local Cambs Tucker League cricket teams, Wisbech Town and March Town, began their seasons with resounding victories on Saturday.

Wisbech won by 78 runs at Waresley and hosts March dispatched Camden by 44 runs.

March cricket 1st v Camden at The Avenue, March. Matty Vail is caught out.

March cricket 1st v Camden at The Avenue, March. Matty Vail is caught out.

Wisbech Town had the luxury of making a declaration on 228-5. New skipper Alan Burton made the ideal start to his reign with an unbeaten 90, fellow new player Josh Bowers made 53 and Gary Freear 53.

Waresley were dismissed for 150 with new Kiwi overseas bowler Bradley Perrett taking 1-34 on debut. Jack Hastings bagged 3-31, Gary Freear 3-46, Matthew Parrin 2-19 and a run out completing a good day with more than seven overs to spare for the Harecroft Road side.

Wisbech Town senior player and county batsman Gary Freear said: “We declared three overs early to give ourselves an extra few overs to bowl them out, but we didn’t need them.

“It’s a pretty good start with 25 points on the board, as many as we could get, so it’s a good start.”

Wisbech Town next Saturday entertain Nassington.

March posted 135 all out after a solid beginning when they reached 80-1 but suffered a collapse. Tyler Phillips (27) and Andy Wright then put on 40 runs in a partnership which March Town skipper Chris Ringham said proved to be the difference between the two sides.

Tommy Howgego hit 33 and Shardul Brambhatt 29, and Brambhatt was the chief wicket-taker with 4-19 as Camden themselves collapsed from 40 for no loss to 91 all out.

Aussie import Steve Seymour bagged 3-18 and Phillips 2-13, the latter making the crucial double breakthrough in his sixth and seventh overs before being taken off due to his age.

Ringham said of his side’s low-scoring: “The pitch played well, it was to do with our lack of practice: we hadn’t managed to get all the friendlies we wanted. It’s a different game out in the middle. We hope to get past 200 in our next game.

“The win proved that we can challenge anyone in the league.”

March Town next Saturday travel to promoted side Cambs NCI. The 2nd Xl match at Bluntisham was cancelled due to Bluntisham’s ground not being fit for cricket. The 2nds play City of Elynext Saturday.