Wisbech Town haven’t thrown in the towel on retaining their Tucker League title after demolishing March Town in a one-sided derby at The Avenue on Saturday.
The visitors won by eight wickets and are fourth in the table, 34 points behind leaders Ramsey who are odds-on to win with two games left.
Wisbech captain Alan Burton said: “It depends on how this weekend goes. If Ramsey don’t perform, who knows?”
Electing to bat first, the March top order was excised by Sam Rippington. Brothers Gary and Simon Freear then finished the innings with slow bowling as March ended on103 all out.
March’s man of the match opening batsman Tommy Howgego dug in with a top score of 42, with James Harradine adding 25.
In reply, Wisbech lost just two wickets as Danny Haynes played the anchor role with 29 not out off 85 balls, while James Williams (32 off 50) and Matt Esser (24 not out off 28) supplied the acceleration. Chris Peckett took a wicket with his first ball, before flying back to Australia.
Home skipper Chris Ringham said: “A shocking display, particularly for a local derby.”
On Saturday Wisbech entertain Cambridge NCI.
Scores: March 103 all out in 40.4 overs (T Howgego 42, S Shaw 19, J Harradine 25; B Apted 12-4-16-0, S Rippington 8-0-28-3, A Burton 8-0-23-1, G Freear 8.4-1-21-4, S Freear 4-0-13-2).
Wisbech 104 for 2 in 29.1 overs (A Lane 11, D Haynes not out 29, J Williams 32, M Esser not out 24; C Peckett 1-29, S Shaw 1-22).
March Sunday 1sts have been relegated from Rutland League Division 1, following a 175-run defeat by bottom club Barnack. Cambs professional Asim Butt hit 129 not out in Barnack’s 285-3. In reply, March made 110 all out.
A scratch 2nds beat second spot Fulbourn by 77 runs in CCA Senior League Division 1 to finish the season in fourth.
Steve Hinson cracked 72 and Anthony Henson 26 not out in 162-9. Richard Green 3-24 and Rob Tombs’ match-winning 4-20 meant the hosts were dismissed for just 85.
Sixteen-year-old Adam Conyard smashed 164 as March 3rds ended their CCA Junior League Division 3N season with a 98-run victory over Cambridge NCl 4th.
The No3 bat hit 27 boundaries at Doddington as March closed on 259-9, Andy Bryan returning with a stylish 41.
Teenagers Dan Waltham (4-10) and Will Curtis (3-22) reduced the visitors to 161-9.
Another centurion was 62-year-old opening batsman Dennis Furnell, who carried his bat for 102 in the 4ths’ eight wicket defeat to newly-promoted Needingworth 2nd. Ten-man March made 147-6.
l March’s end of season players’ party will be held in the pavilion on Saturday, following the final Tucker League home game against Waresley.