Frustration as rain brings March draw

March Town had a rain-affected draw on Saturday at promoted side Cambs NCI after a two-hour break had delayed play when just three overs had gone.

Opening bat David Hodson hit 92, his best Cambs Tucker League score, and Australian Steve Seymour 72 for March, who posted 240-8 in 48 overs.

NCI had a target of 126 off 25 overs under the rain rules, as well as taking a four-wicket penalty, but they closed on 88-3. Tyler Phillips, Seymour and Shardul Brambhatt took a wicket each.

March skipper Chris Ringham said: “They didn’t want to lose the game, which is their choice. We were disappointed we could not get six wickets. The trouble is the pitch was so wet it wasn’t doing very much.”

He added on the rain rule: “The trouble is no-one knows how exactly it works. The umpires couldn’t give me any definitive answers.

“The way it works is it counts back from 7.30pm, although we didn’t finish until nearly 8. One shower and we would have been off.

“The lads were joking that we would be off for bad light! We got 10 points as opposed to five for a rain-off.

“We have had games like that when it has gone in our favour – this time it has gone against us.”

March are at home to Waresley – who Wisbech beat on the first day of the season – next weekend and returning and available for selection will be Ben Pyle. James Harradine and Jon Gilson.

An unbeaten 46 from skipper John Wallis helped steer the 2nd Xl to a four-wicket victory in the annual friendly against City of Ely at The Avenue.

March made 141-6 (Nathan Oliver 21 and 15-year-old Josh Fox a brisk 19) in reply to 10-man Ely’s 140 all out. Oliver took 3-6, Fox 2-32 and veteran Stuart Arnold 1-8 off nine overs.