Gr-eight display is Wilcox’s best return

Wisbech 1st v March 1st cricket action'Matt Wilcox
Wisbech 1st v March 1st cricket action'Matt Wilcox
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Overseas player Matt Wilcox bagged eight wickets for 27 runs to better his best bowling return on these shores just as March Town triumphed at Medbourne by 117 runs in the Rutland League Division 1.

Aussie Wilcox, who had taken seven for 29 a week previously, demolished the Medbourne reply as March won by a massive margin on Sunday.

Wilcox snared the first Medbourne wicket before Callum Young 2-27 took the next two scalps.

But it was all Wilcox from there as his full analysis was 11.5-3-27-8, blowing away the next seven wickets.

Medbourne won the toss and decided to bowl. March posted 199 in their 45 overs which seemed competitive given the wet and overcast weekend weather. Wilcox hit 25, James Hilliard top-scored with 79, Robert Tombs 11, Stuart Mills 15 and last man Callum Young a useful 13 not out.

Medbourne lost wickets early and regularly under the onslaught of Wilcox, who bowled six of his victims. The hosts were never in the hunt before they were skittled in 23.5 overs for 82.

March seconds won their 40-over friendly at the Avenue on Sunday with seven overs to spare thanks to a 51-run undefeated partnership by James Beresford 32 not out and David Russell 21 not out.

At 81-6 in reply to visitors Leverington’s score of 134-5, March looked in difficulty, but the hard hitting Beresford struck two sixes and three fours to lead the home side to their fourth consecutive Sunday victory.

March had started well with openers openers Jake Beart (16) and Nathan Foad (19) adding 36 for the first wicket before wickets tumbled to leave them in a difficult position.

Earlier March had restricted Leverington to 134 in their 40 overs with the wickets being shared by youngsters Toby Nulty, Ashley Payne and experienced medium pacer Matt Hubbard, who all took 1 wicket, while 15 year old debutant, Jacob Brown took 2 wickets.

Leaders March Town’s potentially tricky Cambs Tucker League Division 1 game at Camden was abandoned without a ball bowled, but skipper Chris Ringham is not too worried.

There was no play on Saturday in the entire Cambs Tucker League as a result of the weather.

Ringham said: “It was a bit frustrating as apparently Camden had a few injuries, but we’ve been a bit lucky with the weather in the last couple of weeks.

“I’m ticking off the fixtures one by one. We’re now two games into the second half of the season and we have got a cushion at the top.”

All March’s games fell victim to the rain. The fourth team enjoyed a stroke of luck in topping CCA Junior League Division 5A.

They were due to play Histon thirds at the Neale-Wade, only for the visitors to say they could not raise a side during the morning, thus forfeiting the game. One look outside the window and Histon could easily have gambled on a rain-off.

The firsts host Sawston on Saturday, and Ringham is cautious: “They will all be hard games during the run-in,” he commented.

“We can’t be complacent against anyone as all the teams have got good players who are capable of beating anyone.”