Heavy defeat puts dampener on promising start

March 4ths v Wisbech 4ths Cricket action'Harrison Smith
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MARCH Town certainly do not relish damp wickets as they fell to a heavy nine-wicket defeat against Sawston in the Cambs Tucker League and the club’s four teams produced just one win on Saturday.

On a very damp wicket, the toss was always going to be important to win and Sawston guessed right and put March into bat.

Opener Tommy Howgego top scored with 21 but lost quick partners in Carl Chapman and John Gilson as March slumped to 53 for five.

Ryan Meyer 14, James Harradine 15 and Steve Hinson 16 showed some resilience but March’s total of just 96 was never going to be enough to bowl at.

Sawston had few problems collecting the runs required and had 37 on the board before Chris Ringham took a wicket and then they added another 60 runs without loss.

It was a big setback after the previous week’s win and Ringham said: “It was a big toss to lose on a damp wicket but we did not really apply ourselves well enough.

“The conditions were no real excuse and I can only hope it was a one-off poor performance.”

March seconds were just as disappointing when they lost by 63 runs in their opening CCA Senior League Division One game to Horseheath by 63 runs at The Avenue.

Horseheath scored 172-8 with two of the March elder statesmen Richard Green taking four for 40 and Stuart Arnold taking two for 35. March struggled from the outset in reply with former skipper John Wallis hitting 21 as they slumped to 57 for five and finally 109 all out.

March thirds lost by 45 runs at Sutton in their first CCA Junior League Division 2A game.

Sutton were struggling at 76 for eight only for the tailenders to push that total to a more respectable 115 for nine.

March were bowled out for 70 with Scott Welcher 30 and Jamie Stimpson 15 putting on 44 for the fourth wicket and giving their side great hope before a collapse.

March fourths managed to halt a whitewash for the club with an impressive 10-wicket win in the local derby against Wisbech 4ths at the Neale Wade, in CCA Junior League 4A.

Vice-captain Manuj Patel and former skipper Glen Hulley both picked up three wickets as the visitors were bowled out for just 73. Dennis Furnell 44no and Patel 18no then knocked off the runs in 18 overs to complete successive wins for the team.

On Sunday March firsts fared a lot better with a 10-run win against Uppingham in Rutland Division One.

March scored 185 all out after Ryan Meyer 54 and David Hodson 51 off 50 balls had put on 89 runs for the first wicket.

Uppingham were floundering at 47 for four with Ringham and Stu Mills picking up two wickets apiece but then the home side recovered and then were 10 runs short after Ringham picked up two more wickets to finish with 4-23, Meyer 2-37 and Mills 2-53, Andy Wright 2-38.

March seconds won their opening game of the season in the Fenland Trophy defeating Witcham by seven wickets, thanks to their young all rounder Toby Nulty who took 4-12 in his eight overs and then struck an undefeated 28 in 24 minutes at the crease.

He was supported with the ball by opening bowler Sam Mason and 15 year old Ashley Payne, who both took two wickets, as the visitors were dismissed for 81 in 35 overs.

The young March side wobbled in reply, at one stage being 38-3, but opener Nathan Oliver played an assured 25 not out and along with Nulty added an unbroken 44 for the fourth wicket to secure victory in the 20th over.