March almost chase down the champions

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MARCH Town fell just short of completing a thrilling run chase in the final over when Cambs Tucker League champions Camden visited The Avenue on Saturday.

Pursuing 260 all out, March ended with 254-7, and March skipper Chris Ringham said afterwards: “It was a massive score to chase down, and to get into that position was good. To fall short in the final over felt like a defeat, but we got a maximum 12 points you can get for gaining a draw.

“The way we were going, we looked odds-on to get it. But we lost three wickets in the final few overs and they had an experienced bowler bowling the final over who restricted us to five runs.

“It’s difficult when there’s no fielding restrictions. They had eight on the boundary, and when you get down to numbers 6, 7 and 8 batsmen who haven’t batted much this season, it’s difficult to score at a run-a-ball then two runs a ball.

“It was not a bad effort as they were unbeaten last season and the umpires were quite impressed with the standard. Three of our players had really good games.”

The 19-year-old Aussie Matt Wilcox completed his second half-century in two games.

Wilcox 59 and Rob Woolley 37 put on 94 for the first wicket. Shardul Brahmbhatt added 59 after he took 5-75 and Jivan Lotay remained 70 not out. March lost their seventh wicket off the last ball to give Camden 14 points.

Earlier, Wilcox captured 3-32 and Lotay 2-59 took the first two scalps in the visitors’ tough target.

On Saturday March travel to Sawston without Brahmbhatt and Matty Vail.

James Harradine agonisingly missed his maiden club century when he was caught on 99 in the 2nd Xl’s convincing win at Sawston 2nd Xl.

March compiled 229-6 in their 40 overs, with Harradine hitting 20 boundaries. Ben Pyle added 38 not out and skipper John Wallis 34.

Sawston were dismissed for 121 with Stuart Arnold, picking a ball up for the first time this year, taking 6-19 off eight overs.

The 1st Xl went down by 74 runs at Peterborough Town on Sunday in Rutland League Division 1. The home side made 242-5, with March all out for 168.

l March are looking for a scorer for their Sunday 2nd XI side whose first game is this Sunday at home to Somersham. Training will be provided. Contact Stephen Wallis on 07917 191177 or 01354 656590.

l MARCH Town Cricket Club host a vice presidents, sponsors and members ‘Cheese and Wine Evening’ on Friday at 7.30pm.

More details from the club on 01354 652029 or log on to www.marchtowncricket.com

l Welney Cricket Club are looking for a few more players for their Sunday friendly team, which plays 40 over matches. Any age or standard, currently players are aged 13 to 77.

Good facilities with sightscreens, covers, electronic scoreboard and nets. Please phone Tony on 01223 312373.