March and Wisbech cricketers off to stunning starts

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Both March CC and Wisbech CC won well after making ideal starts to the Cambs Tucker League cricket season.

Wisbech Town’s Aussie Jack Hargreaves cracked 51 on his Cambs League debut to help the Fenmen up to 230-8, while an unexpected star turn came from young Silas Mutubaki, a medium pacer who hadn’t taken a Division One wicket until he picked up a five-for at the cost of just 21 runs as Foxton slumped from 70-3 to 84 all out.

Experienced county off-spinner Gary Freear weighed in with 3-4 as the hosts won by 146 runs at Harecroft Road.

Earlier, Jamie Gollands hit 40 and wicketkeeper Josh Bowers 33.

In Division Two, rain, hail and a top-order batting collapse could not stop March winning by 30 runs.

Hero was No 8 batsman Toby Nulty, who helped rescue the 50-5 start with a highly competent 56 from the 198 all out total against visitors Sawston. Vice-skipper James Harradine also made a well struck 42, and Andrew Wright 21, during a game reduced by four overs per side.

Australian Sam Freedman continued his great start with the ball, as he picked up 3-47, with Ant Palmer 3-34, as Sawston were dismissed in 36.3 overs.

Teenager Curtis Oldroyd got his Sunday 2nd XI captaincy off to a flying start, when he scored his maiden century and secured his first victory, in a friendly fixture at Wimblington.

March won by 130 runs, with Oldroyd and Steve Coe sharing a three-figure third wicket stand and Charlie Conyard chalking up a career best 54 not out in the big total of 285.

Outdoor MTCC senior nets will continue to be held each Thursday (6pm-8pm).