March’s 37-run victory over leaders Wisbech on Saturday has left them with local cricket bragging rights, but more importantly it has blown the Tucker League title race wide open.
The new TuckerGardner Premier League Division One leaders are Ramsey on 212 points, Wisbech are now down to second on 207, while March are in third on 175.
March set a mediocre 146 target at Harecroft Road (Jack Hastings 4-42, Gary Freear 4-28, Brad Perrett 2-47) but Wisbech were skittled for 109, Aussie all-rounder Steve Seymour starring with 5-34 and away captain Chris Ringham 3-30.
Wisbech skipper Alan Burton and Freear top scored for the hosts with just 18 each, while Hastings added a defiant 16 down the order.
Ringham said there were two key moments: Rob Moden (50) – promoted from the Seconds – hanging in there and scoring his maiden Tucker League half-century at number four; plus holding some big catches early in the Wisbech innings. He also praised Andrew Wright at number nine who scored an invaluable 26.
Ringham remarked: “It was unbelievable. I’m still trying to work out how we won.
“We wanted to try and score at least 200 as we thought 220 would be very competitive.
“I think we were 38-5 at one stage. It gave us something at bowl at.
“Steve and myself picked up some big early wickets of Alan Burton and Gary Freear. Andrew Wright took a wicket with his first ball and Tyler Phillips bowled well.
“Rob took three good catches in the slips. They say they win matches, and it proved itself.”
Wisbech skipper Alan Burton said: “We definitely thought the target was gettable but Rob batted well.
“We were quite confident we’d get the runs. We just didn’t bat very well – it was a bad day at the office.
“They bowled pretty well and we were never at the races. To be honest, it has brought us back to reality. I am sure we will bounce back..”
At the start of the match a minute’s silence was observed for bowling legend Trevor Morely, who played for both local clubs in the 1970s. The two local sides again clash at The Avenue on September 14.
March go away to Camden next Saturday without Tyler Phillips, who is on holiday. They are waiting on the fitness of Rob Moden, who tweaked his knee ligaments during the Wisbech derby.
All-rounder James Williams returns next week for Wisbech at home to Waresley.