March collapse on damp wicket

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March 1st Xl contributed to their own downfall, losing six wickets in 36 minutes, as 2011 Tucker League champions Ramsey won by five wickets at The Avenue on Saturday.

March could only muster 101 on a wicket where water had seeped under temporary covers (due to a main cover having been damaged in the winter storms), having looked comfortable at 59-2.

Opener Chris Budd (14) was then bowled as the third, fourth and fifth wickets of the innings fell without another run being scored.

Aussies Steve Seymour (30) and Stephen Shaw (25) were the main scorers.

On a drying wicket, the visitors knocked the runs off in 32.3 overs.

Skipper Chris Ringham said: “It was a big toss to lose against a good side. An improved performance on last week.”

March will be forced into changes next Saturday at Warboys in the Tucker League because Toby Nulty broke his thumb while coaching and Rob Moden fractured his eye socket while fielding last week at Histon.

Both will be out for at least four weeks, while Callum Young is unavailable.

A depleted first team lost on Sunday by five wickets to Rutland League visiting champions Bourne.

March were hustled out for 80 inside 20 overs with skipper Ben Pyle’s 27 (including two sixes) the top innings. Openers David Hodson (18) and Stephen Shaw (16) put on 35 for the first wicket.

Bourne were 45-5 to Man of the Match Shaw (3-31) and James Beresford (2-27) while Josh Fox had two catches dropped.

Swing bowler Beresford picked up five wickets in a nail-biting two run 2nd Xl win at Bluntisham.

The left-arm helped dismiss the hosts for 117 in the 40-over friendly with figures of 5-15. Earlier Andy Wright had top scored with 22 in the March total of 119-9.

New boys Ramsey pipped the Sunday 2nd Xl by a single wicket after a 40-run final wicket partnership in the Fenland Trophy.

March 164-4 (Ashley Impey 30, Stephen Wallis 55no, Nathan Foad 20, Jacob Gray 36no). Ramsey 165-9 (Sam Clarke 3-40, Rob Conyard 4-25).

March held a quiz organised by committee member, Helen Foad, on Friday night to support the Three Day Sports Festival due on July 29/30/31. The winning team was the Jaguars: Farron Davis, Julie Larham, Julie Tyler, Andrew Larham and Martin Tyler.