March drop to fourth after another defeat

MARCH Town dropped to fourth place in the Cambs Tucker league title race after a third successive defeat by 112 runs against second placed Godmanchester on Saturday.

After leading the table for 11 weeks it now looks as their hopes of the championship are slipping away at the death as they trail leaders Ramsey by 12 points with two games left.

Godmanchester batted first and although there was glimmer of hope when Chris Ringham picked up an early wicket at 15-1 the home side. Matt Wilcox tried to bowl but it was not at full tilt and his five overs went for 30 and after the early loss Godmanchester were always comfortable as they amassed 251 for eight declared with Matt Pateman hitting a 101 not out and getting a call up for the county side. Ringham finished with 3-57 off 16 overs.

In reply March were never really in the hunt. Leading run-scorer Wilcox was bowled in the fifth over. Tom Howgego then made 26, with the impressive Carl Chapman scoring 56 in the all-out total of 139. Chapman hit seven boundaries and has made a massive contribution since returning to the club this season.

But once again five batsmen failed to trouble the scorer, which in itself tells a story, with teenager Tyler Phillips weighing in with 22 at nine.

A dejected Chris Ringham said: “We did not bowl or field well and even gave them 41 extras. They were always comfortable after losing the first wicket.

“We will keep going to the end of the season. Ramsey and Godmanchester play each other next week but in fourth place it does look difficult for us now.”

March seconds skipper John Wallis hit an unbeaten 82 – his highest score of the season – as they clinched the runners-up spot in CCA Senior League Division 1 by beating relegated Bluntisham by 47 runs.

Wallis and Dan Martell (26) put on 65 for the third wicket, with Richard Green hitting 20 in the 201-6 total. Off-spinner Green then picked up a 4-27 haul, with opening bowling Callum Young taking 3-19 in the home side’s all out total of 154.

A super effort by Jordan Morgan, who smashed 12 runs off the final three balls of the game, gave March thirds a thrilling two-wicket win over promotion-chasing Needingworth, at The Avenue.

It was the second final ball win in two weeks for the thirds in CCA Junior League 2A, with Morgan finishing the game with 4-2-6!

Jamie Stimpson had earlier rescued a 57-5 situation with back-to-back half-centuries. He made a terrific 82 - sharing in a seventh wicket stand of 94 with James Shepherd (32) in the winning 214-8 total.

Needingworth were pegged back back for the first of their 20 overs, but after drinks cut loose to post 210-7, with James Beresford picking up 4-28 late on in the innings.

Sunday’s games were abandoned.