March duo’s 50s are not enough for victory

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March Town’s Carl Chapman and James Harradine hit half-centuries in a narrow 18-run defeat against Tucker League title contenders Ramsey at The Avenue on Saturday.

The pair came together at 16-4, with Chapman scoring 55 and his partner 53 as they put on 83 for the fifth wicket in reply to Ramsey’s 166. March finished on 148 all out on a green track.

Earlier Harradine took 3-36 from his slow left-armers and Steve Seymour 4-50. However March again conceded 30 extras, 19 more than Ramsey.

March skipper Chris Ringham, said: “We’re quite short next week at Godmanchester: Carl Chapman, Josh Jackman, Matty Vail and Andy Wright are missing. We’ll just struggle through.”

The 2nds are threatened with relegation from CCA Senior League Division 1 after being thumped by 108 runs at fellow strugglers Great Shelford.

They compiled 143 thanks to Stuart Mills (32) and Toby Nulty (30), in reply to the home side’s 251-9 (Brian Tombs 4-48).

The 3rd Xl were skittled for just 28 runs at high-flying Little Downham and are in serious trouble in CCA Junior League Division 2N.

No-one managed double figures in response to the home side’s 155-8, with Barrie Carter taking 3-12 and Greg Short and skipper Matt Hubbard both bagging a 
brace.

Josh Watson crashed a brilliant 87 but still ended up on the losing side as the 4ths were beaten by 121 runs in CCA Junior League Division 4N as visitors Bluntisham 2nd hit 270-3.

March finished with a creditable 149-8.

A nap hand haul from Matt Hubbard helped the Sunday 2nds waltz into the final of the Ernie Wool Cup by five wickets versus Wimblington at The Avenue.

Hubbard finished with 5-9 off eight overs and left-arm seamer James Beresford 4-6 as the visitors went from 43-0 to 83 all out.

In reply March also produced an opening stand of 43 thanks to Ashley Impey’s 30 but lost five wickets in reaching their target with Pat Ringham unbeaten on 19.