March keep heading in the right direction

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MARCH Town won their 10th game of the season at Sawston to take 25 points and now hold a 27-point lead over Godmanchester at the top of the Cambs Tucker Premier Division.

But skipper Chris Ringham reflected: “It was perhaps a game we should not have won. But as they say in football it is the sign of a good side when you win and do not play well.”

March were put into bat and got off to a very good start with Matt Wilcox 58 and Tom Howgego 34 putting on 66 for the first wicket in 15 overs.

They were 94-1 after 18 overs but things went off course then.

Only James Harradine 33 not out could cope with the Sawston bowling and March, with the last five batsmen only mustering 14 runs between them, were all out for 165 in the 46th over.

Sawston made a bright start and looked comfortable at 37 for no wicket after 11 overs when Wilcox made the breakthrough. Then Ringham followed up with two wickets in the next over and Sawston were now 40 for three.

Stuart Mills then produced a very good nine overs with 5-29 and Callum Young (up from the seconds) took two for 21 off seven overs. Sawston were all out for 138 to give March victory by 28 runs.

Ringham said: “It was a good wicket and I thought we could get around 200. We started well but then Sawston bowled well and there were a couple of low deliveries and we only reached 165.

“I managed to get two wickets in one over with two poor deliveries but it helped us get back on top. Then Callum and Stuart both bowled well. It is great to get the 25 points as no one can cut back our lead.

“We play Foxton and Ramsey in the next two weeks which look difficult games but we are heading in the right direction at the moment and ticking the games off.”

Stuart Arnold almost cried off with a bad back on the morning of the match, but a five-wicket haul was just what the doctor ordered as March seconds beat bottom club Horseheath by five wickets in CCA Senior League Division 1.

The home side decided to bat first on a damp track and were shot out by Arnold, who conceded just the single from his eight overs. Richard Green took three wickets and James Beresford two in the 47 all out rout.

The visitors had a huge scare early on as three of their top four were back in the pavilion with just five runs to their name. Fortunately, in-form batsman-wicketkeeper David Hodson hit an unbeaten 25 in the winning total of 48-5. That keeps March in third place.