March’s sparkling start to life in Tucker League Division Two ground to a halt on Saturday, when they lost at Saffron Walden 2nd by four wickets in a tight, low scoring game.
The two sides, who were both relegated last season, had their overs reduced because of a late start due to a wet outfield.
Skipper Tyler Phillips top-scored for his side with 25, but the Essex side eased home with 16 balls remaining.
March are now second, three points behind leaders St Ives.
Scores: March 140 all out, 45.3 overs (Tyler Phillips 25, Toby Nulty 21, Ben Pyle 16, Sam Freedman 16, Nathan Oliver 15no). Saffron Walden 2nd 141-6, 43.2 overs (Andy Wright 2-11, Matty Vail 1-21, Anthony Palmer 1-19, Toby Nulty 1-29, Sam Freedman 1-40).
Ten runs were needed off the final over – eight being scored.
Longstanton 167 all out (Chris Ringham 3-29, Stuart Arnold 3-34, Richard Green 2-19), March 2nd 166-8 (Steve Hinson 75, Chris Ringham 34).
The 3rd XI made it back-to-back victories when they took the local bragging rights in CCA Junior League Division 2N with a five wicket win over Chatteris 2nds.
Chatteris 2nd XI 114 all out (Adrian Bussey 4-22, Manuj Patel 2-26), March 3rd XI 115-5 (Ryan Wright 34no, Jacob Gray 25, Curtis Oldroyd 19).
A stunning fourth wicket stand of 105 between Brandon Phillips and Nathan Oliver was the highlight of the 1st XI’s long trip to Grantham, that ended in an eight wicket defeat in Rutland League Division 2.
Phillips hit 65 and is now the leading run scorer in the senior sides in his debut season.
League leaders Grantham stormed to victory – closing on 175-2.
March Sunday 172-6, 45 overs (Brandon Phillips 65, Nathan Oliver 38, Andy Wright 31no, Josh Fox 22no), Grantham 175-2, 28.3 overs (Josh Fox 1-27).
The 2nds lost for the first time this season, narrowly by five runs at the hands of Fenland Trophy newcomers Khalsa at The Avenue.
Khalsa 171-6, 40 overs, March 2nd 166 all out, 39.5 overs (Curtis Oldroyd 56, Geoff Kirby 24, Charlie Revell 20, Sam Mason 18no).
Wisbech are on a slide down the Cambs Division One table which continued with a six-wicket reverse at home to Histon.
County ace Gary Freear took 56 balls to score seven runs, to give an indication of a tricky Harecroft Road playing surface, as the home side struggled to 83 all out in 39 overs.
Scores: Wisbech lost to Histon by 6 wkts
Wisbech 83 (S. Rippington 23, J. Hargreaves 22). Histon 86-4.