March secure third place finish

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MARCH Town won their final Cambs Tucker League match of the season by 94 runs versus Khalsa at home to seal third spot in Division 1.

Their victory means they leapfrogged Godmanchester – who lost to Nassington by two wickets on the final day – by just two points to finish on a tally of 354, but March were a long way off the top two.

March skipper Chris Ringham said: “I would have taken that at the start, but it was disappointing after having been top for so long.

“Everyone is available for next year, and we need one or two fresh faces. We had Shardul Brahmbhatt and Rob Tombs back in the side.

“It was a good finish from a batting point of view – we haven’t done it enough.

“It’s good to have Shardul back in the side as he both bats and bowls. He had to go back to India for family reasons and missed four weeks.”

Brahmbhatt 76 and Matt Wilcox hit 21 off the first over in an opening stand of 64 against a team who had just eight fielders at the beginning. Brahmbhatt and Carl Chapman 47 compiled 94 for the second wicket.

Following a middle-order collapse teenager Tyler Phillips at number eight added 34 as the hosts declared at a total of 247-9.

Ringham’s three wickets gave him 50 for the season for the first time and others chipped in with a wicket each as Khalsa were dismissed for 153.

He added: “After coming off four losses we had a chat before the game that for the people who turned up to watch us week in and week out, especially at home, we wanted to put on a performance, and I hope we achieved that.

“We felt they were understrength. Stuart Mills had to go to hospital for a scan after turning his ankle.”

The Sunday 1st Xl completed their Rutland League Division 1 campaign with a three wicket victory over Barnack.

Stand-in skipper Stuart Mills took the prize scalp of Peterborough Town batsman Asim Butt for 36.

Mills grabbed 3-25, and off-spinner Richard Green bagged 4-20.

That enabled March to dismiss the visitors for 183.

The middle order batsmen knuckled down after Tommy Howgego had made 22 out of 43-3. Tyler Phillips was just two runs shy of his maiden half-century for the club and was assisted by Josh Jackman (29) for the fourth wicket and by Scott Welcher 45 during a fifth wicket stand.