MARCH Town made it three successive wins in the Cambs Tucker League with a four-wicket victory over Sawston in a rain affected game.
Stand-in skipper Jon Gilson is now unbeaten since taking over from the injured Chris Ringham and won the toss to put Sawston into bat with the game almost certain to held up by rain at times and so it proved.
Sawston, who were third in the table and had beaten March easily back in May, started very well and were 80 for two after 24 overs and 92 for three before their batting struggled against the young March bowlers. Australian Ryan Meyer took four wickets for 23 in five overs while Tyler Phillips was again in very good form with three for 23 off 11.4 overs. Callum Young also bowled very well for his one important wicket and holidaying Steve Seymour bowled five overs for just 11 runs.
By the time March went into bat rain had forced the winning total to be reduced to 96 off 35 overs with two wickets down.
David Hodson 41 and Seymour 17 put on 41 for the first wicket scoring quite quickly to give their team a good start. Carl Chapman then continued the good work with five boundaries in his 30 not out and March were home at 96 for four in the 19th over for a very good 20 points.
A delighted Gilson said: “It was an important toss to win as the game was sure to be rain affected and batting second at least you know what is required.
“Our young bowlers have done very well again for us to reduce them to 131 after they were 92-3. Steve Seymour’s presence has been a big bonus and the team are playing with a lot more confidence.
“We needed to score quickly when we batted in case the rain came again and we have won quite comfortably in the end.”
March seconds lost by 111 runs against strong promotion rivals Histon first team in CCA Senior Division 1 who now top the table.
Histon scored 213 for four with Stuart Arnold taking two wickets for 51 runs. March were never really in the chase and finished with just 102 as their unbeaten run came to an end. The highest stand was for the seventh wicket, where Richard Green (18) and Toby Nulty (13) put on 27. Top scorer was Jordan Morgan, who hit 21 runs off just eight balls.
March thirds lost their local derby game in CCA Junior League Division 2A as Wimblington chalked up their sixth win from seven games by 64 runs.
Andy Bryan and Jamie Stimpson were joint top-scorers with 25 in the disappointing 111 reply to Wimblington’s 175, during which skipper Matt Hubbard took 3-39 and James Shepherd and Jacob Gray both picked up two wickets apiece.
The fourth team’s game against Bluntisham seconds was abandoned.
March firsts had their Rutland League Division One game against leaders Peterborough Town abandoned on Sunday.
Stuart Mills’s side had reached 128 for four off 37 overs when rain halted play. Tom Howgego led the way with 42 runs with Ryan Meyer 33 and David Hodson 26 also contributing.
Peterborough were left to score 129 to win the game in 37 overs in a reduced game but there was no further play.
Mills said: “It would have been very interesting but I think we had a good chance.”
March seconds’ game at Witcham in the Fenland Trophy was also cut short by rain after 21.2 overs of the home side’s innings.
March hit 165 four in their 40 overs, thanks mainly to a unbeaten 84 not out from 19-year-old Daniel Woods. After losing opener Jake Beart in the third over Woods, scoring the highest innings of his career, added 104 for the second wicket with skipper Stephen Wallis 33 before he retired hurt with a leg strain.
The final total was given a boost by young middle order batsman Adam Conyard who struck an entertaining 26.
Witcham then reached 92-4 before the heavy rain came with Josh Fox, Sam Mason (seven overs for nine runs), Toby Nulty and Cameron Williams all getting one wicket each.