March Town CC hold the psychological advantage going into next Saturday’s derby by beating holders Wisbech Town in the quarter-finals of the Jaidka Cup last Thursday night.
March Crows warmed up for the weekend clash at Harecroft Road by winning there and dumping Wisbech Wildcats by eight wickets.
March haven’t played in the competition for several years, but secured their semi-final spot when Steve Seymour cracked the winning runs with three balls to spare in a cameo 25 when 18 runs were required from the final two overs.
The victory was set up with an opening stand of 75 between skipper David Hodson (39) and Stephen Shaw (29), as the visitors chased 111.
Earlier, the Wildcats made 110, with the March bowlers sharing the wickets, skipper Chris Ringham trapping Cambs player Gary Freear with his first ball.
Cup schedule, tonight. Quarter-final: Market Deeping v Khalsa. Semi-final: Barnack or Bourne v Nassington.
Wednesday, June 18. Semi-final: Market Deeping or Khalsa v March.
Of all Wisbech Town’s Saturday senior sides, only the 2nd XI managed to get a game in to defy the rain.
They won away at Bluntisham in CCA Senior League Division Two.
It leaves Wisbech 2nds second in the table with average points tally of 17. Leaders Cambridge NCI 2nds average 20.
l Stephen Shaw produced his best score of the summer as the Sunday Crows crushed 10-man Nassington by a big 114-run margin in Rutland League Division One, at The Avenue.
The Aussie all-rounder smashed 73 in the 181 total, with skipper Ben Pyle scoring 31. Nassington were dismissed for 67, with James Beresford bagging 4-22 and Tyler Phillips chipping in with two wickets.
Three of the four March club teams had their matches rained off on Saturday, but the 2nds suffered an eight-wicket thumping at Thriplow in CCA Senior League Division 1.
March were bowled out for just 61 on a dry deck, with Toby Nulty top-scoring with 17. Andy Wright and James Beresford were the two wicket takers.