Rain-off rule benefits Wisbech and March

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Both Cambs Tucker League cricket matches involving Wisbech Town and March Town were determined in their favour by the new run rate rain rule after washouts.

In Division One, Wisbech ended the unbeaten record of Saffron Walden at Harecroft Road where the home side piled up 287-6 from their 50 overs.

Captain Sam Albutt led the way with a barn-storming 74, fellow opener Danny Haynes added a more sedate 69 before Josh Bowers played with style and skill for 40.

Saffron Walden were well behind the asking rate on 113-5 when the match was abandoned. Seamer Paul Edgeller (3-21) had struck early blows.

Wisbech are now second in the table ahead of a big weekend of games at Godmanchester (Saturday) and Ramsey (Monday).

In Division Two March Town beat Ufford Park on run rate. Brandon Phillips, brother of skipper Tyler Phillips, top scored with 67 of March’s 199 and the home side were 106-5 at the close, Tommy Howgego having taken 3-34.

The 2nd XI fielded for 45 overs of damp cricket at The Avenue to chalk up their third win from their opening three games, having been relegated to CCA Senior League Division 2 at the end of last season.

An opening stand of 110 from Adam Conyard (62) and Steve Hinson (53) got them going.

March 2nd XI 236-5, 45 overs (Adam Conyard 62, John Gilson 57, Steve Hinson 53, Rob Conyard 22); City of Ely 193-8, 45 overs (Charlie Revell 3-33, Richard Green 2-53).

The 3rd XI lost for the third time in as many weeks in CCA Junior League Division 2N.

Little Downham 204-6 (David Haslegrave 6-48); March 3rd XI 120 (Ryan Wright 50, Scott Bamford 18).

Teenager Sam Clarke rescued a ragged batting display as March scraped home by 19 runs in a low-scoring Rutland League Division 2 game against Newborough at The Avenue on Sunday.

The No.11 hit 24 of the 103 total – he shared in a last wicket stand of 39 runs with Brett Tinnion (22no) – and then took three wickets.

March 1st XI 103, 26.1 overs (Sam Clarke 24, Brett Tinnion 22no, Nathan Oliver 20); Newborough 84-9, 28.2 overs (Sam Clarke 3-22, Andy Wright 3-28, Tyler Phillips 3-33).

Adam Conyard hit his second fifty of the weekend, carrying his bat for 61, as the 2nds extended their 100 per cent Fenland Trophy record – beating Leverington away by eight wickets.

Leverington 120 all out, March 2nd XI 121-2, 16 overs (Adam Conyard 61no, Curtis Oldroys 29, Rob Conyard 23no).

n Wisbech qualified for the Jaidka Cup knockout stages by beating Ramsey by 20 runs to make it two wins from two matches.

Scores: Wisbech Wildcats 138; Ramsey 118.

Group match tonight: Ramsey Raiders v March Crows.