March Town were dreadful according to skipper Chris Ringham as their batting slumped again in a 151-run defeat on Saturday to Castor in the Tucker League.
Ringham said: “We won the toss and fielded because the track looked like it had life in it.
“But it was never a 95 all out track. There were no decent partnerships.
“I don’t mind losing so much if you’ve given your all. There were loose shots, that’s the frustrating thing. I re-jigged the batting order, but hopefully we will have David Hodson and Rob Moden back against St Ives.
“We gave Ben Pyle a go in the seconds to boost his confidence and he scored 150, so we may fit him in.”
Aussie Steve Seymour gave March a lift with a run-out at the bowler’s end and quick wickets from Tyler Phillips reduced Castor to 12-3.
However former player Rob Woolley came back to haunt them with 94 in a stand of 156 as Castor posted 246-6 declared. Woolley was one of four wickets taken by Phillips (4-60).
Seymour top-scored with 24 as yet again players got into double figures and then found ways of getting out.
Ben Pyle hit a career-best unbeaten 152 in a 210-run second wicket partnership and still finished on the losing side as the 2nd Xl went down by seven wickets at St Giles in CCA Senior League Division 1.
The right-hander struck 25 boundaries, nine of which cleared the ropes. Pyle, dropped on five, enjoyed a run feast with Tommy Howgego 57 in the visitors’ 247-4.
St Giles opener Phil Rennie smashed 135 before Jacob Gray had him caught at extra cover. Callum Young and Stuart Arnold were the other wicket-takers as the hosts crossed the line with 250-3.
A below strength 3rds continue to struggle in CCA Junior League Division 2N - losing at home by 157 runs to high-flying Bar Hill.
The visitors racked up 275-8, skipper Matt Hubbard taking 3-77 and David Haslegrave 2-65. Haslegrave smashed 42, Anthony Henson 25 and Hubbard 18 in the 118 reply.
A 10-man 4th Xl were again on the wrong end of a 281 scoreline as they lost by a 223 margin to Willingham in CCA Junior League Division 4N.
Sam Mason and Steve Impey bowled well and Mason struck 29 in the 58-9 reply.
Experienced wicket-keeper Gary Nicholls was the toast of the 2nds at Wimblington on Sunday striking a match winning 62 not out (nine fours and a six) to secure an exciting onewicket Fenland Trophy win.
In reply to the home side’s 134 off 30.3 overs (A. Gray 33), March slumped to 62-7 before No.8 Nicholls was supported by 14-year-old Sam Clarke and Sam Mason, who helped add 26 and 42 runs for the eighth and ninth wickets.
Young left-arm spinner Cameron Williams bagged 4-23 in eight tidy overs. A. Irvine (3-23) was Wimblington’s top bowler.