MARCH Town have opened up a 15-point lead at the top of the Cambs Tucker Premier Division after a four wicket win against Godmanchester on Saturday.
Skipper Chris Ringham took the honours with six wickets for 26 runs as his left-arm pace enjoyed the wet conditions for change. Matt Wilcox for once had to play a secondary role with four wickets for 44 as second placed Godmanchester were skittled out for just 74 runs.
It was Ringham who made the early breakthrough, collecting five of the first six wickets to fall as the visitors slumped to 46-6 to be eventually all out for 76, the lowest score on the ground this season.
March did not get off to a very good start with Wilcox out for just one run in the second over after two successive centuries but Shardul Brahmbhatt became the backbone of the innings with a brisk 39 as March eventually got home with with six wickets down.
Skipper Ringham said: “I did say the previous week that other players had to step up to the plate. It was good to get the game in with the weather as it was and finish with a victory and 20 points.
“For some reason Godmanchester wanted to hit everything to leg and I felt if we kept bowling at the stumps we would get our rewards.
“We did make hard work of getting runs in the end but came away with the points and now face an interesting game against Wisbech next week. Rob Tombs was missing with a knee injury but should be back for that game.”
There was no joy in the sunshine and rain for the third team as they lost by six wickets to lowly Sutton at the Neale Wade in CCA Junior League Division 2A.
March lost early wickets with only Pat Ringham’s 19 the telling score from the top four. Jamie Stimpson came in at five and top-scored with a good unbeaten 41 in the 130-8 total. Nathan Oliver also cracked three boundaries in his 15.
Skipper Matt Hubbard kept the side in the hunt with a brilliant opening 10-over spell, where he conceded just 17 runs. But when he finally was replaced 88 runs soon rattled off the next 14 overs, as Sutton wrapped up the points with a 131-4 reply.
March fourths had a good result as they dodged the showers to inflict the first defeat of the season upon CCA Junior League Division 5A leaders, Sutton seconds.
Opening batsman Dennis Furnell top scored for the visitors with 26 in their 130-8 total. He was backed up by Manuj Patel’s 20 and an unbeaten 19 from skipper Bill Hilliard.
After a steady start, the home side faltered against the bowling of Lewis Hilliard (4-25) and Patel (3-22), who removed them for just an 85 run total.