MARCH Town recorded an eighth win in the Cambs Tucker League by six wickets against Khalsa on Saturday and hold a 14-point lead at the top of the table.
Skipper Chris Ringham produced a second six-wicket haul in three weeks to engineer a comfortable win at a Peterborough ground they have not enjoyed the best of success in recent seasons.
It was Australian all-rounder Matt Wilcox who made the initial breakthrough with two wickets inside his first six overs at a time when Ringham was struggling and leaking runs.
Ringham may well have been considering taking himself off just as he clicked into gear to rip through the Khalsa batting with six wickets in his next half-dozen overs with his left-arm swing to finish with 6-59.
Wilcox took three for 35 as the home side reached 110 all out.
Then it was the turn of swashbuckling Carl Chapman who thumped five sixes in his 10 boundaries in his 65 watched by his father and former March player Gary for his top-score of the campaign.
Earlier, Wilcox had weighed in with 25 before falling to Cambs Over 50s spinner Jaspal Singh and Shardul Brahmbhatt finished on 21 not out.
Ringham said: “I was close to bringing myself off after I was hit for 8 and then 11 off two overs but Matt got the batsmen out and I decided to give myself one more over and I took a wicket.
“Matt also got the important wicket of Tariq who has been scoring for fun and that was massive bonus.
“We had them at 70 for nine at one stage but their last man hit 30.
“It was good to see Carl Chapman in such good form and he hit some huge strikes.
“Foxton got 25 points to narrow the lead at the top but the important thing it was another win.
“We play bottom club Ickwell next week but will be without John Gilson and Matt Vail.
“David Hodson will come in behind the stumps.”
Hodson was in very good form for March seconds on Saturday as he hit a maiden league half-century to help them bounce back from the previous week’s CCA Senior League Division 1 defeat, when they crushed Bluntisham by 137 runs at The Avenue.
The wicketkeeper hit 56 off 71 balls at the top of the order with seven boundaries.
Ben Pyle made 38, James Harradine 36 and Josh Jackman 23 in the 217 all out total.
University students, Callum Young and Jackman shared seven wickets as the visitors went from 8-3 and then 23-6 to 80 all out.Young returned figures of 4-9 off eight, while Jackman took 3-18 off seven. Richard Green completed the rout with 2-14.
March thirds have sunk to the the foot of CCA Junior League Division 2A with half the season gone after their latest 90-run defeat against previous bottom side Needingworth.
The home side were inspired by two of their returning university lads, who helped them to a massive 282-6 total. Their Dan Sherlock hit a career best 134, having been dropped at slip in his 30s.
James Beresford, who took a wicket with his first delivery in his two spells, finished with 3-42. Toby Nulty also bowled well for his 3-39, his last two wickets sandwiched between a dropped catch.
Jon Kaberry top-scored with 43 in the 190 all out reply. Kaberry hit eight boundaries, including a ‘six’ in his 40-ball stay, with youngsters Nathan Oliver (26) and Nulty (23) batting well in the middle of the order.
The surprise package came at the end when the last pair put on 40 runs – skipper Matt Hubbard scoring 32 at 10 and Stuart Fox 16 not out at 11.
March seconds won their third consecutive Sunday game against Wimblington at the weekend thanks to an all-round batting performance with five players scoring over 25 runs each.
Leading the way was young David Haslegrave with 64 (12 fours and one six) who added 111 for the second wicket with Jake Beart 45, while James Beresford 32, David Russell 30 and Toby Nulty 26 made useful contributions towards a total of 253-8 declared in 38 overs.
The home side reached 161-5 in their allotted 40 overs to give March victory by 92 runs.
Experienced captain Matt Hubbard bowled an excellent spell of eight overs taking one wicket for eight runs, which included four maidens.