MARCH seconds had a magnificent win against the CCA Senior League Division 1 leaders Histon by seven wickets at The Avenue on Saturday.
Toby Nulty set them on the way to victory by claiming the early wicket of Histon’s Adam Dalby, who smashed 105 the previous week, and the visitors were always struggling against the March attack after that.
Nulty took three for 24, James Harradine 4-30 and Richard Green, carrying a hamstring injury, 2-27 as Histon were dismissed for 115 in the 43rd over.
James Hilliard led the March reply with a hard-hit 56, sharing in a second wicket stand of 68 with Scott Welcher (22). Harradine then wrapped up victory with an unbeaten 26 in the 116-3 total that came up in just 24 overs.
March thirds suffered a narrow 10-run defeat in the local derby at Doddington in CCA Junior League Division 2A.
Doddington had their total of 199 for eight boosted when Ryan Wright, batting at seven, hit a brisk 53 and 58 runs came for them in the final five overs.
Earlier, Doddington’s former March players Barrie Carter (51) and Dan Martell (43) had looked comfortable on an excellent batting track. Off-spinner Stuart Fox, who bore the brunt of Wright’s onslaught, was best of the March bowlers with 4-68.
Opener Brett Tinnion made a determined 45 in March’s 189-9 reply, with Manuj Patel cracking a swift 39, with 38 in boundaries, and youngster Adam Conyard and James Shepherd both hit 21. Another 14-year-old Lewis Welcher, replaced his older brother Scott behind the stumps and made an impressive debut.
On Sunday March first lost by 24 runs in a low scoring game against Nassington in Rutland League Division One at The Avenue.
Nassington scored just 125 for eight in their 45 overs with skipper Stu Mills taking three for 25 and Andy Wright 2-27 both off 12 overs on a day when the bowlers held sway.
March also found runs hard to come by and were bowled out for 101 with Ryan Meyer 24 and David Hodson, forced to bat at 11 because of a wrist injury, hitting a plucky 18.
March seconds player Jake Beart celebrated his 18th birthday earlier in the week and was then a match winner on Sunday against Wimblington in the Fenland Trophy.
Opener Beart carried his bat for 113 in 115 balls, his first century, as March defeated Wimblington by 110 runs. He hit 14 fours and three sixes as March totalled a commanding 225-4 in their allotted 40 overs.
He was ably supported by youngsters Nathan Oliver 32, who helped him add 88 for the second wicket and Adam Conyard 20, while veteran Gary Nicholls struck a powerful 25 in 15 balls at the end of the innings.
Beart then continued his golden day taking three catches as Wimblington were dismissed for 115 in the 26th over.
Bowling honours were shared between James Shepherd 3-24, Sam Mason 3-18 and Conyard 2-35. Meanwhile on his senior cricket debut 13-year-old Curtis Oldroyd completed an excellent catch at square leg.