Spirited March lose to champs

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March Town’s Steve Seymour produced his joint highest Tucker League score of the season in a spirited team performance that finally ended in a four-wicket defeat to outgoing champions Foxton at The Avenue on Saturday.

The Aussie opener (72) was the fifth wicket to fall with the total on 116, having put on 54 runs for the second wicket with Tyler Phillips (16). March then had Josh Jackman (25) and Ben Pyle (21) to thank for a sixth wicket stand of 45 in the final total of 175-9.

Foxton raced to 83 off 17 overs before Callum Young split the partnership during an excellent 4-36 off 14 overs. The visitors won with eight overs to spare.

The 4th Xl were narrowly beaten by nine runs by local rivals Doddington in CCA Junior League Division 4N.

Chasing the visitors’ total of 190-7, March came back strongly with Sam Clarke 49 and the in-form Adam Conyard 45.

The Sunday 1sts lost by eight runs to fellow strugglers Barnack and now go into their final game next weekend uncertain of their Rutland League Division 1 future.

Off-spinner Richard Green claimed a creditable 4-72, including both openers - Peterborough Town’s Asim Butt (92) and Ajaz Aktar (66) - as the visitors put 253-7 on the board. Josh Jackman took 2-50.

In reply teenager Toby Nulty (55) scored his maiden first team half-century, with Steve Seymour and Jackman both 34, Ben Pyle and Stuart Mills both 21 and John Wallis 20 in the 245-9 final score.

In the gathering gloom March 2nd XI secured an exciting three wicket victory at Somersham in their last Fenland Trophy game of the season.

Chasing the home team’s 187 all out on a slow grassy wicket the 2nds won in the 41st over, taking advantage of the fact that Somersham had been bowled out in their 37th over, which gave March three more overs.

A match-winning eighth wicket stand of 57 between vice-captain Gary Nicholls (45no, five fours) and Jacob Gray (17no) clinched the win after Josh Fox (38, four fours) and skipper Stephen Wallis (33, five fours) put on 52 for the fourth wicket.

Earlier, Sam Mason and Cameron Williams both picked up three wicket hauls, with Fox capping a fine all-round display with a 2-30 spell.