March 1sts secured a rare victory over Peterborough Town thanks to Aussie overseas star Steve Seymour’s sixth Rutland League Division One ton of the season on Sunday.
Peterborough, who were 47 for 0 off the first six overs, scored a total of 205-7 off their 45 overs. The bowling honours were shared by Callum Young 4 for 49 and Seymour 2 for 19.
In reply March hit a quickfire 70 in the first 10 overs before David Hodson was caught for 29.
Ben Pyle scored a useful 31 as the innings was held together by Seymour’s 116no. March reached 207-6 in the 42nd over.
March had a disappointing 56-run Tucker League Saturday defeat away at lowly Waresley.
Captain Chris Ringham said: “It was frustrating against one of the teams lower in the league. We didn’t bat, bowl or field well.
“There were too many four-balls and 30 extras when bowling, then it was another middle-order collapse: after the first-wicket stand we were all out for 80 if you look at that way.”
David Hodson (46 off 32 balls) and Steve Seymour (33) posted 67 off nine overs for the first wicket but March subsided to 147 all out off 36 overs – with a dozen overs unused – chasing 203-6. Matty Vail scored 21 at no. 4.
Seymour bagged a dismissal with the first legal delivery of the Waresley innings following a wide but added 60 for the second wicket. James Harradine was the most impressive bowler, claiming 3-63.
Ringham hopes being back at The Avenue will inspire his side next weekend when they entertain Ramsey.
Tyler Phillips returns from holiday while Carl Chapman should be available to strengthen the batting after dropping out with sickness the night before the Waresley game.
A poor Saturday for the club saw defeats for all three teams. The 2nd XI lost by 74 runs at home to Fulbourn who amassed 228-6 from their 45 overs, Stuart Mills 12-1-39-3. Callum Young top-scored with 39 as the hosts were bowled out for 154.
The 3rd XI lost by 68 runs. Greg Short produced an excellent spell, claiming 2-25 from 10 overs which included a stunning caught and bowled, and skipper Matt Hubbard 4-31 as Waterbeach were restricted to 147-9 from 40 overs.
In another March batting collapse for 79, Hubbard top-scored with 26.