Victorious March thirds beat the rain

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Local cricket was decimated by the weather on Saturday, with March and Wisbech suffering Cambs Tucker League abandonments.

March managed to get in precisely 30.2 overs of cricket at The Avenue, before play was abandoned against high-flying Godmanchester, who sneaked above Wisbech into second place. Leaders Ramsey’s game was also rained off.

Following a 29-minute delay, Godmanchester saw the opening attack off after four overs, as bowling and fielding conditions were difficult on a wet outfield.

The visitors finished on an impressive 175-4 declared, with Ash Vodnala taking 2-36 as tea was taken early. It also signalled the end of the game, with struggling March picking up a valuable nine points – four more than if the game had not been played.

The 3rd XI were the only March side to complete a game on a wet, miserable Saturday afternoon, when they won by nine wickets in CCA Junior League Division 3N.

March soon had things wrapped up against a nine-man Willingham side, who were bowled out for just 62 runs in 24 overs at Doddington. Man of the match Adrian Bussey took 3-17 and young Sam Clarke 3-33.

An unbeaten second wicket stand of 46 runs between Jamie Stimpson (23no) and the returning David Haslegrave (19no) saw them home in style.

On Sunday, reigning Fenland Trophy champions March 2nd XI produced an impressive bowling performance to defeat City of Ely 2nds by five wickets at their Paradise Ground.

Inserted on a wet wicket the home side always struggled against the young March attack. Leading the wicket-takers was the lively Charlie Revell who finished with 3-12. He was well supported by the economical MoM Charlie Conyard, who took 2-9 in his six over spell.

Thirteen-year-old leg-spinner Geoff Kirby snatched 2-34 off his full allocation of eight overs. Ely were eventually bowled out for 112 in the 39th over.

Evergreen skipper Stephen Wallis and Curtis Oldroyd (13) put on 45 runs for the first wicket but the visitors then lost three wickets for no runs.

However after Wallis was out for 28, Will Curtis (26no) and debutant Varun Sawhney (27) added a quickfire 42-run partnership for the fifth wicket to assure victory with just over 11 overs to spare.