Winning run ends after batting collapse

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March Town firsts completed a very good weekend with a two-wicket win against Bourne Town on Sunday in the Rutland League Division One.

Bourne batted first and reached 181 for eight in their 45 overs with Callum Young three for 58 and Chris Ringham three for 23.

March’s reply was given a good start by openers Matt Wilcox 34 and David Hodson 48. The multi-talented Scott Welcher then contributed 35 with Rob Tombs 30 not out and Tommy Howgego 18 helping March to 184-8.

March Town seconds saw their run of four successive wins come to a crunching end with a nine-wicket defeat at The Avenue on Saturday against St Giles in CCA Senior League Division 1.

They also dropped down from league leaders to fourth place but that hardly compared with their batting collapse!

March lost the toss and were put into bat on a damp square. They started well enough with Rob Cumming hitting 32 runs as they reached 56 for one wicket.

But it all went downhill after that as they somehow managed to lose their last nine wickets for just 27 runs – five of the tail scoring just a single run between them!

The 83 all out total was never going to be enough to bowl at and the Cambridge side lost just the one wicket on their way to victory as they moved into second place in the table.

March thirds are facing a battle to stay in CCA Junior League Division 2A and a seven-wicket hammering at Wisbech will have done nothing for their confidence.

They also lost the toss and went into bat on a damp track and made just 73, with Nick Peck and Nathan Oliver joint top-scoring with 19 runs.

All four Wisbech bowlers picked up wickets with Dan Mason taking four for 27 and Martin Parrin three for 11, Ryan Van Waterschoot two for 23 and skipper John Mallett one for eight from a miserly 10 overs.

March openers Paul Strickle 29 and Gavin Plume 15 made a solid start and then Gary Alexander 14 not out saw them home for the loss of just three wickets inside 20 overs despite a valiant effort from off-spinner Stuart Fox who took one for 18 in eight overs.

But while the thirds struggle, the fourth team have found a new lease of life this season and they beat Willingham seconds by a comfortable seven wickets at the Neale-Wade, in CCA Junior League Division 5A for their fourth win of the season.

Six wickets for 21 runs from left-armer James Shepherd put the skids under Willingham, who crashed to 71 all out. Glen Hulley took two for 22.

Marcus Kirby top-scored with 25 not out and Dennis Furnell 14 in the 74-3 reply.

March Sunday seconds won their second consecutive game of the season in their friendly against Elmdon at the Avenue by six wickets thanks to an impressive 43 not out by 15-year-old Toby Nulty.

Toby struck six boundaries and received support from David Haslegrave 19 and the home side secured victory in the 24th over.

Earlier Elmdon had been bowled out for 113 in 34.3 overs with both Matt Hubbard and leg spinner Nathan Oliver taking three wickets each.

The Sunday seconds are looking for a regular scorer each week. Training will be given. Please contact Stephen Wallis for further details 07917 191177.