Ben Pyles on the runs with March Town CC Tucker best
Both local in-form Cambs Tucker League cricket clubs won on Saturday.
Second-placed in Division One, Wisbech won five in a row by beating pre-season title favourites Saffron Walden by 17 runs.
Gary Freear (52 from 51 balls) gave Wisbech a fast start and Josh Bowers (81 from 92 balls) kept the momentum going as the visitors racked up an imposing 249-8.
New skipper Sam Rippington (4-44) did best with the ball as Saffron Walden were restricted to 232, although Jamie Gollands picked up the vital wicket of home top scorer Jason Gallian for 69.
March chased down Kimbolton’s 225-8 to win by three wickets with seven balls to spare at The Avenue and strengthen their grip on second place in Division Two. Ben Pyle, batting at seven, hit a Tucker-best 75 from 87 balls. He added 94 for the seventh wicket with skipper Tyler Phillips.
Scores, Division One: Saffron Walden lost to Wisbech by 17 runs.
Wisbech 249-8 (J. Bowers 81, G. Freear 52, J. Williams 22, A. Hancock 4-55); Saffron Walden 232 (J. Gallian 69, S. Rippington 4-44, J. Williams 2-33, J. Gollands 2-36).
Division Two: March beat Kimbolton by 3 wkts.
Kimbolton 225-8 (A. Wright 3-41, S. Freedman 3-42, J. Harradine 2-31); March 226-7 (Pyle 75, Freedman 39, Phillips 35no, B. Phillips 28).
Steve Hinson continued his March 2nds run-scoring spree at Barley with an unbeaten century, but still ended up on the losing side as relegation threatens from CCA Senior League Division 2.
March 2nd XI 213-7, 45 overs (Steve Hinson 108no, John Gilson 46, Steve Coe 20), Barley 216-4 (Geoff Kirby 1-35, Richard Green 1-46, Sam Clarke 1-55).
The 3rd XI lost by 72 runs away to Chatteris 2nd XI in a CCA Junior League Division 2N relegation dogfight.
The hosts rattled up 239-4, with Scott Bamford top-scoring with an unbeaten 39 and Matt Lynn with 32 in the March reply of 167-6.
Chatteris 2nd XI 239-4, 40 overs, March 3rd XI 167-6, 40 overs (Scott Bamford 39no, Matt Lynn 32).
Pyle’s weekend got even better when his 77 helped the Sunday 1st XI to a six-wicket Rutland League Division 2 win against Medbourne at The Avenue.
The right-handed batsman continued where he left off the previous day, with Shaz Akhter completing his half-century and an unbeaten 41-run fifth wicket stand between Phillips (28no) and Ben Chapman (20no).
Medbourne 196 all out, 41.1 overs (Steve Coe 4-61, Andy Wright 2-17, Manuj Patel 2-52), March 1st XI 198-4, 35.1 overs (Ben Pyle 77, Shaz Akhter 50, Tyler Phillips 28no, Ben Chapman 20no).