Cambs League early start due to England World Cup game
Adam Conyard on Saturday steered March Town CC to their third success in Cambs Whitings League Division 1, beating bottom club Kimbolton by five wickets.
In an unprecedented early start and reduced overs (40 per side) at The Avenue because of England’s World Cup 3pm kick-off, Conyard cracked his best score in the Saturday senior side of 38 not out, having shared in a fourth wicket stand of 82 with Saranga Rajaguru.
The Sri Lankan left-hander top-scored with 60 from 64 balls in the 174-5 March total – Kimbolton having started their 174-4 innings at 11.30 in the morning.
Acting skipper Andy Wright was the most productive bowler for the hosts, with figures of 2-16 and Conyard kept wicket very tidily on a rare appearance behind the stumps.
Scores, Kimbolton 171-4, 40 overs (Andy Wright 2-16, Saranga Rajaguru 1-31, Sam Clarke 1-38), March 1st XI 174-5, 35.5 overs (Saranga Rajaguru 60, Adam Conyard 38no).
Man of the Match: Adam Conyard
March Sunday 1st XI lost their unbeaten record in Rutland League Division 2, beaten at league leaders Market Deeping by six wickets.
The top two clash wasn’t as close as expected, with the first five March batsmen making starts and then getting out. Skipper Brandon Phillips scored 32 and Adam Conyard 27, before the visitors lost their final six wickets for just 39 runs in only 24.3 overs!
The 137 all out total was never going to be enough but Will Curtis bowled exceptionally well to take 3-37 in the Deeping reply.
March 1st XI 137, 24.3 overs (Brandon Phillips 32, Adam Conyard 27, Shaz Akhter 19, Jacob Gray 18), Market Deeping 140-4, 25.1 overs (Will Curtis 3-37, Dan Waltham 1-44).
Man of the Match: Will Curtis
On Saturday, Newmarket-based Godolphin put a dent in March 2nds’ promotion ambitions, when they inflicted a 139-run defeat in CCA Senior League Division 2.
The home side racked up an impressive 272-6, with young Dan Waltham taking 2-30 from his seven overs.
Opening batsman Steve Hinson, who last season scored a century on the same ground, top-scored with 59 as part of a promising first wicket stand of 53.
But the visitors were shot out for just 133.
Scores: Godolphin 272-6, 45 overs (Dan Waltham 2-30, Manuj Patel 1-25, Nigel Wright 1-42, Shae Pooley 1-52, Adrian Bussey 1-68),
March 2nd XI 133 all out (Steve Hinson 59, Tommy Howgego 18).
Man of the Match: Steve Hinson.
Skipper’s verdict: It was simply a day to forget for us. But we need to pick ourselves up as we play Godolphin again next week at home.
March 2nd Xl v Chatteris
Sunday, July 8
Chatteris finished up with the local derby bragging rights as they pipped the Sunday 2nd XI by 17 runs in a high-scoring Fenland Trophy match at The Avenue.
The visitors got off to a scorching start as the ball raced across the parched outfield in all directions.
But having claimed five wickets, March were unable to capitalise and the visitors went on to an impressive 231 all out.
Both Shae Pooley and Josh Hutchinson took three wickets apiece.
After a steady start, March were in with a shout when skipper Sam Mason (52no) and vice-captain Pooley (51) put on 101 for the fifth wicket.
But 20 runs from the final over was a bridge too far!
Chatteris 231 all out, 35.4 overs, Josh Hutchinson 3-20, Shae Pooley 3-64, Alex Oldham 2-29, Harry Gowler 1-28, Bradley Harper 1-11, March 2nd XI 214-6, 40 overs (Sam Mason 52no, Shae Pooley 51, Alex Oldham 26, Dennis Furnell 24).
Man of the Match: Shae Pooley.
March 4th Xl v Kimbolton 2nd XI
Saturday, July 7
When the fixtures came out in the winter, the 4th XI’s trip to Kimbolton was always going to be tough - a massive 212 run defeat emphasised that point in CCA Junior League Division 4.
With the home side fielding players with a great deal of Whitings League Division 1 experience, it was no surprise they stormed to a 321-6 total.
The bowling figures suffered on the day, but Sam Mason took a creditable 3-45.
In reply, Steve Coe cracked 42 at the top of the order as 10-man March were dismissed for 109.
Kimbolton 2nd XI, 321-6, 40 overs (Sam Mason 3-45, Simon Bradshaw 1-38, Harry Gowler 1-46, Steve Coe 1-62), March 4th XI 109-9, 29 overs (Steve Coe 42, Jacob Gray 20, Jack Stevens 15).