Dropped catch ends March’s five-win run

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MARCH Town’s run of five successive Cambs Tucker victories came to an end at Godmanchester on Saturday with a dropped dolly catch playing a huge part in the four-wicket downfall.

John Gilson’s side had posted a score of 156 all out in the final over with James Harradine 42 and opener David Hodson 29 getting the bulk of the runs with last weekend’s batting hero trapped lbw first ball.But they were also thankful to a scurry of runs from the tailenders Tyler Phillips (13), Stuart Mills (12) and Callum Young (18) who put on 53 for the last three wickets.

Godmanchester opener Ben Clement was the mainstay of their inning with 70 runs, but he was fortunate to survive a really easy catch off the bowling of Young when he had scored just 14.

Phillips bowled very well conceding just the nine runs from his seven overs, before left-arm wrist spinner Meyer’s four for 51 saw the home side lose four wickets for 15 runs after reaching 101-1. Harradine picked up 2-24 with his slow left-armers as Godmanchester reached their target in 39 overs.

Gilson said: “It was very disappointing for the sequence of wins to end especially as we dropped their main run scorer on just 14.”

Opening bat Steve Hinson was the hero of March seconds’ 39-run win in CCA Senior League Division 1 against third in the table Fulbourn, at The Avenue.

The right-hander hit 86 runs and figured in a 94-run third wicket partnership with acting skipper Rob Moden, who smashed 50 off just 43 balls in the 206 for eight total.

At 139-2 the visitors looked well on target for victory, but off-spinner Richard Green’s four for 33 put paid to that. Andy Wright and Toby Nulty both chipped in with a couple of wickets apiece, as Fulbourn finished on 167-8. The win earns March third spot in the league.

March thirds shuffled their batting order and employed 10 bowlers in the resounding 85-run CCA Junior League Division 2A victory over relegated neighbours Doddington, at the Neale Wade, to finish fourth in the table.

Stuart Fox top-scored with 28, quickly followed by skipper Matt Hubbard (26no) and fellow bowler James Beresford 25, while at the top of the order Daniel Woods made 23 in the all out total of 178.

Doddington’s John Palmer took four for 48 and skipper Barrie Carter 3-27. But even a classy 18 from the experienced Harry Vaheesan, batting for the first time this season, could not save the visitors who were dismissed for 93, Hubbard taking three for six.

On Sunday, March firsts lost by 42 runs to Nassington in Rutland Division One.

Nassington scored 174 all out with Richard Green taking five for 31 and Stuart Mills two for 31.

It really was a bad weekend for Ryan Meyer as he scored just two, but fellow opener David Hodson was among the runs again with 40 in a total of 132 all out with the last three batsmen all getting into double figures.

A sparkling undefeated century by Rob Moden clinched the Fenland Trophy and secured a convincing nine wicket victory for March 2nd XI on Sunday against Wimblington at the Avenue.

Striking 14 boundaries including one maximum, Moden hit a superb ton off 105 balls as the home side reached their challenging target of 197 in the 36th over. He was ably supported by young Nathan Oliver who achieved his maiden half century for the club scoring 52 off 59 balls, while in form Daniel Woods hit 31 not out.

Earlier Ash Irvine struck a commanding 115 off 96 balls with 14 fours and three sixes for Wimblington as March, who dropped several catches struggled in the field as the visitors were bowled out for 196 off the last ball of their 40 overs.

Left armer Jacob Gray snatched a well deserved 5-31, while once again opening bowler Sam Mason conceded a miserly sum of only 18, taking two wickets in his 8 overs.

March narrowly won the Fenland Trophy for the first time since 2007, Chatteris finishing second.