MARCH Town pulled victory out to the fire to beat Castor by 42 runs in the Cambs Tucker League at the Avenue on Saturday.
They lost the all-important toss and were put into bat on a very damp wicket and not for the first time this season found themselves in dire trouble at 67 for seven after 32 overs.
But they were then rescued by an eighth-wicket partnership of 51 from Tyler Phillips 31 and Josh Jackman 19 to leave March with a more respectable total when their last wicket fell in the 48th over. Castor had former West Indian bowler John Maynard 2-22 making his debut but it was Kamran Hamayun five for 40 who did the real damage.
Tyler, who was returning from injury, and Jackman, who has been in good form for the seconds, then gave just as impressive performances with the ball. Phillips took two for 22 and Jackman four for 30. With Callum Young producing another good stint with four for 22, Castor were bowled out for 80 runs to give skipper for the day Stuart Mills an unlikely win.
Injured skipper Chris Ringham said: “Considering the position we were in it was perhaps our best performance of the season. We looked to be staring defeat down a barrel until Tyler and Josh came together and turned things round.
“The two of them then went on to produce impressive all-round performances with the ball too. Callum Young also bowled very well again and is in very good form at present.”
March take on Saffron Walden seconds this Saturday after beating them earlier in the season. Australian Steve Seymour will play again for March in one of four appearances while he is on holiday here so should strengthen the batting and bowling, John Gilson will also be available to skipper the side again and Matty Vail is back too.
March seconds were also in good form on Saturday with a 20-run win at Kimbolton to remain top of CCA Senior League Division 1.
Former skipper John Wallis 58 and Robert Moden put on 69 for the second wicket, but of the remaining batsmen only skipper James Harradine (17) and Nathan Oliver (13no) put up any resistance in the 149 all out total, as the middle order was blown away.
Kimbolton looked to be in control of things at 117-5, but a run out unsettled them before David Haslegrave made a dramatic return to the bowling ranks with three wickets for 13 runs. In the end Kimbolton only added 12 more runs to be dismissed for 129.