Duo hit their first March centuries

March overseas cricketer Ryan Meyer in action
March overseas cricketer Ryan Meyer in action

RYAN Meyer and Carl Chapman both scored their first centuries for March Town on Sunday in a 68-run win over Market Overton in Rutland Division One.

The Australian (pictured) had also been in good form the previous day scoring 58 against Tucker League leaders Foxton before the game was abandoned.

March were in trouble at 40 for four on Sunday, but Meyer 104 and Chapman, who hit 105 off 75 balls after being stuck in traffic, put on 176 runs for the fifth wicket to turn the game on its head. March finished with 248 for nine.

Overton were bowled out for 180 with Stuart Mills taking four for 30 and Meyer taking three wickets at the end for three runs.

March’s game against Foxton was abandoned after 38.1 overs had been bowled.

But there was still enough time for Meyer to continue his good run of form as March had struggled to 129 for six when play was finally halted by a thunderstorm.

Ben Pyle also hit 25 runs and Chapman and James Harradine 16 each.

March seconds bounced back to form with a one-wicket success against Longstanton in a relatively low scoring game in CCA Senior League Division 1.

Longstanton had posted 94 all out with Stuart Arnold taking three for 25 and Jacob Grey 2-21 and Jordan Morgan 2-23.

Morgan also top scored with 26 and featured in a 36-run fourth wicket partnership with Tom Nulty 15 after Jon Kaberry made 12 from the first 15 runs.

In the end the unlikely hero was scorer Steve Gaskin who batted a maiden over out in a tense finale enabling acting skipper Nick Usher (12) to score the winning runs in a game where the home side could only muster eight batsmen, but were boosted by three substitute fielders when their seconds were rained off.

March thirds had their CCA Junior Division 2A game with Needingworth called to a halt because of rain.

But not before David Haslegrave had hit an impressive 62 in the March total of 154 for seven with Dennis Furnell 32 and Anthony Henson 23 also contributing.

Then the rain had the final say with Needingworth not getting to the crease for their reply.

March seconds defeated a weakened Wisbech thirds by 54 runs at The Avenue on Sunday with Daniel Woods scoring his third fifty for the team this season.

The home side’s innings was based around a 72-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Woods 55 and all rounder Toby Nulty 39, with skipper Stephen Wallis 24 the only other player to reach double figures.

Despite reaching 142-4 in 33 overs, they were bowled out for 154 after 36.2 overs as Tim Chapman snatched 4-20 in five overs.

Wisbech lost wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out after 29.4 overs mainly due to experienced medium pacer Matt Hubbard who bagged 4-31 in his eight overs and the reliable Sam Mason who took 2-8 in six tight overs. The 14-year-old Tom Culshaw impressed for Wisbech with his timing, top scoring with 37 including four fours.