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March Town CC up to fourth in Cambs Whitings League after Chris Ringham's first spell of season helps beat Thriplow

March Town have risen to fourth in Cambs Whitings League Division 1 following a five-wicket win away to lowly Thriplow.

Former skipper Chris Ringham's first spell of the season was rewarded with 4-48 as the home side posted 155-9.

The left-arm inswing bowler picked up the wicket of one of the openers in his first spell and then more on his return.

Cricket Action fromMarch CC.March CC v Wisbech CC.Chris Ringham Bowling for March cc. (15115663)
Cricket Action fromMarch CC.March CC v Wisbech CC.Chris Ringham Bowling for March cc. (15115663)

At that point he was bowling in tandem with leg-spinner and 'lodger' Saranga Rajaguru, who also took four wickets, to reduce the home side from 79-2 to 121-8.

But like in the corresponding match at The Avenue in June, March struggled with the bat early on. Three wickets fell for just 29 runs before Udana Ranathunga and Andrew George repaired the damage with a fourth wicket stand of 60 runs. Ranathunga scored his maiden half-century for the club at this level.

When they both departed, James Harradine coolly shepherded the side home with a timely unbeaten 38 off 39 balls, with back-up from Ben Chapman (10no). Late call-up Harradine had bowled a tight spell along with Sam Clarke and Spencer Saberton in the absence of skipper Tyler Phillips and his vice-captain Andy Wright.

Thriplow 155-9, 50 overs (Rajaguru 4-28, Ringham 4-48, Harradine 1-22), March 1st XI 157-5, 27.2 overs (Ranathunga 53, Harradine 38no, George 33).

March 2nds lost for just the third time this season, by four wickets in CCA Senior League Division 1 by Royston, who also defeated them on their ground in June.

Poor batting saw March slump from 25 without loss to 75-8, before being bowled out for just 104 at The Avenue.

Nigel Wright top-scored with 24, with Barrie Carter (11) adding runs late on.

The visitors set off at a gallop, which forced the March opening attack to switch ends. The move inspired Manuj Patel, who snapped up three wickets in four balls.

The visitors steadied and ran out winners with 20 overs to spare.

March 2nd XI 104 all out, 30.5 overs (Wright 24, Nuwan Athukorala 17, David Hodson 16), Royston 107-6, 24.4 overs (Patel 3-19, Matty Vail 2-8). Man of the Match: Manuj Patel.

The 3rds lost by 31 runs at home to Kimbolton 2nd XI and remain stuck in the CCA Junior League Division 3N relegation zone.

Playing with a man short, they bowled the visitors out for 184, with teenager Harry Gowler (3-36) continuing his current rich vein of form.

James Beresford (3-40) also picked up wickets as did Steve Coe (2-9).

County veteran Stuart Arnold top-scored with 32 and an unbeaten 23 from Dan Waltham boosted the final March total to 153.

Kimbolton 184 all out, 40 overs (Harry Gowler 3-36, James Beresford 3-40, Steve Coe 2-9), March 3rd XI153 all out, 38.5 overs (Stuart Arnold 32, Steve Coe 25, Dan Waltham 23no, James Beresford 23.

Man of the Match: Steve Coe.

The pair then featured in the March innings - Coe hitting 25 runs and Beresford 23.

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