STEVE Seymour took six wickets including a hat-trick as March Town stormed to a fourth successive Cambs Tucker League win by beating St Ives by eight wickets on Saturday.
Australian Seymour enjoyed a purple patch for two seasons as the club’s overseas player in 2008-09 but his performance at the weekend was undoubtedly his best for the club as he demolished the St Ives batting.
Not bad for someone who had enjoyed himself in Magaluf for four days before the game.
It was his fourth appearance for the club while he is on holiday in this country and he has finished on the winning side every time.
Before Saturday he had only bowled a couple of times, but he was at top speed and accurate and proved just about unplayable for the St Ives batsmen as he claimed six wickets in six overs for 12 runs and they were bowled out for just 70 runs in 27 overs.
Tyler Phillips has already taken two wickets for six runs off seven overs and Josh Jackman had also taken a wicket with St Ives at 33 for three.
Seymour then came on as first change and had taken two wickets before a sensational sixth over when he claimed a wicket with his first ball and then took a hat-trick of wickets with his third, fourth and fifth balls. The final victim was local sports reporter Rob Setchell.
March had few problems knocking off the required runs with Seymour playing his part again with 36 runs, Ryan Meyer 20 not out and Carl Chapman 17 not out as the runs were gathered in 11.2 overs and the game was finished by 3.30pm
John Gilson, who has now had five wins and a draw against Wisbech since taking over from the injured Chris Ringham, was naturally delighted and said: “It was a fabulous performance from Steve and showed just what a good cricketer he is. We have not bowled him much before because our young bowlers have been in such good form. But Callum Young was working and Steve came on as first change after Tyler Phillips, who again bowled well, had taken two wickets.
“Earlier this season we lost heavily to both Sawston and St Ives and it shows how much we have improved by beating both those teams who were third and fourth in the table very easily in the last two games.”
March face Camden this weekend.
March seconds saw their CCA Senior Division 1 promotion hopes take another setback with a 129-run defeat at Great Shelford.
Great Shelford were put into bat and scored 211 for six with Stuart Arnold and Richard Green picking up a couple of wickets each.
March struggled in reply and were all out for just 82 with over half the runs coming from skipper James Harradine 22 and vice-captain Rob Moden (20) who were also the only players to make double figures.
March thirds were thankful to 16-year-old Toby Nulty’s 73 not out in their 51-run victory over Sutton in CCA Junior League Division 2A, on their only visit to The Avenue this season.
The young all-rounder came in at six and struck his runs off the final 15 overs, with Pat Ringham (32), Andy Bryan (26) and Jamie Stimpson (24), March totalled 199-5.
Sutton made a disastrous start against Nulty and Greg Short, with both openers back in the pavilion before a run had been scored.
At 94 for nine they looked well beaten, but a brilliant undefeated 40 from skipper James Nuttal boosted the final total to 148 with a few scares along the way for March.
Short finished with three for 27, skipper Matt Hubbard three for 47 and off-spinner Stuart Fox two for 49.
March fourths were handed the points in CCA Junior 4A when Castor could not raise a team.
March firsts could certainly have done with Seymour on Sunday when they lost by 139 runs against top of the table Bourne in Rutland Division One.
Bourne scored a mammoth 291 for seven in their 45 overs with Josh Jackman taking three for 61.
Ryan Meyer propped up the March reply with a top score of 62 and Lewis Hilliard 22 as they were all out for 152.
March seconds won their Ernie Wool Trophy match against Wisbech at the avenue on Sunday by five wickets with 8.1 overs to spare.
Wisbech scored 129-5 in their allotted 40 overs with Toby Nulty two for 26.
March opener and skipper Stephen Wallis was in very good form with a half-century that included seven fours and one six while Nulty hit a breezy 23 not out from 27 balls. Wisbech’s Dave Le Moir bowled eight overs for only 11 runs and bagged two wickets.