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Free-scoring March CC ‘Tuck’ into highest total

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Sam Freedman’s unbeaten 130 helped March Town steamroller basement boys Weston Colville by 158 runs – having chalked up what is thought to be March’s highest Tucker League total ever.

The Aussie rescued the visitors at 64-4 in Division Two and, together with Ben Pyle (65), enjoyed a 125-run fifth wicket romp in the overall total of 332-8. Skipper Tyler Phillips added 45 runs against a side they beat by nine wickets at home the previous week.

Once again Anthony Palmer took two early wickets before leg-spinner Toby Nulty (4-31), young Sam Clarke (2-23) and Matty Vail (2-46) helped complete the demolition of the home side for 174 for second-spot March.

In Division One, Sam Rippington is finding Wisbech’s captaincy easy. Rippington took over following the resignation of Sam Albutt and has overseen two wins in two games, against leaders Foxton and now Eaton Socon.

Socon slipped from 76-1 to 162 all out, a collapse started by Brodie Ellis (3-31), and Wisbech stormed to a nine-wicket success with Gary Freear (85 not out) leading the way.

Freear faced just 95 balls and struck 11 fours and a six. He shared stands of 63 with Danny Haynes (27) and 103 with Jack Hargreaves (29no).

Freear and Hargreaves also took two wickets apiece for a side who have now moved up to fifth.

Scores, Division One: Wisbech beat Eaton Socon by 9 wkts

Eaton Socon 162 (J. Carpenter 46, M. Pateman 42, B. Ellis 3-29, J. Hargreaves 2-5, G. Freear 2-31). Wisbech 166-1 (G. Freear 85no, J. Hargreaves 29no, D. Haynes 27).

March 2nd XI face back-to-back relegations following a heavy 101-run defeat at The Avenue against a 10-man Old Leysians side in CCA Senior League Division 2.

Even with two regular first teamers within the ranks, the home side wilted in the field – Old Leysians having been 60-2 after 23 overs.

Steve Coe came in at number seven to hit his side’s highest score in reply.

Old Leysians 216-4, 45 overs (Stuart Arnold 2-48), March 2nd 115 all out (Steve Coe 35, James Harradine 17, Steve Hinson 16).

A five-wicket haul from skipper Andy Wright helped the Sunday 1st XI to a comfortable 76-run Rutland League Division 2 victory away to King’s Keys.

March 173 all out (Ben Chapman 35, Brandon Phillips 22, Adam Conyard 22, Brett Tinnion 16), King’s Keys 97 all out (Andy Wright 5-20, Steve Coe 4-33).

lWisbech all-rounder James Williams rolled back the years to help Cambridgeshire to a respectable first innings score in their Unicorns Championship match against Cumberland in Netherfield on Sunday.

Williams, a late call-up, cracked 68 batting at number seven as Cambs were dismissed for 260. Williams struck seven fours and a six in his 114-ball knock.

Wisbech wicket-keeper Josh Bowers hit 13 and Sam Rippington scored three batting at number 11.

The game is scheduled to finish today.

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