Leaders hand March their fourth defeat

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MARCH Town slumped again to a fourth successive defeat against Cambs Tucker League leaders Foxton by 111 runs on Saturday.

Once again it was their batting that let them down when they were bowled out for 91 to follow scores of 96, 107 and 96 in the previous three games.

It is very frustrating for skipper Chris Ringham who knows his side are capable of getting much bigger scores but just do not have the application at present on the damp wickets.

March won the toss and put the home side in and got themselves in a very good position in the first two overs with Ringham and Tyler Phillips picking up a wicket each to leave Foxton at two wickets for four runs and then 22 for three with a second Ringham success.

But the experienced Lawrence Farnum 46 and Chris Pepper 64no got the league leaders back on track and they eventually finished with 202 for seven off their 48 overs. Ringham took two for 48 and Aussie Ryan Meyer 2-30 and in-form spinner James Harradine bowled 16 overs conceding just 29 runs and taking one wicket to keep the score down.

With the wicket drying it was not an impossible target for March to reach, but they lost Carl Chapman early on, but then Tom Howgego 16 and Ryan Meyer 16 looked solid and even when they departed there was still hope at 61-3 off 24 overs, but Matt Vail 22 was caught with a one-handed catch at short leg – after hitting four boundaries, including a six during his 31-ball stay at the crease and then the collapse followed.

The last six batsmen contributed just 19 runs and March were all out for 91.

Ringham said: “It was a good toss to win and we got a much better start than I could have imagined, but they recovered well – as you would expect from a team at the top of the table.

“We are struggling and things just did not go for us. Every time they got an edge it did not go to hand but raced for four off a quick outfield. We also must have been within a couple of inches of hitting the wickets several times in the first 10 overs.

“We started well in reply but once again we had a batting collapse and only three players reached double figures. We play Godmanchester next at home and hopefully our luck will change against a side we did well against last season.”

March seconds made it back-to-back wins in CCA Senior League Division 1 against Kimbolton at The Avenue with a three wicket victory coming with just 10 balls to spare.

All rounder Richard Green 17 cleared the ropes with what was the last hit of the game, having figured in an unbeaten eighth wicket stand of 21 runs with Nathan Oliver 16 no. Earlier acting-skipper Rob Moden struck a quick 25, David Haslegrave 23 and Aussie debutant Josh Cother 22 in the 138 for seven winning total.

Kimbolton were confined to 136 for four with some tight bowling from Greg Short 2-31 off 12 overs, Stuart Mills 1-23 and Toby Nulty 1-12.

March thirds also picked up a second successive second win on the trot by a comfortable seven wickets against nine-man Haddenham in CCA Junior League Division 2A.

Haddenham were bowled out for 70 with two wickets apiece for Matt Hubbard, off-spinner Stuart Fox and opening bowler Lewis Hilliard.

Anthony Henson 42 shared in a second wicket stand of 67 with Jamie Stimpson (19) in the 71-3 winning score at the Neale Wade, in what was the team’s first home game of the season.

On Sunday March firsts enjoyed a very good win by 22 runs against Bourne in Rutland League Division One.

March won the toss and batted first and looked in trouble at 40 for three after Ben Pyle had scored 27. But then Dave Haslegrave 37 and Scott Welcher 24 put on 61 for the fourth wicket and March reached 158 all out.

Bourne made a very good start with 70 runs on the board for no loss after 12 overs. But spinners Ryan Meyer (3-13) and Richard Green (2-36) bowled in tandem to pick up five wickets for 49 runs in 24 overs. Stu Mills also picked up three wickets for 33 and Callum Young two for 43.

Skipper Stu Mills said: “It was a very good game of cricket and a very good win.”

An opening stand of 71 between youngster Nathan Foad 40 and captain Stephen Wallis 22 laid the foundations for March seconds’ 93-run win in the Fenland Trophy on Sunday on a very slow wicket at Somersham.

Apart from the openers the only other March player to reach double figures was Jacob Gray with 16 as March totalled 144-9 in their allotted 40 overs.

However, after tea the visitors soon had Somersham in trouble taking five wickets in the first six overs, eventually bowling Somersham out for only 51 in the 17th over.

Youngsters Sam Mason and Ashley Payne grabbed three wickets each, while experienced thirds captain Matt Hubbard took 2-6 in his four-over spell.