March Town crashed to their sixth Tucker Gardner defeat in seven matches to Nassington by seven wickets on Saturday.
Aussie import Steve Seymour weighed in with 54 after opening the batting while No. 5 Tyler Phillips top-scored with his maiden Tucker League half-century (72 not out in 102 balls) and batted well in a 30 stand with Toby Nulty.
Skipper Chris Ringham, who was unable to bowl through injury, said: “We tried to mix it up by batting first. I was quite happy with the 184-7 total because the pitch was doing a bit, but it proved not to be enough.
“Dropped catches came back to haunt us. I think we dropped two or three in the top order – which are always crucial – all off Steve, who didn’t deserve his figures of 0-36.”
“Fair play to Nassington, who batted well and got the runs with ease.”
Top bowler on the day was Callum Young with 2-35; Josh Jackman 1-25.
Ringham said: “We’ve now got to sit down and pick a team to beat Foxton who are one of our bogey teams. I should be picking from 15 players because a couple more are available and because the Seconds have now finished their season by beating Chatteris.
“We’ve got two tough home games to finish the season in Foxton and Wisbech.”
The 2nd Xl look as though they will be playing CCA Senior League Division 1 cricket again next season after an excellent three wicket win against close rivals Chatteris Town, at Wenny Road.
The visitors couldn’t have got off to a better start when Stuart Mills bowled prolific run-scorer Kurt Cunningham first ball of the match. Chatteris recovered to 110-1 at drinks, at which time March switched wicketkeepers. On came Ben Pyle to bowl and he finished with 3-35 in the home side’s 173-8, Mills finishing with 3-26.
Pyle then made 49 in the March reply, with Nathan Oliver scoring 31 and James Hilliard a brisk 26. But at 126-6 up stepped teenager Cameron Williams with 18 and Chris Peckett with 19 not out to see them home.
The 3rds’ middle order exploded into life on the final day, as the team recorded its biggest win of the season in CCA Junior League Division 2N over visitors Abbots Ripton by 135 runs and surviving double relegation to Division 4.
Fifteen-year-olds Adam Conyard (41) and Josh Fox (37) featured in the 246-9 total, with Stuart Fox (38), James Shepherd (31), Anthony Henson (29) and James Beresford (28) the other main run-scorers.
Both skipper Matt Hubbard and left-armer James Shepherd picked up four wickets apiece in the Abbots Ripton reply of 101 all out - Stuart Fox taking 2-16.