March go top after thriller

March Town went top of the Cambs Tucker Premier League Division One cricket table after they beat visitors Godmanchester by just one wicket in a thriller at the Avenue.

The hosts thought they had done the hard work by winning the toss and dismissing Godmanchester in swinging conditions for 64 in 29 overs led by captain Chris Ringham’s 5-23.

March were 37-7 and 43-8 before wicketkeeper John Gilson and Tyler Phillips added 15 for the ninth wicket, while Gilson and Ringham scraped victory at 65-9.

James Harradine top-scored with 11, which included a six.

Ringham said: “I think I’ve just calmed down! Tyler batted and bowled well.

“He got their Indian overseas batsman out with the last ball of his first spell (as an under 19 Phillips is allowed maximum seven-over spells) and got a wicket with the first ball of his second.

“We had 68 overs to get the runs and impatience set in. The pitch was a little bit damp, but not nearly enough to earn all the wickets that were falling.

“It was a good toss to win as the ball was swinging all over, which was ideal for me.”

Left-armer Ringham hit the stumps three times, Phillips took 3-21 and Steve Seymour 2-15.

Next weekend Matty Vail returns from holiday for when March travel to Caistor.

Andrew Wright picked up a five-wicket haul at Fulbourn but it could not prevent the 2nd Xl losing by 33 runs in CCA Senior League Division 1.

Wright and Stuart Mills had the hosts at 47-6, only for three spilled chances to allow them to post 146-9.

Wright finished with 5-57 thanks to a superb running catch by teenager Adam Conyard and Mills returned figures of 3-15 off his 12 overs.

March slumped to 13-4. Together with Jamie Stimpson (30), Mills (40) put on 56 for the fifth wicket in the final total of 113-8.

Teenager Josh Fox was unbeaten on 15.

The 3rd Xl again only fielded 10 players in the eight-wicket CCA Junior League Division 2N reversal to Cottenham 2nd Xl.

Electing to bat first, March recovered from 23-4 to finish on 125 all out, Greg Short 31 and Jacob Gray 28.

Gray took two wickets to fall as the visitors won with three and half overs to spare.

Aussie Steve Seymour’s century could not prevent the 1st Xl being defeated by eight wickets to Peterborough Town in Rutland League Division 1.

Seymour hit 101 out of 153, with teenager Toby Nulty scoring 29. Peterborough reached the target in just 20.4 overs.

The Sunday 2nds lost by five wickets in the Fenland Trophy after being bowled out by Witcham for 110.

Adam Conyard (15) scored 23 and 14-year-old left hander Curtis Oldroyd made 27.

Witcham were 49-4 but passed their target in the 29th over with Jacob Gray taking 2-18.