March in batting crisis

MARCH Town are suffering a real batting crisis at present as they lost a third successive Cambs Tucker League game when they failed to muster even 100 runs.

There is certainly very little wrong with the team’s bowling as they reduced Camden to 125 all out and looked to have a very good chance of a second win this season.

Australian Ryan Meyer led the way with four wickets for 30, Chris Ringham 3-30, Tyler Phillips 2-29 and James Harradine took one for 11 off 10 overs with Camden 49 for five at one point.

A target of 126 in 48 overs really should have been child’s play to a side of March’s quality, but there is just no confidence with the bat at present. They lost their first wicket with just two runs on the board and although Tom Howgego and Ryan Meyer put on 33 for the next wicket they soon tumbled after and March were all out for 96.

Meyer top scored with 24 and only Matt Vail and Phillips reached double figures.

Skipper Chris Ringham said: “It was another disappointing performance. We looked to be in a very good position chasing 125 but it was poor batting with a lack of application again.

“We take on top of the table Foxton on Saturday and that will be a very big test for us. We have the quality in the side to be doing a lot better and we need to turn things around with the bat quickly.”

March seconds fared much better than the first team beating Camden seconds by seven wickets in CCA Senior Division One.

For the second week running Callum Young stole the plaudits with a fine all-rounders’ performance taking three wickets for 41 runs and then scoring 66 before retiring hurt.

Camden scored 140 for nine with Tom Nulty 2-13 and Richard Green 2-41 also among the wickets. March in reply got off to a good start with openers Young, hitting his first half-century in adult cricket, and Rob Moden 29 and then John Wallis hit 31 not out out. March won easily with almost 14 overs to go.

March thirds came out on top by 60 runs in the local derby against Wisbech thirds in CCA Junior 2a.

March scored 266 all out with the Hilliard brothers to the fore again. James hit 88 and put on 153 for the first wicket with Dennis Furnell 51. Lewis Hilliard 38 and Anthony Henson 22 also contributed to the very good total.

Teenager Brodie Ellis was the best of the Wisbech bowlers with four for 55 and Ryan Van Waterschoot took two for 61.

Ollie Short, a 14-year-old, was top scorer in Wisbech’s reply hitting 57 and featured in a good second wicket partnership with 15-year-old Harry Johnson 36. But they were 206 for eight at the end of 40 overs. Lewis Hilliard took three for 23 off eight overs and Jacob Gray and James Shepherd also picked up two wickets each.

The games on Sunday were cancelled.