MARCH Town finally got their Cambs Tucker League campaign underway at the fourth attempt on Saturday and had a very comfortable 88-run win against Saffron Walden seconds.
The only worry for skipper Chris Ringham was whether they could bowl out Walden in the allotted overs but young Tyler Phillips picked up two crucial last wickets to claim the 25 points and fourth spot in the table.
March had their previous three league games rained off but it did not show when they were put into bat.
Openers Carl Chapman 50 and Tom Howgego 34 put on 96 for the first wicket in 104 minutes and then James Harradine 34 no, Ryan Meyer 20 off 23 balls and Matty Vail 19 also chipped in for eight overs.
Ringham came on himself with the new ball and took three of the first four wickets as Saffron Walden struggled after starting at 31-0. Meyer came back into the attack and picked up three wickets before Phillips finished with three wickets for 19.
Ringham said: “It was just a relief to get a game in and come away with a win. We got a brilliant start from the openers but everyone chipped in for the win which was very encouraging too. Tyler bowled really well to claim the last wickets.
“It was a worry about getting them out especially when I took a wicket with a no ball.”
March’s second and third team games were called off but the fourth team enjoyed an eight wicket win against Somersham 2nds in CCA Junior League Division 4A thanks to a second wicket stand of 108 between teenagers Toby Nulty 62 no and Daniel Woods 61 in a total of 147-2.
Somersham had scored 146 for four with former skipper Glen Hulley taking two for nine off four overs.
On Sunday March firsts lost by 33 runs against Oundle in Rutland Division One after having them at 100 for eight at one stage.
Oundle made a very good recovery with the impressive Petrus Jefta hitting 81 and reached 170 for nine.
March made a brilliant start with openers David Hodson 71 and John Gilson 31 putting on 100 for the first wicket, but once that first wicket went it all went wrong.
The batting collapse followed and March were back in the pavilion with just 137 on the board with no other batsman reaching double figures.
Skipper Stu Mills said: “We did not bat very well after the opening stand but they are a very good side and will win the league.”
Chatteris and Leverington had their Saturday games cancelled.