March’s best display earns quick-fire win

Cricket Action - March Town vs Wisbech. Chris Ringham bowls for March Town.
Cricket Action - March Town vs Wisbech. Chris Ringham bowls for March Town.

MARCH Town produced one of their best performances of the season to beat Ramsey by a comfortable seven wickets and remain clear leaders of the Cambs Tucker Premier Division.

With Foxton beating Godmanchester, March now have a 28-point lead over those two clubs with six games to go.

It was Ramsey who won the toss and elected to bat on a green looking wicket.

But they were soon to regret that decision when after reaching 32-1 the wickets began to tumble with skipper Chris Ringham taking six wickets, for the third time this season, for 45 runs, Matt Wilcox took two for 30 and Stuart Mills was denied a hat-trick when an inside edge narrowly missed the stumps. His two wickets cost just eight runs.

March had few problems getting the 88 runs needed in 16.4 overs with Wilcox 22, Tom Howgego 23 and Carl Chapman 20.

A delighted Ringham said: “We had the game won by 4pm and quite unusually took tea at the end of the match. It was perhaps our best performance this season.

“Our fielding was a lot sharper than last week and to bowl out a team like Ramsey for 87 was very good.

“We have just six games left but Shardul Brahmbhatt has returned to India and will not be back until the last game and Rob Tombs will also miss next week against Granta seconds.

“Granta have a habit of playing out for a draw so it will be an important toss to win next week.”

Ed Batt and Dave Tufnail made their first appearances of the season and helped inspire March seconds to a comfortable eight-wicket win against Balsham at The Avenue in CCA Senior League Division One.

Batt crashed an unbeaten 56 on his club debut and hit a magnificent six to win the game.

Tufnail took three for 20 off 12 overs. The visitors were bowled out for 110 despite a number of dropped catches, with Callum Young taking 3-26.

Surprise opener James Beresford scored 25 before Batt and David Haslegrave (21no) came together for an unbeaten match-winning third wicket stand of 63.

March thirds will do well to avoid relegation in CCA Junior League Division 2A, after they lost by 68 runs in the bottom of the table clash at Soham.

Soham were all out for 149 thanks to three run outs and wickets from Neil Alger (3-36) and Toby Nulty (2-48).

But yet again a good March batting line-up on paper were torn to shreds – 80 all out, with Jamie Stimpson making 31.

March fourths, who have suffered two consecutive relegations, still top CCA Junior League Division 5A but have not hit a ball in anger for over three weeks!

Soham seconds were the latest side to default on them, taking their total of cancelled games for the season to four.

On Sunday March firsts beat Uppingham by 70 runs in the Rutland League Division One and are now in fourth pace.

University student Josh Jackman scored a superb 89 and shared a fifth wicket partnership of 94 with 16-year-old Tyler Phillips 31. March ended with 208 for nine off their 45 overs.

In reply Uppingham were bowled out for 138. Pick of the bowlers were 15-year-old Toby Nulty three for 10 and Jim Harradine three for 17. Phillips, just back from injury, bowled a fast spell of 6 overs taking 1 for 14.