March’s hopes take another setback

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MARCH Town’s title hopes took another setback with a second successive defeat in the Cambs Tucker League by 30 runs against Foxton at The Avenue on Saturday.

It was a disappointing batting performance that let them down in a game they really should have won but for some poor shots from the top order batsmen, Matt Wilcox apart.

They did come close to salvaging a losing draw when a disputed leg before against Tom Howgego off the fifth ball of the final over brought their innings to a close but that would have been scant consolation.

Foxton, celebrating their first win of the season, batted first and reached 200 for nine off their 48 overs but that total would have been considerably reduced if their tail had not wagged after they were 160 for eight at one stage.

Matt Wilcox, Chris Ringham and Tyler Phillips picked up two wickets apiece but Rob Wolley, who had bowled Test star Kevin Pietersen just the day before for Cambridge University, did not bowl after five days of cricket had left him sore.

Australian Wilcox was the star of the March innings hitting over half their runs in his 96 in a total of 170. He and Wolley 20 put on 42 for the first wicket to give March a solid start. They then went to reach 150 for five but the last five wickets went for just 20 runs.

March skipper Ringham commented: “We made a good start and had them at 80 for five but then let them score 60 runs too many.

“I still thought we could chase down their total on the wicket but four out of the top five batsmen gave up their wickets with poor shots. We really could have won all five Cambs games this season but we will now have to pull together and try and put a run of good results together.”

On Sunday the firsts lost a high scoring Rutland Division One game against Oundle by 38 runs.

Oundle scored 287 for four in their 45 overs with Leon le Roux hitting 145.

Wilcox was again in good form with the bat in the March reply with 70 while lower down the order Stuart Mills gave March hope with 76. Rob Tombs 31 and Tyler Phillips 30 also did well as March reached 249 for seven.

March seconds could not follow up their impressive first win of the season when they lost by eight wickets at Great Shelford in CCA Senior League Division 1.

March started their innings well enough at 25 without loss but once Rob Moden went for 18 came the collapse to 50 for seven. Stuart Mills (44) and Richard Green (18) put on 65 runs and March reached 115 all out which was never going to be enough. Green picked up both wickets to fall.

March thirds bounced back to winning form in a last over thriller against Little Downham in CCA Junior League Division 2A.

With five runs needed from the final over at the Neale-Wade, the home side somehow managed to lose two wickets inside the first three balls, only for teenager Toby Nulty to calmly score the required runs off the next two deliveries for a three wicket win against Little Downham. Nulty also picked up four wickets in Little Downham’s 195-8.

Scott Welcher (42), James Hilliard (38), Pat Ringham (36) and Rob Cumming (20) kept the scoreboard ticking over before Nick Peck came in to make a run-a-ball 26 at the death in the 196-7 finish.

The club’s fourth team lost by 15 runs away to Bar Hill seconds in CCA Junior League Division 5A with Ashley Impey top-scoring with 42. He was given support by Dennis Furnell (34) in the all out total of 145 after they had looked like winning when they were in charge at 90-3.

Earlier, Nathan Oliver took 3-33 in the home side’s 159 all out total.