March Town CC move to top by beating leaders
March Town CC moved to the top of Cambs Tucker League Division Two on Saturday as bowlers enjoyed The Avenue pitch.
Skipper Tyler Phillips eased his side home by three wickets with an unbeaten 24, in a low-scoring top-of-the-table clash delayed by over an hour due to a wet pitch.
Wisbech ended their three-game Division One losing streak by beating basement side Blunham by 103 runs at Harecroft Road.
Earlier, Phillips had helped bowl the visitors out for 90. Phillips picked up three wickets, as did Sam Freedman, who together with Anthony Palmer, had the league leaders on the rack at 11-5 inside 13 overs!
March also found batting tough and had a seventh wicket partnership of 37 runs between Phillips and Nathan Oliver (9) to thank for their 24 points tally and top spot in the division.
St Ives 90 all out (Freedman 3-6, Phillips 3-17, Palmer 2-12), March 91-7 (Phillips 24no, Tommy Howgego 16).
It all went wrong at the death for the 2nd XI with the loss of four wickets in the final over, which saw them lose by three runs to 10-man Cottenham in CCA Senior League Division 2.
With just 10 runs required in the final three overs, the visitors lost their final five wickets – including that of top-scorer Steve Hinson.
Things hadn’t started well for March when 40 runs came off the opening eight overs, before Stuart Arnold applied the breaks during his eight overs.
Cottenham 115-9 all out (Arnold 2-5, Richard Green 2-20, James Beresford 2-27, Sam Clarke 2-35), March 2nd XI 112 all out (Hinson 47, Green 17, Steve Coe 12).
Poor batting cost the 3rds dearly as they let high-flying Leverington off the hook at Doddington – losing the CCA Junior League Division 2N game by just four runs.
At 36-7, the visitors looked in deep trouble against Manuj Patel.
However, they recovered to 103 all out as new man Kaminski (19) steadied the ship, Dod was stumped for 28, and Usher was bowled for 31.
Ryan Wright and Rob Conyard were the main run-scorers for March, who attempted to blast their way to victory unsuccessfully.
Cooper (10-3-27-2), Buttriss (10-2-34-4) and Carter (4-0-22-2) were the bowling stars, while Gilbert claimed five catches.
Leverington 103 (Manuj Patel 3-5, Charlie Revell 2-34), March 3rd XI 99 all out (Wright 25, Conyard 26).
Former skipper Glen Hulley rolled back the years but even his four wicket haul off just three overs couldn’t prevent the 4ths losing by two wickets away to Milton 3rd XI in CCA Junior League Division 6N.
The home side reached 123-8 to secure maximum points. Top-scorer for March was James Mortlock, who fell one short of his half-century.
March 4th 121 all out (Mortlock 49, Dennis Furnell 22), Milton 3rd XI 123-8 (Hulley 4-13, Derek Waltham 3-19).
Meanwhile, half centuries from Josh Bowers (66) and Gary Freear (51) pushed Wisbech up to 233-9 in their 50 overs against a Blunham team who have yet to win this season.
Both batsmen scored at exactly a run a ball with Bowers striking two sixes and six fours and Freear hitting one six and six fours.
Blunham were dismissed for 130 in reply with Jamie Gollands (3-31) and Silas Mutubaki (3-35) the most successful bowlers.
Wisbech beat Blunham by 103 runs
Wisbech 233-9 (J. Bowers 66, G. Freear 51, S. Rippington 21). Blunham 130 (J. Gollands 3-31, S. Mutubaki 3-35, H. Drew 2-22).