MARCH Town moved into third place in the Cambs Tucker League with a dramatic six-run win against second placed St Ives for their third win of the season.
St Ives needed just seven runs off the last over with two wickets in hand but Shardul Brahmbhatt took two wickets with his third and fourth balls of the last over to win the game for March.
Earlier March had scored 178 all out in 44 overs giving St Ives the bonus of four extra overs which in the end helped March take the 25 points.
Jivan Lotay, playing his last game for the club along with the other Cambridge University player Rob Woolley, top scored with 63, an innings that included nine fours and a six.
Carl Chapman also contributed a very valuable 30 runs late on. In the end it was a bad total on the wicket and in poor cricket weather with drizzle and winds to contend with.
St Ives always kept themselves in touch despite the bowling of Matt Wilcox with four wickets for 36 off 16 overs with Lotay two for 47 accounting for the top six and Brahmbhatt 3-43.
There was also a sensational run out with Rob Tombs scoring a hit direct from the boundary for a most important run out at 171 for seven. Brahmbhatt then did the rest.
March skipper Chris Ringham said: “They gave us a few runs early on and then we contrived to give them a few wickets back which has been the story of our batting this season.
“I thought around 180 on the track would be a decent score but I did not expect them to get so close and the extra four overs worked to our advantage in the end. Matt Wilcox again bowled very well and Shardul came up with the last two important wickets in the final over.
“It was a very good 25 points in the circumstances and it is nice to see us in third place in the table.
“Woolley and Lotay have now played their last games for the season but there is an outside chance they could be back next season, especially Lotay.
“Not only have they contributed with bat and ball but also their experience has helped me with field placing and change bowling.”
March firsts did not fare so well on Sunday when they lost by eight wickets to Peterborough Town in the Rutland League Division One.
Ringham’s team were bowled out for just 126 with Wilcox the main contributor with 55 after March had been 65 for one.
But March embarrassingly lost four wickets to full tosses with some poor shots.
Town had few problems knocking off the runs in 24 overs.
March seconds middle order saved the day with 92 runs off the final 10 overs to beat Horseheath by 65 runs in CCA Senior League Division 1.
Skipper John Wallis and Richard Green put on 58 runs in just six overs help reach 218-7. Wallis finished on 34 not out and Green 33 not out, with Andy Wright chipping in with a timely 21, as the visitors appeared to wilt in the field.
Matty Vail hit a very fine 79 at the top of the order, as wickets tumbled around him. The stylish left-hander cracked 13 boundaries, including a six as the total went from 64-3 to 125-6.
Callum Young took four wickets in his second spell to slow up the visitors, who were dismissed for 153 as he took four for 34 off 12 overs.
Earlier, Stuart Mills had taken the first two wickets to fall, with Wright and Stuart Arnold also bagging a brace.
March fourths are finding it a struggle so far this season and suffered a 94-run defeat away to Witcham seconds in CCA Junior League Division 5A.
Manuj Patel picked up 3-24 during his fine 10 over spell, as the home side made 218-6. But in reply only skipper Bill Hilliard (40 no) put up any resistance in the 124 all out total. He eventually came in at seven after the loss of three wickets inside the first six overs.
Patel chipped in with 15 runs and teenager Brett Tinnion 14.