March Town CC kept the pressure on the leaders by defeating Cambridge NCI by 30 runs and gaining a maximum 25 points.
March skipper Chris Ringham thought the pitch at The Avenue looked greener with more grass on it than usual.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, he still backed his side to make 200 when winning the toss, but had to settle for 149-8 after being 47-4.
The only batsman in the top five to make double figures was number four Tyler Phillips who top-scored with 42, and included eight fours. He then took 2-20 with the ball.
“As usual we did it the hard way again,” said Ringham. “The tail wagged for us with number eight Andy Wright scoring 29 not out and number ten Jon Gilson 18 not out.”
The pair put on an undefeated ninth wicket partnership of 30.
“We bowled, fielded and caught really well. We had them at 43-6 but their left hander hit an unorthodox 50 not out and at one point looked like they could win it.
“However Tyler took two wickets in two balls – their numbers nine and ten – to settle it.”
Ringham and Steve Seymour shared six wickets, while Tommy Howgego finished matters with a diving catch off the bowling of Josh Jackman. NCI were finally bowled out for 119.
March next week at Waresley will miss the holidaying Phillips but should have James Harradine back.
Rob Moden will be out for four to six weeks with an aggravated knee ligament injury which Ringham described as a “big loss”.
The 3rd XI lost by seven wickets to Cambridge NCI 4ths on a baking-hot day at Parker’s Piece.
March were soon bowled out for 95 and were gifted 30 extras by the NCI bowlers. Matt Hubbard (22) and Nathan Foad (16) were the only batsmen to reach double figures.
NCI were reduced to 29-2 in their reply with skipper Hubbard (2-15 from 10 overs) claiming both wickets.
James Shepherd conceded only 10 runs from his 10 overs, but NCI reached their target with the loss of only three wickets.
March Town Cricket Club Junior Section held their presentation evening on Friday.
The awards were made by president Mike Wallis assisted by club chairman Les Mills.
Under 15: Batsman of year Adam Conyard. Bowler Luke Green. Manager’s player of year Scott Wicks. U13: Batsman Will Curtis. Bowler Isaac Saywell. Manager’s Doug Furlong. U11: Batsman Geoff Kirby. Bowler Daniel Bradshaw. Manager’s Megan Tombs.
Back, from left: Luke Green, Will Curtis, Les Mills (chairman), Adam Conyard, Doug Furlong. Front: Geoff Kirby, Isaac Saywell, Daniel Bradshaw (missing: Scott Wicks, Megan Tombs).