MARCH Town blazed the trail as Cambs Tucker league leaders for most of last cricket season but just faltered towards the end of the campaign to drop to fourth place.
Skipper Chris Ringham is not brash enough to make any startling predictions for his season as the performances of new Australian import Ryan Meyer could well depend on their success.
Fellow countryman Matt Wilcox had an outstanding season last year, but Meyer certainly has the potential to be a very good addition to Ringham’s squad.
It has not been easy to show what he is capable of with bat and ball in the friendlies with slow wickets and very cold conditions but Ringham certainly feels happy with what he has seen so far.
“He played first grade cricket in Australia and he has settled in well and I am sure as soon as the temperatures increase we will see some good performances from him with bat and ball.”
Definitely a bonus for Ringham is that Shardul Brahmbhatt is available from the start of this season and he is a crucial player for not only March’s batting but also his off spin bowling can also be lethal too.
With Wilcox gone, Ringham is likely to be open the bowling with young prospect Tyler Philips and the skipper commented: “He has bowled well in the games so far and I am sure he will do well.”
Ringham is also hoping to have Cambridge University player Javier Lotai for the first six games of the season too.
“I would like to think we would be up there again but there are some good teams and last season’s champions Ramsey have apparently strengthened their side while Wisbech will have James Williams back and that will be like signing two new players.
“We had a very good run last season but then Wilcox could not bowl because of injury and we had one or two players missing towards the end of the season.”
March had a good win over Downham on Saturday with Matty Vail hitting 50 not out in a five-wicket success at The Avenue.
Vail pulled things round after March had been 39-4 at one stage with Tommy Howgego 19 and Rob Tombs 14 giving support as they reached 133 for five.
Shardul Brahmbhatt had taken five for 28 with his off-spin with Meyer and James Harradine taking two wickets each in Downham’s 132 for nine.
Ringham said: “It was a good performance and we fielded a lot better this week.
“All bowlers did well and this should give us confidence to go into the first league game of the season at Nassington on Saturday.”