The Cambs Premier League derby between Wisbech Town and March Town was curtailed after heavy rain
Rain ruined the eagerly-awaited second Cambs Premier League local derby clash of 2021 between Wisbech Town and March Town on Saturday - ensuring an anti-climactic end to the season.
Hosts Wisbech CC were 154-4 at the 29-over mark, after March had won the toss and elected to field, when the game was abandoned at Harecroft Road.
Openers Danny Haynes and Gary Freear started well, with 27 and 43 respectively. March pegged them back from 72-0 to 84-4 with Sam Albutt falling first ball, but home skipper James Williams and Jonny Garner, both not out 33, were developing a useful stand of 70.
Samuel Clarke (10-0-38-4) had grabbed all the wickets. Both teams earned seven points and ended the Whiting & Partners Division 1 campaign with respectable finishes: fourth for Wisbech on 375 points and sixth for March on 298.
Freear is second in the division’s runs tally table on 835. Saranga Rajaguru was March’s highest total scorer on 478 runs.
Basement side Wisbech 2nds lost their penultimate match at Biggleswade by 11 runs. Biggleswade set 253-7 in 40 overs. Ian Bell bagged 2-38, Joe Dunning 1-50, Tom Buck 2-44 and Jack Woollard 1-37.
Wisbech collapsed from 128-2 to 143 all out in just 30.1 overs. Dom Stannard struck seven fours in his 56, Thomas Hoyle added 22 and Rhys Howell 39.
They are set to be relegated from Whiting & Partners Division 3 and finish at Southill Park on Saturday.
Wisbech Town 3rds, bottom of CCA Junior League 1 North, were defeated by eight wickets at Bottisham-Lode.
Wisbech set 127-5 from 30 overs; Bottisham-Lode were 129-2 from 26.3 overs. No further details were available.
Wisbech 4ths went down to visiting Over 2nds by nine wickets.
Wisbech were dismissed for 86 in 24.1 overs. Gavin Plume hit 26, Gary Alexander was run out for 34 and Lyndon Mallett 18.
That trio scored all of the runs with everyone else on the scorecard down as recording ‘ducks’.
Oliver Overland (1-11) bagged the sole wicket in Over’s 87-1 from 20.2 overs.
Other teams have games to play but Wisbech should be safe from CCA Junior League 4 North relegation.
On Saturday, March 2nds beat Chatteris by four wickets in their CCA Senior League Division 1 derby.
Chatteris posted 142-8 in a reduced 30 overs game. Stuart Porter made 36, Ben Hollis 28, Adam Whiting 18 and Archie Palmer not out 19. Ross Clarke captured 1-24, Tommy Howgego 1-27, James Harradine 1-20, Shae Pooley 3-25, Matthew Vail 1-14 and Joseph Taylor Clark 1-28.
March replied on 144-6 with 11 balls to spare. Robert Tombs guided them home on an unbeaten 44, Lewis Welcher 30, Howgego 39, Harradine 10 and skipper Scott Welcher 12. Shimron Thomas starred with the ball on 3-20, Peter Munns 1-12 and Anton Kaval 1-31.
With one game to go, March are six points ahead of Cambridge NCI in the battle for second position while Chatteris are seven points behind second-from-bottom Abington.
Chatteris 2nds have all but sealed CCA Junior League 3 North promotion with three games remaining through defeating away side Wilburton 2nds by eight wickets.
Wilburton struggled to 118-8 when their 30 overs closed. Luke Matthews took a tidy 1-8, Billy Munns 2-24, Andrew Wool 1-25 and Adam Elliott 2-10.
The top three made short work of it as Chatteris 2nds raced to 124-2 from just 19.3 overs: Ben Perry smashed 44 with seven fours and a six, Oli Bailey 23 and Harry Matthews an unbeaten 40.
Burwell & Exning 4ths conceded versus March 3rds.
Sutton 2nds conceded versus March 4ths.
On Sunday, Group B leaders CSKA defeated March 2nd XI in the Fenland Trophy Ernie Wool Cup B by 116 runs.
A strong CSKA, with Lewis Jackson retiring on 100 reached 206 all out in the final over.
Sam Mason bagged 2-19, Ryan Whittley 2-23, Ioan Foreman 2-49 and Manuj Patel 2-
March’s top five scored nine between them so it was left to Leighton Anthony-Saxby 19 and Nick Pooley 29 to give the hosts some respectability on 90 all out from 28.3 overs.
March Town conceded in the Rutland League versus Barnack.
Sixth-spot Long Sutton 2nds lost at Division 4 East leaders Uffington 2nds by eight wickets.
Long Sutton 2nds were hustled out for 103 in 31 over. Away opener Ajay Jinah hit 18, Mackenzie East 11, Daniel Plant 21 and number nine Steven Milnes top-scored with 33.
Uffington breezed to 105-1 in the 29th over and Milnes (1-17) was the sole wicket-taker.