MARCH TOWN ended their run of four successive Cambs Tucker League defeats with a three-wicket win over Godmanchester, but it came at a cost with skipper Chris Ringham breaking a little finger while fielding.
He will be out of action for at least four weeks leaving Tyler Phillips and Callum Young to open the bowling.
On Saturday Ringham was only too happy to put Godmanchester in on a damp wicket. Ringham 2-34 and Tyler Philips 2-18 soon had Godmanchester struggling as they picked up the first four wickets with only 34 runs on the board.
Right-arm seamer Young, who had a very good weekend, then joined in with another good bowling spell to take four wickets for 27 runs and Aussie Ryan Meyer also helped contain Godmanchester to 95 with two for 11 off seven overs.
James Harradine, who had bowled so well in the two previous games, did not even get a chance to bowl.
Ringham did change his order to try and improve the batting, but it made little difference as the same old frailties surfaced again. They were four wickets down with only 22 on the board and things certainly did not look good at 33 for five.
But Matty Vail 32 and Ben Pyle 37 not out, in only his third first team game since being promoted from the seconds, steadied the ship and put on 57 runs for the sixth wicket to set up the victory.
A delighted skipper Ringham said: “It was an important toss to win and we bowled very well as a team sharing the wickets around with Callum again doing very well.
“We did get ourselves in a bit of trouble early on losing four wickets for 22, but there a couple of poor decisions. Carl Chapman was given leg before and the ball was going down the leg side and Ryan Meyer was given out when the ball did not carry.
“Thankfully Matt Vail and Ben Pyle, who batted exceptionally well, showed the rest of the team how to bat to put us back on track.
“Hopefully we can build on this win when we face another team we have done well against in the past at Ramsey next weekend.”
March seconds put in a good all round performance to beat Thriplow away by five wickets in CCA Senior League Division 1.
Student Josh Jackman, back from university, picked up the first three wickets for 20 runs to put the home side on the back foot early on and they were bowled out for 121. Toby Nulty also claimed three wickets and Stuart Mills and Richard Green weighed in with two each.
March had few problems in reply. David Hodson led the way with 39, and in-form duo James Hilliard and David Haslegrave both hit 26 runs in the 124-5 winning score.
Scott Welcher 69 was in top form to set March thirds up for a top-of-the-table victory against CCA Junior League Division 2A leaders Needingworth, who were beaten for the first time this season by 69 runs.
Welcher, dropped without scoring, went on to figure in a 69-run fifth wicket stand with teenager Brett Tinnion (26), as the visitors recovered from 25-3 to finish 180 all out.
Thriplow found that target too many and were dismissed for 111 in the 38th over.
Off-spinner Stuart Fox took four wickets for 25, after Stuart Arnold and Greg Short had reduced the run-rate to a trickle. Short finished with two wickets, as did skipper Matt Hubbard.
The fourth team were handed a victory when Castor thirds called off.
Callum Young was the star of the show again on Sunday when March firsts won a very low-scoring game against Stamford in Rutland Division One by 13 runs.
March were bowled out for just 75 runs with Ryan Meyer top scoring with 24 runs.
But March took a Stamford wicket in the first over and Young ripped through the heart of their batting taking six for 14 off 7.2 overs. Josh Jackman also picked up two wickets for 23 and Meyer one for 10 as the home side collapsed to 62 all out.
Skipper Stu Mills said: “I was quite surprised that the ball was moving all over the place. We did look to be staring defeat in the face and that makes the win that more fantastic.
“Callum has bowled brilliantly again and taking a wicket in the first over gave us belief.”
March seconds were handed a 10-wicket win in the Fenland Trophy after Doddington defaulted after being unable to raise a team.