Rivals face derby clash

Cricket action from Nassington v March'Tyler Phillips ENGANL00220120723095044
Cricket action from Nassington v March'Tyler Phillips ENGANL00220120723095044

March Town host Wisbech Town in the second Cambs Tucker League cricket derby of the season between the two rivals on Saturday.

Both teams want to win for different reasons: the home side to restore some pride and champions Wisbech because they are chasing the Division One title again.

Going into the clash at The Avenue (12.30pm, sponsored by Julia Morley), Wisbech are in third place and March seventh.

March skipper Chris Ringham said: “Wisbech are fighting now for the league and I guess will be heading into the game as favourites. Our form against the better teams has been pretty good.

“We will be missing a couple of players but I’m sure the eleven that do get picked will do their best.

“It’s the same for most sports: you get a local derby and form goes out the window.

“I personally wasn’t happy with the performance versus Wisbech earlier in the season, and we’re looking to rectify that.”

Ringham wants to make up for a fair-to-middling season: “It is one of the strongest squads we’ve had for four or five years and we were looking to finish in the top three or four, so to be mid-table is a little bit disappointing.

“We tend to win and lose matches in batches.

“It’s something we can try and improve on next season.”

Callum Young (a March Town FC player) and Tyler Phillips (Ely) will be missing due to football commitments.

Wisbech captain Alan Burton said: “We should be pretty much full-strength as Brad Apted returns.

“Every game is key and a big cup final going towards the end of the season.

“March can beat anyone on their day so we’ve got to turn up and play well.”

Burton said Town still have ambition to progress, and they were beaten in last year’s East Anglian Premier League promotion play-off final: “The season has been really good so far.

“When I was taking over the captaincy the idea was to push up a bit further. The rest of the club is moving forward and going in the right direction.”