STEVE Seymour showed just what March Town had been missing when he hit a century in the first of his four games while on holiday in England.
The Australian, who was a big success as an overseas player with the club for two seasons in 2008-9, only arrived in the country on Friday and admitted: “It was my first game since the middle of March and I was a bit too rusty to start with.
“It was good to score a few runs for March again and help win the game to push them up the league. It was also nice to meet up with old friends and I will be available to play three more games.”
It was the Australian’s impressive knock which proved the platform for a 63-run win at Saffron Walden seconds and a second successive 25-point haul in the Cambs Tucker League.
Seymour took up the opening bat role when John Gilson won the toss and decided to bat on a wicket full of runs. March soon lost David Hodson but he was replaced by March’s current overseas player Ryan Meyer and Seymour’s presence seemed to bring the best out of him too.
Seymour holds a British passport so that allowed March to play the two fellow countrymen, who put on 117 for the second wicket. Meyer hit his highest score on a Saturday with 52 and Ben Pyle contributed 26.
March finished with 239 for nine off their 48 overs and it was then left to the in-form Tyler Phillips to set about the home batting. He had a five-wicket haul with all of them bowled to finish with five for 27 off 10.1 overs. Callum Young picked up two wickets for 30 runs and Meyer two for 57 and Seymour was also given five overs and picked up one for 25.
A delighted skipper John Gilson said: “Steve has given us a timely bonus and his presence was a real boost for everyone especially some of the younger players who had not played with him before.
“He batted very well considering he had not played for some time and only arrive here just over a day before. I used the younger lads, who had been bowling well, first but then gave Steve five overs at the end and he came up with a wicket although he was feeling tired.
“It is very good to have had two 25-point wins in successive weeks after we have really been underachieving this season. Steve has got another three games on Saturdays with us before he returns and hopefully he can continue in this sort of form against Sawston next week.”
Another player returning from Australia was chairman Les Mills’ son Andrew who helped March seconds to a last over win against Longstanton to remain at the top of CCA Senior League Division 1.
Longstanton were bowled out for 159 with Andy Wright picking up four wickets and skipper James Harradine three.
In a very tense and exciting finish March pulled off the win with just one wicket in hand and only four balls remaining.
Mills hit 29 while Rob Moden 35 and James Hilliard 30 also helped March achieve a very good win.
Unfortunately this will be Mills’ only appearance before he returns Down Under.
March thirds enjoyed a four-wicket win against Pymoor in CCA Junior 2A.
Pymoor scored at a quick rate early on but finished 172 all out with Stuart Arnold picking up three wickets for 40 and Toby Nulty three for 57 and Jordan Morgan two for 40, Jamie Shepherd two for 21.
Nulty was also in good form with the bat and hit 49 runs, but he was upstaged by Anthony Henson with 53 not out as March went on to reach 174 for six.
A young March seconds had a comfortable 113-run victory over a visiting development side from Spalding at The Avenue on Sunday with Daniel Woods and Jacob Gray taking the limelight.
Opener Woods stroked his way to an impressive 79, while the left arm medium pace bowler Gray bagged four wickets for 12 runs in four overs, which included a hat-trick in his 3rd over.
Along with Woods, Toby Nulty 29 and wicketkeeper Lewis Welcher 24 not out, helped the home side to a score of 167-6 in their 36 overs.
Spalding struggled against the March attack and crumbled to 54 all out with Josh Fox and debutant young spinner Cameron Williams also both taking three wickets each.