Seymour signs off with four in a row

Head and shoulders of Steve Seymour
Head and shoulders of Steve Seymour

STEVE Seymour bowed out on his short holiday stint for March Town with another super performance taking four wickets in four successive balls in the win against Camden on Saturday.

The Australian took four wickets in one over including a hat-trick seven days earlier, but in his sixth over this time he took a wicket with the third, fourth, fifth and sixth balls.

He finished with five wickets for 29 runs in his seven overs to help March to a fourth successive Cambs Tucker League win in the four games he has played in since arriving from Australia.

Seymour (pictured) also played his part with the bat too scoring 35 as he and David Hodson 37 put on 65 for the first wicket and they were 95 for one at one stage. Ryan Meyer 17, Carl Chapman 20, Tom Howgego 20 and Matt Vail 15 also chipped in as March reached 187 all out in the last over.

Camden never really looked like succeeding and were 118 for nine at one stage after Seymour’s spell. Ryan Meyer took three for 21 and they were all out for 131.

Skipper John Gilson who has seen March to six wins and one draw since taking over the captaincy from the injured Chris Ringham said: “We are sorry Steve has to go home. He has given us a really big boost at just the right time. I can’t remember anyone taking four wickets in four balls before especially after his hat-trick the previous week.

“I think we should have scored more than 200 on the wicket after the start we had but it was enough runs in the end. Not only have we lost Steve for next week when we take on leaders Foxton but have got two other players missing too.”

March seconds’ hopes of promotion have diminished in CCA Senior League Division 1 as they slipped to their third defeat in three weeks.

They had to draft in two lads from the fourth team plus regular scorer Steve Gaskin. That didn’t prevent them giving a good account of themselves in the field, as Horseheath were dismissed for 145 with Stuart Mills bowling well for six for 35. Skipper James Harradine and Richard Green shared the remaining four wickets.

In reply the March batting just crumbled in the heat as they were bowled out for just 60 runs.

Godolphin inflicted a heavy defeat upon March seconds on Sunday at Newmarket racing to victory by 10 wickets after only 10.1 overs.

In a very one sided match the home side restricted March to 88-9 in their allotted 40 overs with only captain Stephen Wallis 26 not out, opener Jake Beart 16 and Sunday debutant Sam Clarke 13 reaching double figures. The 13-year-old Clarke impressed with his sound defence and cool temperament and helped add 37 runs with the skipper for the fifth wicket after March had collapsed to 25-4.

However, the score of 88 was easily overtaken by the hard hitting Godolphin openers, who between them knocked off the runs inside 37 minutes.

John Watson was in sparkling form with an unbeaten 97 to help March fourths to a tied game with second in the table Bluntisham 2nd Xl, in CCA Junior League Division 4A.

Bluntisham had scored 212-8, with Manuj Patel taking 3-39 and Jacob Gray and Rob Conyard picking up two wickets apiece.

Watson figured in a fifth wicket stand of 111 with skipper Mark Hilliard 35 not out. Dennis Furnell hit 35 in the 212-4 total.

March’s other Australian Ryan Meyer’s outstanding all-round display getting the Sunday first Xl back on track in Rutland League Division One against Stamford Town at The Avenue.

The left-hander scored an excellent 70 and shared in a second wicket stand of 116 with Ben Pyle, who in hitting 61 completed his maiden half-century at first team level. That enabled the home team to post 192-5.

At 124-8 it looked all over for the visitors, but they rallied and were finally all out for 173 with Meyer taking 3-32 with his left-arm wrist spinners, Josh Jackman took 3-24. Callum Young 2-33 and Jordan Morgan 2-17.