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March 2nds make up for lost time

Following Saturday’s washout, March Town Cricket Club Seconds made up for lost time in the Fenland Trophy by defeating visitors St Ives Town & Warboys to the tune of two wickets on Sunday.

March dismissed St Ives Town & Warboys for 158 in the 36th over, with the wickets shared around between Harry Gowler 1-21, Sam Mason 1-15, R Hill 2-24, Ioan Foreman 2-51, Kian Pooley 2-30 and Manuj Patel 1-13.

St Ives had recovered from 56-7 after number nine N. Kumpukkal hammered 70 from 50 balls, before being bowled by Patel.

Kieran Haynes bowling for Wisbech.
Kieran Haynes bowling for Wisbech.

Star of the home batting show was opener G. Kirby, who hit seven boundaries during his 66 not out from 86 balls. He had earlier excelled in the field by running out away opener J. Badcock.

The other major contributors were A. Oldham 36 and Steve Coe 19, as March won with eight wickets down.

Wisbech Town were in control of their Rutland League match versus Peterborough Town who were 45-4 and 117-6 thanks to Kieran Haynes taking 2-28, Brodie Ellis 2-33, Jonny Garner 2-31 and Josh Porter 2-35.

But an unbeaten century from Scott Howard (106) raised the visitors to 222-8 from their 45 overs.

After openers Dom Stannard and Ross Gardner went cheaply, the next three batsmen - Tom Buck 54 from just 51 balls, Jonny Garner 85 from 134 balls and Gary Freear 24 - seemed to put Wisbech in the driving seat at 153-3.

Buck struck seven fours and two sixes while Garner gathered eight fours and a six.

However, Wisbech then lost their last seven wickets for 42 runs and were bowled out for 195 in 44.2 overs to lose by 27 runs.

Wisbech Town 2nds lost to their Peterborough Town counterparts by 35 runs.

Hosts Peterborough won the toss and reached 195-5 off 40 overs.

Wicket-takers were Soneshkumar Patel 1-29, Jesse Pate 1-25, Tom Brazil 1-28 and Ryan Van Waterschoot 1-40.

Wisbech replied with 160 all out from 39.4 overs. Opener Martin Woollard compiled 11, while leading scorers were Harry Griffin 24, wicket-keeper Elliott Peck 39, Luke Pearson 29 and a late flurry of 20 by Van Waterschoot.

Sunday’s Rutland League Division 3 game between Long Sutton and Werrington 2nds also fell victim to the bad weather which caused local sides’ Cambs League and South Lincs & Border League games to be postponed.

At the weekend, Wisbech Town CC announced it will be hosting the Memorial Summer Sixes competition on Sunday, August 29.

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