Wisbech Town CC recorded a sixth straight Cambs Tucker League Division One win on Saturday as they cruised home against Waresley by seven wickets.
Wisbech picked up fewer total points than Ramsey so Wisbech drop to third spot. Second place Ramsey are 28 points behind leaders Foxton and there are four matches remaining.
Wisbech looked likely to be chasing a huge target at Harecroft Road when Waresley reached 135-0, but the visitors crumbled to 209-9 in the face of accurate spin bowling from Gary Freear (3-20).
In-form Freear made 33 in the Wisbech reply and was for once over-shadowed by Aussie Jack Hargreaves (80no) and Cambs all-rounder James Williams (54no). They put on an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 123 after Danny Haynes (36) had helped provide a solid base.
The Tucker League Division 2 championship is all set for a grandstand finish as the top two teams gained maximum points on Saturday. March won by 28 runs at Warboys to stay in touch with leaders St Ives, who they meet away from home in three weeks’ time.
Sam Freedman cracked 59 runs from 66 balls, as March posted 229-9, with the in-form pairing of Ben Pyle and Tyler Phillips backing him up with scores of 38 and 30 respectively.
The Aussie then ran in for a 3-54 return and snatched the vital final wicket as the home side recovered from 160-9 to 201 all out. Vice-captain James Harradine produced his best figures of the campaign with 4-23.
March 229-9, 50 overs (Freedman 59, Pyle 38, Phillips 30), Warboys 201 all out, 44.1 overs (Harradine 4-23, Freedman 3-54).
The 2nd XI and CCA Senior League Division 2 opponents Foxton 2nds are heading in different directions as far as next season’s cricket is concerned – and you won’t hear many cries of disappointment from the March bowlers, having been battered twice during this summer.
The visitors rattled up an impressive 313 for the second time – on this occasion for the loss of only two wickets, both bagged by Matty Vail. In reply, March finished on 182-8 with opening pair Steve Hinson (39) and James Hilliard (36) the main run-scorers.
Foxton 2nds 313-2, 45 overs (Matty Vail 2-66), March 2nds 182-8, 45 overs (Steve Hinson 39, James Hilliard 36, Manuj Patel 23).
A crushing 10-wicket defeat at the hands of league leaders Isleham has virtually condemned the 3rd XI to relegation from CCA Junior League Division 2N.
March made just 114-9 from their 40 overs, with openers Scott Bamford (44) and Stephen Wallis (27) sharing in a 55-run stand.
The unbeaten visitors required just 18.3 overs in reply.
March 3rds 114-9, 40 overs (Scott Bamford 44, Stephen Wallis 27), Isleham 118-0, 18.3 overs.
March Sunday 1st XI’s four win sequence came to an abrupt end when they lost by a whopping 140-run margin away to Uffington, in Rutland League Division 2.
Skipper Andrew Wright celebrated his birthday with a five-wicket haul as the hosts totalled 252 all out.
Teenager Ben Chapman made his highest score for the club at the top of the order, with 61 runs out of 112.
Uffington 250 all out, 43.1 overs (Andrew Wright 5-34, Tyler Phillips 2-55, Manuj Patel 2-58), March 112 all out, 28.3 overs (Chapman 61, Phillips 18).