A super 185 from Rob Tombs paved the way for March 2nds to halt a sequence of four CCA Senior League Division 1 defeats with a 207-run crushing of Horseheath at The Avenue.
The right-hander, who has been out injured, hit nine sixes in a total of 21 boundaries as March chalked up a mammoth 302-4. Tombs fell off the final ball of the innings and shared a third wicket stand of 215 with David Haslegrave (73).
Tombs then held three catches as the visitors were bowled out for 95, after having been 5-3: Stuart Arnold 4-13, Toby Nulty 3-27 and Stuart Mills 2-18.
Injury and lapses in the field cost March 1sts victory away to Sawston, failing to capitalise on a rare Tucker League century opening stand to lose by three wickets.
March fielded with 10 men after Matty Vail got injured when batting and then a further hand injury to Tommy Howgego, breaking his nail when stopping the ball, confined him to fine leg at both ends.
Captain Chris Ringham said: “For the Sawston opener who scored 84 not out we had a huge shout for lbw off the first ball, then we dropped him when he hadn’t scored many runs at all. That probably cost us the game.”
On Vail, who is set to miss three to four weeks, Ringham said: “Matty had a swing at the ball, and he obviously went too hard at it and did himself some damage.”
At Sawston, where March haven’t won since 2010, Steve Seymour (69) and David Hodson (44) gave the visitors a sound platform, but 216-8 was a good 30 runs short. Ben Pyle added 40 off 42 balls.
Sawston were 168-1 before Seymour and Tyler Phillips shared seven wickets in their second spells. The Aussie bagged 3-29 and Phillips 4-62. March travel to Nassington on Saturday.
The 3rd Xl lost by nine-wickets at Longstowe, where they were shot out for 73 in CCA Junior League Division 2N.
The unbeaten joint leaders rattled off the runs required, with Adam Conyard taking a good catch off Greg Short’s bowling.
The 4th Xl made it a hat-trick of away defeats by 18 runs to Over 2nds in CCA Junior League Division 4N.
Glen Hulley returned 4-37, Sam Mason 3-39 and Curtis Oldroyd 2-30 in the home side’s 168 all out.
Lewis Hilliard (47) shared an opening stand of 90 with Daniel Woods (32) in the 150 reply; Josh Watson making 25.