A depleted March were let down by their Tucker League batting again and lost by 41 runs to Godmanchester.
Dave Kenning - arguably the best March batsman of his generation - made a comeback at number eight.
Skipper Chris Ringham said the veteran’s undefeated 24 runs showed the rest how to bat, apart from 39 (five fours) by Steve Seymour, in March’s 111: “Dave was class.
“He packed up about ten years ago and has played a handful of games since. I think that will be his one and only game of the season.”
Godmanchester were 99-7 but were allowed to get 152-8, Ringham bagging 3-21.
Matty Vail, Andrew Wright, Carl Chapman and Callum Young are due to return next weekend at home to Castor to boost the side. David Hodson is on holiday.
The regular 2nd Xl players at Horseheath on 28-7 must have thought they had one foot on the trapdoor from Senior League Division 1.
Up stepped the 3rd Xl recruits Matt Hubbard and Pat Ringham, who then figured in a vital eighth wicket partnership of 48 during two spells of rain. Hubbard creamed 34 and Ringham 16 not out as the visitors sneaked a very tense one wicket win.
Earlier, Tommy Howgego took 2-14 off his 12 overs, with spinners Richard Green (4-27) and Brian Tombs (4-3) mopping up the remainder for an all out total of 84.
Controversy dogged the 3rd Xl’s attempts to climb out of the relegation zone in CCA Junior League Division 2N, when they lost by two wickets.
A Wilburton batsman walked for a caught behind only to be told by his captain and umpire that he did not hit the ball. The additional 29 runs he went on to make was the deciding factor.
March reached 163-8, David Haslegrave (49), James Mortlock (35) and teenager Josh Fox (32).
The 4th Xl managed to get a side together on the most difficult week of selection this season. However, they lost by 10 wickets to unbeaten Littleport having been bowled out for 43 at The Avenue in CCA Junior League Division 4N.