Veteran Gilson sets March record
Veteran wicketkeeper John Gilson carried his bat for 87 in March 2nd’s opening game of the season - a narrow one wicket defeat at Bluntisham.
The visitors made 187-6, with Ryan Wright (29), skipper John Wallis (22) and Adrian Bussey (21) also contributing. Stuart Arnold took 3-32 after tea.
Gilson also became the oldest March player to score a first team half-century in the seven wicket defeat to Ketton at The Avenue on Sunday.
The 59-year-old hit 67 in the 167-9 total, with Ben Pyle making 56 in the Rutland League Division 2.
He then took a one-handed catch at slip from the off-spin of Ash Vodnala, who returned figures of 2-25 from his 12 overs.
* March Town CC are hosting a Talents and Favours evening in the pavilion on Friday, May 8.
In partnership with March Hockey Club the two clubs are staging their special fundraising event at the clubhouse with the new club captain Jody Betts taking on the role as auctioneer.
The cricket club are looking to raise money towards their major capital project of 2015, new double bay cricket nets. The club already has planning permission for the facility and currently have a grant application awaiting a decision in the next few months. Double bay nets will significantly improve the coaching facilities, which will help to develop the young players.
The hockey club are raising funds for the provision of more coaching facilities, concentrating on the junior section along with equipment to encourage new juniors.
Among the array of over 40 items available on the night are two tickets for an Ashes Test match at Trent Bridge.
Prior to the auction the evening will begin with a Twenty/20 game between the cricket club and the Hockey club at 6pm. It is hoped to start the auction afterwards at about 8.30pm.
More information: Les Mills (01354 656698 and 07813 250466, Stephen Wallis (01354 656590 and 07917 191177) or Jody Betts (07917 775071).
* MTCC Junior Section cricket coaching for the 2015 season is now underway. The club provides qualified coaches and all equipment.
Under 11 Sundays: from 10am to 11.30am. U13 and Girls & Ladies: Tuesdays 6.30-8pm. U15 Thursdays: 6.30-8pm.