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Table-toppers Saffron Walden have too much fire power for March

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Table-toppers Saffron Walden simply had too much fire power, with both bat and ball, for March 1st XI, as they lost by seven wickets on their travels in Whitings League Division 1 on Saturday.

A second wicket stand of 46 between much improved opening batsman Ben Chapman (28) and Saranga Rajaguru (25) was the highlight of the day, as the visitors were shot out for just 108.

The Sri Lankan all-rounder also bowled tidily with his leg-breaks and took one of the three wickets to fall, as March came down with a bump following the previous weekend’s double triumphs.

Wisbech 1st team v March 1st team cricket action.Gary Freear. (2353849)
Wisbech 1st team v March 1st team cricket action.Gary Freear. (2353849)

March 1st XI 108 all out, 36.3 overs, Saffron Walden 109-3, 23 overs (Sam Clarke 1-4, James Harradine 1-11, Rajaguru 1-38).

The 2nd XI inexplicably failed to defend a 229-run total at The Avenue against CCA Senior League Division 2 leaders Longstanton, on a day when the batsmen bossed the match.

First team regular Tommy Howgego made a welcome return to the crease with a sizzling 60 in the March total. There was also a useful knock from Adam Conyard before a 65-run seven wicket stand between Nigel Wright and veteran wicketkeeper John Gilson.

At 96-4, third in the table March looked home and dry, but it was not to be as Longstanton suddenly produced a match-winning unbeaten stand of 137. Senior bowlers, Stuart Arnold and Richard Green shared the four wickets to fall.

March 2nd XI 229-8, 45 overs (Tommy Howgego 60, Nigel Wright 42, Adam Conyard 32, John Gilson 29no), Longstanton 233-4, 42 overs (Arnold 2-19, Green 2-40).

Another powerful innings from James Mortlock (60) eased March 4th XI to a five wicket win over Haddenham in CCA Junior League Division 4N, with just one over to spare.

Last season’s Player of the Year came in at No4 after openers Stephen Wallis and Adrian Bussey had produced a first wicket stand of 52. Stand-in skipper Emma Alterton hit a valuable 16 with Mortlock for the fourth wicket.

Haddenham 188-9, 40 overs (Adrian Bussey 2-14, Jack Stevens 2-16, Harry Gowler 1-15, Chris Davidson 1-25), March 4th XI 189-5, 39 overs (James Mortlock 60, Stephen Wallis 44, Adrian Bussey 25, Emma Alterton 16).

n An unbelievable effort from the Wisbech Sunday Second XI on Sunday saw them beat Market Deeping by nine runs with eight players.

After struggling all week to find a team of 11 the eight were captain Tom Buck, Jamie Hallatt, Kieran Hallatt, Tom Freear, Josh Bell, Jamie White, Jason Bishop and John Bowers.

The Market Deeping captain gave Wisbech the choice of whether they wanted to bat or bowl first rather than have a contested toss.

Wisbech batted first and put on a superb 163 from 40.4 overs, Freear top scoring with 48 and Jamie Hallatt getting a very important 41.

Deeping got off to a good start to reach 69-1 off 10 overs with their opening batsmen looking set. Then wickets started to fall.

Freear and Jamie Hallatt, bowling from each end, turned the game on its head, both of them taking wickets in their first overs, Freear taking 1-14 off seven overs.

Hallatt bowled unbelievably well for nine overs with 7-19, three of which came in his ninth over, leaving them 155-9 off 35 overs. His brother Kieran, bowling from the other end, then took the final wicket with the third ball of the next over.

March Sunday 1st XI extended their unbeaten record in Rutland League Division 2 when they cruised to a big 147-run victory away to Stamford.

Sam Clarke (39, 3-14) completed a good all-round display with Andrew George taking four slip catches.

March 1st XI 227-8, 45 overs (Sam Clarke 39, Saranga Rajaguru 39, Tyler Phillips 38), Stamford 80 all out, 25 overs (Spencer Saberton 3-9, Sam Clarke 3-14, Steve Coe 3-30).

The Sunday 2nd XI suffered back-to-back Fenland Trophy defeats to league leaders City of Ely, when they were beaten by 29 runs at The Avenue.

Dropped catches again cost joint reigning champions March.

City of Ely 212-6, 40 overs (Shae Pooley 2-19, Adam Conyard 2-49), March 2nd XI 183-9, 40 overs (Adam Conyard 77, Harry Stevens 30no).


Cambs & Hunts Premier League –

CCA Junior League 4 North

Kimbolton 2nds beat Wisbech 4ths by 8 wickets

Wisbech 108 all out (23.1 overs; Colin Freear 14, Tom Freear no50, Jason Bishop 16).

Kimbolton 111 for 2 (19.1 overs; Tom Freear 1-20, Finlay Murdoch 1-19).


Rutland League – Division 1

Wisbech Town 1st XI beat Bourne by 50 runs

Wisbech 209 for 7 (45 ov; Gary Freear 104, Lewis Jackson 19, Thomas Dunning 29, Tom Jupp no16).

Bourne 159 all out (31.4 overs; Kieran Haynes 1-37, Freear 3-28, Joe Dunning 3-41, Adam Whittaker 2-27).

n March Town 1st X1 played away to Kimbolton in a rearranged Whiting’s League match on Bank Holiday Monday.

Kimbolton batted first and were bowled out for 123 in 41 overs.

Overseas player Saranga Rajaguru took 5 for 43.

He received good support from Tyler Phillips 2-15, Andrew Wright 2-21 and Spencer Saberton 1-14.

In reply March lost 4 wickets before reaching the target.

Ben Pyle 37*, Saranga Rajaguru 20 and Ben Chapman 25* were the main run getters.

Pyle and Chapman shared a winning partnership of 51*.

Man of the match: Saranga Rajaguru.

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