March Town go down to Histon but Mills and Young conjure up miraculous Sunday one run win

James Harradine. James Harradine.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
3:47 PM

March Town captain Chris Ringham said he was disappointed with his side’s performance in their six wicket loss at Histon in the opening Tucker Gardner League fixture of the season.

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The visitors got off to the worst possible start, losing newcomer Chris Budd for a duck, and soon found themselves 59-5.

James Harradine’s 89 steered March to a competitive 193 all out but Histon chased the total down in 36 overs.

Ringham said: “Considering how well we played in the friendlies it was a massive disappointment.

“We were right on the back foot at 60-5 but James Harradine came in and dug us out of a massive hole, giving us something to bowl at.

“But, with the exception of Tyler Phillips (1-23), no one bowled well. We were totally outplayed.”

Ringham is confident his side will bounce back against highly rated Ramsey, who kicked off their campaign with a five wicket win over Foxton/Babraham.

He said: “They are a good side and we are expecting a tough game but we are back on our own patch with a bigger outfield and we have a good recent record against them.”

Captain Stuart Mills and Callum Young showed remarkable composure to help the Sunday XI bounce back from the previous week’s hammering by Wisbech with a miraculous one run win over Barnack in the Rutland League.

March batted first and posted 178-7 but Barnack looked to be cruising to victory at 169-3.

But the hosts lost their last seven wickets for eight runs, with their final four wickets falling on 177.

With just two runs to win Mills and Young reeled off a wicket maiden apiece, before Mills came back with a dot ball and two wickets in two balls for an amazing victory.

Mills finished with 3-34, Young 3-35 and Aussie left-arm spinner Stephen Shaw 4-52.

March II beat City of Ely by 96 runs in a friendly.

Jody Betts (64), Toby Nulty (48) and James Fountain (41 not out) helped March post 252-8.

In reply, Nathan Oliver took 3-20 and Stuart Arnold and Joshua Fox chipped in with two wickets each as Ely were bowled out for 156.

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