Aussie’s all-round talent shines
IT WAS an excellent weekend for March Cricket Club and March I led the way with two victories in both of the weekend s matches. A five-wicket haul for Aussie Ben Stallworthy gave March a comfortable 85-run Tucker League victory at home to Kimbolton on Sat
IT WAS an excellent weekend for March Cricket Club and March I led the way with two victories in both of the weekend's matches.
A five-wicket haul for Aussie Ben Stallworthy gave March a comfortable 85-run Tucker League victory at home to Kimbolton on Saturday.
March's innings total of 207-7 included Rob Tombs' 53 not out and other useful knocks from Steve Hinson (47) and Andrew Mills (36).
The Kimbolton reply never got going under the attack of Stallworthy, who returned excellent figures of 5-47 from 15 overs.
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Ed Rodgers also chipped in with 2-29 as the visitors limped to 122 all out.
Stallworthy was once again influential in Sunday's Rutland League Division Two victory over Stamford Town.
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This time, Stallworthy was less effective with the ball and it was Kurt Cunningham (3-28) and Mills (3-17) who led the March bowling attack.
Tombs (2-10) also enjoyed the March pitch as the visitors struggled to 142 all out.
But the Australian stamped his mark on the game with the bat and opened with 59 not out.
With fellow opener Mills (57) also batting well, March easily reached their target with nine wickets intact.
The only disappointing result for March came on Sunday when March II lost their home CCA Senior Division One match against Camden II.
Good bowling from the visitors restricted March to 94 all out and only John Wallis (24), Connor Cunningham (16), Stuart Mills (16) and Andy Bryan (13) made it into double figures.
Richard Green (3-29) kept Camden on their toes but the visitors reached their target with the loss of five wickets.
March II hit back on Sunday however and celebrated a 12-run victory over Somersham in the Fenland Trophy.
Opener Stephen Wallis (58) and Green (60) batted well to help March to an innings total of 191-6.
The visitors also showed spirit with the bat and the result was always in the balance. But Andy Bayes (3-37) and Andrew Stone (2-35) did enough to slow Somersham's progress and restrict them to 179-8.
The most exciting game of the weekend came when March III entertained Wimblington in their CCA Lower Junior Cup match on Sunday.
Glenn Hulley's 41 proved crucial for March who reached 169-8 on the Neale-Wade pitch. James Beresford (3-22) was the pick of the Wimblington bowlers.
Colin Buck got Wimblington off to a good start but March's James Shepherd (3-20) and Jordan Morgan (3-25) made light work of the middle order.
Ahmed Anver, batting at number nine, hit back with 44 not out and the game went down to the wire.
However, March did just enough and Wimblington were finally dismissed just three runs short of their target.
March IV completed the good weekend for the club when they outclassed St Ives IV in CCA Division Three North B.
Dennis Furnell put March on the road to victory with 49 and with support from Bill Hilliard (48 not out), March posted a solid 184-8.
The March bowlers demolished the St Ives top order and Lewis Hilliard (2-19) and Manuj Patel (2-32) led the attack to dismiss the visitors for 110.