Betts demands batting improvement after March thumped by leaders Ramsey, with seconds faring little better

Jody Betts. Picture: Pat Ringham.

Jody Betts. Picture: Pat Ringham. - Credit: Archant

March Town captain Jody Betts has called on his batsmen to step up after his side crumbled to 50 all out in a 195 run loss at Tucker Gardner league leaders Ramsey on Saturday.

Chris Ringham (3-72) and Ash Vodnala (2-63) were the main wicket takers as Ramsey posted 245-7.

In reply, only David Hodson (24) troubled the scorers, with five batsmen falling for ducks, as March were dismissed in 20.3 overs.

The result leaves March, after five games, ninth out of 12 teams. Up next is the visit of basement side Warboys, who are winless this season, to The Avenue on Saturday.

Captain Jody Betts said: “It was a difficult day. We came second best all the way through. Ramsey were champions last year and they showed it. They played like champions.

“We bowled and fielded ok. It didn’t help that Tyler Phillips hurt his shoulder and couldn’t bowl.

“Our batting was just not up to scratch. We need to improve. Tyler is going to see somebody about his shoulder this week so hopefully he’ll be able to bowl his 12 overs because, otherwise, it puts a strain on the other bowlers.”

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Things didn’t go much better for March II, who were dismissed for 66 and lost by seven wickets to leaders Fulbourn in CCA Senior Division One.

They got off to the worst possible start, losing Steve Hinson to the first ball of the match. Rob Tombs, fresh off the previous week’s 94, the top scorer with a more modest 17.

Adrian Bussey (2-28) took two wickets in his first three overs, but that didn’t prevent the visitors easing home without too much discomfort.

Having conceded the game the previous week, the 4th XI opened their CCA Junior League Division 5N campaign with a 112-run loss to St Ives III.

The visitors made 224 all out, with March dismissed for 112.