CRICKET: Bricker bashes 92 as March Town finally find a win
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Aussie Clinton Bricker made an unbeaten 92 on a flat deck at The Avenue on Saturday as March Town broke their duck in the Whitings League Division One with a tight seven run victory against mid-table Warseley.
The bottom club survived a nerve-jangling finale to the match as the visitors got within a run a ball in the final five overs, chasing their 242 target.
Acting-skipper Andy Wright (4-36) eased the pressure when he bowled Warseley danger man Alex Scully for 72 with under four overs remaining, as the visitors closed on 234-9, having required nine runs from Tommy Howgego’s final over.
Howgego, making his first appearance of the season, scored 26 at the top of the order, sharing in a first wicket stand of 62 with James Hilliard (31).
But it was Nathan Oliver’s knock of 34 that gave the innings the momentum required in a seventh wicket partnership of 73 from the 241-6 total.
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Steve Hinson and Adam Conyard shared in a match-winning opening stand of 165 runs as March 2nds sealed a three wicket win at Godolphine in CCA Senior League Division Two.
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Having scored just two runs between them the previous Saturday, Hinson scorched to 101 and Conyard hit 78 as they chased down the home side’s 248-9.
Adam Westwood bolstered March 3rd’s ranks and gave a solid all-round performance that helped them overcome City of Ely 2nds by seven wickets in CCA Junior League Division Three North.
Having bowled well, Westwood finished top-scorer with 38 from the 117-3 chase after tea.
March’s Sunday side remain at the top of the Rutland League Division two thanks to a six wicket win away to Castor.
Clinton Bricker and Shaz Akhter were the chief destroyers during the home side’s 148-8, with Bricker taking 4-17 and Akhter 3-33 on what proved to be a difficult wicket to bat on.
So it proved after tea when Ben Chapman (48) and Steve Coe (38) figured in a measured opening stand of 105, before vice-captain Brandon Phillips came in to smash 25 not out off 14 balls for victory.