CRICKET: Frustrating Saturdays but successful Sundays so far this summer for March Town
PUBLISHED: 09:37 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:16 19 May 2018
It's been a frustrating start to the Cambs & Hunts Premier League season for March Town.
Tyler Phillips’ men have only managed to complete one Whiting & Partners Division One fixture so far – an early May loss at highly-rated Eaton Socon.
The start of the 2018 campaign was put back a week by league bosses following a wet winter with fixtures scheduled for the opening day – April 14 – slotted in at the end of the campaign.
March then saw their April 21 trip to newly-promoted Kimbolton called off due to their hosts’ ground being waterlogged before an April 28 date against Nassington was scrapped as the opposing team withdrew from the league.
March eventually got going when losing at Eaton Socon by 148 runs on May 5 before suffering at the hands of the weather again last Saturday.
Their trip to Histon was abandoned due to rain with Town in a decent position at 113-3 after 20 overs when a halt was called. James Hilliard was unbeaten on 40.
March have a first home outing of the summer tomorrow when entertaining Godmanchester at The Avenue, 12.30pm.
March 2nds were also beaten by the weather last Saturday as their Cambs Senior League Division Two home clash with Histon 2nds was abandoned.
The visiting side were 165-5 when play was stopped with opening batsman Alfie Dixon responsible for 105 of those runs. He was dropped when only on eight.
March 4ths enjoyed derby success as they dodged the showers to see off Wisbech 4ths in Division Four North of the Cambs Junior League.
James Mortlock hit an unbeaten 99 to steer the March men to a three-wicket success as they successfully reached a victory target of 226. Jacob Gray (32) and Sam Mason (26) also made valuable contributions.
March have enjoyed a fine start to the Sunday season with their first XI unbeaten in Division Two of the Rutland League.
A second victory of the summer arrived last weekend as they beat Newborough by five wickets at the avenue.
Spencer Saberton and Steve Coe took three wickets apiece as they removed the visitors for 123. Saranga Rajagury top-scored with 31 in the successful reply.
The Sunday 2nds gained a second consecutive Fenland Trophy win with a 91 run triumph at Wimblington.
Gray hit an unbeaten 52 as the March side reached 181-4 from their 40 overs before restricting their hosts to 90-8.