Cricket: Promotion in sight for in-form March Town

Tyler Phillips bowling for March. Picture: PAT RINGHAM.

Tyler Phillips bowling for March. Picture: PAT RINGHAM. - Credit: Archant

March Town need just seven points from their two remaining matches to clinch promotion back to Tucker League Division One at the first attempt.

March were relegated from the league’s top division last season, but look set to bounce straight back after they cemented their second-place spot following a two-wicket success away to Cambridge Granta 2nds.

Captain Tyler Phillips led from the front; taking 3-21 as the home side were dismissed for just 155 at Clare College.

Sam Freedman also impressed with the ball, taking 2-27, as did youngster Sam Clark who helped himself to two wickets for 19 runs.

March looked to be struggling early on after losing two wickets for their opening 10 runs, but Brandon Phillips (54) and Ben Pyle put together a solid 68-run partnership before suffering a mini collapse.

First team skipper Phillips continued his fine form with the bat with an unbeaten knock of 26, combining with Toby Nulty to notch a vital late stand of 42 to fire them to success.

Phillips’ side’s tenth victory of the season fired them to within 11 points of table-toppers St Ives Town, who went down to a rare defeat against Sawston and Babraham.

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The two clubs meeting in crunch a top-of-the-table clash tomorrow (12.30pm), and March can clinch promotion - and top spot - with a win.

March then travel to the east of the county to take on Fordham on the final day of the season (September 10).