CRICKET: Rob Tombs’ top display gives March Town a fighting chance of Whiting & Partners Division One survival

Rob Tombs. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Rob Tombs. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

A nail-biting three wicket win for March Town has handed them a glimmer of hope of playing Whiting & Partners Division One cricket next season.

Success away to Nassington on Saturday was the first time they have picked up maximum points since June 3 when they beat bottom club St Ives, who they meet again on Saturday.

Rob Tombs stepped up from the club’s second squad to take 4-14 off just four overs as he and fellow left-arm slow bowler Spencer Saberton picked up the final six wickets for 28 runs in just seven overs.

Nassington had recovered from 27-3 to threaten with a 97-run fourth wicket stand, before being bowled out for 180.

Two early wickets was not the best start March could have made but the Phillips brothers - Brandon (45) and skipper Tyler (23) - figured in a third wicket partnership of 52 that showed great resolve.

Ben Chapman (24) and Saberton (23) made timely runs in the winning 181-7 total.