Cricket round-up: Freedman fires another half-century as March close in on promotion

Sam Freedman chalked up 59 as March saw off Warboys by 28 runs.

Sam Freedman chalked up 59 as March saw off Warboys by 28 runs. - Credit: Archant

The Tucker League Division Two championship is all set for a grandstand finish as the top two teams gained maximum points on Saturday.

March Town won by 28 runs at Warboys to stay in touch with leaders St Ives, who they meet in three weeks time.

Sam Freedman cracked 59 runs from 66 balls, as March posted 229-9, with the in-form pairing of Ben Pyle and Tyler Phillips backing him up with 38 and 30 respectively.

The Aussie then ran in for a 3-54 return and snatched the vital final wicket as the home side recovered from 160-9 to 201 all out. Vice-captain James Harradine produced his best figures of the campaign with figures of 4-23.

The narrowest of margins separated Chatteris Town and Cambridge NCI on Saturday – with the Fenland side coming out on top.

James Fraser cracked 62 and Matthew Hollis added 54 as Chatteris hit 234 after 45 overs.

Cambridge NCI began their chase steadily, but fell just eight runs short as Jake Kaval and Andrew Wool took two wickets apiece.

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Chatteris remain in second in the CCA Senior Division One.

Meanwhile, March Town 2nds will be pleased to see the back of Foxton 2nds in the Senior Division Two.

The visitors rattled up an impressive 313 for the second time - on this occasion for the loss of only two wickets, both bagged by Matty Vail. In reply, March could only finish on 182-8 with opening pair Steve Hinson (39) and James Hilliard (36) the main run-scorers.

A crushing 10 wicket defeat at the hands of league leaders Isleham has virtually condemned the March to relegation from the Junior League Two North.

March made just 114-9 from their 40 overs, with openers Scott Bamford (44) and Stephen Wallis (27) sharing in a 55-run stand.

The unbeaten visitors required just 18.3 overs in reply, as they comprehensively ran out winners.

Fellow relegation candidates Chatteris 2nds had a better weekend, however, easing past Cambridge NCI 2nds by five wickets.

Ben Perry smacked a superb 101 as the Fenland side made short work of chasing down Cambridge’s 224.