Cricket round-up: March and Wisbech trade blows in derby drama

WHILE Wisbech were putting a massive dent in March’s Tucker Premier Division title hopes, the clubs’ third teams were also battling it out for bragging rights.

And March restored some pride as a brilliant final over from James Shepherd saw them record a thrilling two-run win.

The left-armer conceded just one run from his final six balls - denying Wisbech the four that they had required for victory.

Earlier, Martin Parrin had taken 4-42 as March posted 179-9 with Scott Welcher (42) and James Stimpson (53 not out) top-scoring.

Knocks from Nick Pack (46) and Dean Dodman (54 not out) were not enough to get Wisbech home as Stuart Fox (3-45) led the way for March’s bowlers.

• MARCH II’s Cambs Senior Division One title hopes evaporated on Saturday after a dramatic batting collapse saw them lose six wickets in six overs.

Stand-in skipper James Harradine hit 67 but he could only watch as his side capitulated from 110-4 to 118 all out against Hardwick.

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Josh Jackman and Callum Young took two wickets each but Hardwick eased home with five wickets to spare.

• MARCH IV clinched the Cambs Junior Division 5A title with a two-wicket win over Willingham II.

Glen Hulley and James Mortlock took three wickets apiece to dismiss Willingham for 98 before skipper Bill Hilliard (25) guided March to the championship.

• MARCH’S first team suffered their second defeat of the weekend with a 75-run loss against Bourne at The Avenue on Sunday.

The visitors’ skipper Peter Morgan hit a ruthless 134 as Bourne recovered from 129-8 to post 236.

Tommy Howgego (4-60 & 38) and Josh Jackman (3-41 & 35) impressed with both bat and ball for March, who could only manage 161 in reply.

The second team’s game against Elmdon was abandoned due to a waterlogged wicket.

• GARY Freear’s unbeaten century helped Wisbech’s first team to their second win of the season against S&L Corby on Sunday.

Carl Pope (56 not out) supported Freear as he smashed 112 not out to help Wisbech post 212-3. Dom Stannard and Danny Emmington took three wickets each as Corby managed 154-9 in reply.

• WISBECH II began a disappointing weekend with a four-wicket defeat to Thriplow.

Drew Jones top-scored with 33 before taking 2-29 but his all-round performance was not enough to stop Thriplow cruising past Wisbech’s total of 136.

The Sunday second team crashed to a 13-run defeat against Thrapston.

Simon Freear’s five-wicket haul and a fine knock of 74 from David Wood were not enough to prevent defeat.

• WISBECH IV slumped to a four-wicket defeat against City of Ely II.

Charlie Golding top-scored with 22 as Wisbech folded for 111. Martin Knowles (3-16) and Matt Duff (2-20) impressed with the ball but Ely waltzed to victory.

• WISBECH III beat Fenland rivals Wimblington by 37 runs on Sunday.

Drew Jones (40) and Muhammad Niaz (35) helped Wisbech post 165 with Ashley Irvine taking three wickets for Wimblington.

Irvine sealed a fine all-round performance by smashing 58 but David LeMoir took four wickets as Wisbech dismissed their opponents for 128.

• CAMBS Junior Division 2A champions Leverington notched their 14th win of the season with a four-wicket triumph over rivals Chatteris II.

Connor Cunningham (59) and Alex Platt (43 not out) helped Chatteris post 153-5 in a game which was reduced to 28 overs a side. John Gill (2-25) was the pick of the bowlers.

A heroic knock from Jacques Steynberg (99 not out) saw Leverington to victory with two balls to spare.

• CAMERON Brown took two wickets and hit 18 as Chatteris III beat rivals Doddington by two wickets in a thrilling derby.

Archie Palmer’s four wickets and Jamie Killingworth’s 43 could not prevent defeat for Doddington.

Chatteris first team’s fixture with Isleham on Saturday was abandoned.

• FOR A FULL REPORT ON WISBECH FIRST TEAM’S SHOCK VICTORY OVER MARCH ON SATURDAY SEE THIS WEEK’S PAPER.

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