Cricket round-up: March go third with thrilling win while Wisbech taste cup success

SPINNER Shardul Brahmbhatt took two wickets in two balls as March Town powered their way up to third with back-to-back victories.

March followed up a stunning victory over Ramsey last week by edging out in-form St Ives in a thrilling six-run win.

Jivan Lotay was the mainstay of the March innings, hitting 63 to help them to 178 all out.

Lotay (2-47) then made his presence felt with the ball, combining with reliable Aussie star Matt Wilcox (4-36) to reduce St Ives to 100-5.

The home side looked to have pulled off a remarkable comeback, needing just eight to win with three wickets left. But off-spinner Brahmbhatt (3-43) had the final say in a topsy-turvy game which puts March back in the Tucker Gardner title hunt.

On Sunday, March crumbled to another defeat in Rutland League Division One. Wilcox top-scored with a half-century in March’s 126 all out - a total which Peterborough Town reached for the loss of just two wickets.

• POWERFUL hitting from March II’s middle-order helped them overpower Horseheath by 65 runs in CCA Senior Division One.

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Captain John Wallis (34 not out) and Richard Green (33 not out) led the way as March bludgeoned 92 runs off the final 10 overs to post 218-7. Matty Vail hit a fine 79 at the top of the order.

The visitors’ chase was halted by Callum Young who took 4-34 as Horseheath reached 153 all out.

• MARCH IV continue to hover above the CCA Junior Division 5A drop zone after a 94-run defeat to Witcham II.

Manuj Patel picked up 3-24 as the home side made 218-6, but only skipper Bill Hilliard (40no) put up any resistance in March’s 124 all out.

• WISBECH Town enjoyed a week of cup success thanks to two stunning innings from the in-form Gary Freear.

Freear smashed 80 not out as Wisbech cruised through to the semi-final of the Jaidka Cup with a seven-wicket win over Peterborough Town last Wednesday.

And the powerful right-hander hit another 80 as Wisbech beat Barnack by five wickets in the first round of the John Wilcox Cup on Sunday.

James Williams (60) and Sam Albutt (74 not out) were also in the runs as Wisbech chased down Barnack’s impressive total of 283-7. Ivan Burgess (3-29) and Jack Hastings (2-35) had bowled well for Wisbech.

• WISBECH II pulled off a fantastic run chase to beat Girton by three wickets on Saturday.

Jack Hastings and Matt Pack took two wickets apiece to restrict the visitors to 184 before Danny Haynes (50) and Carl Pope (52) helped Wisbech home.

• ADRIAN Peck (68) and Sam Portham (39) helped Wisbech III to a 35-run victory over Pymoor on Saturday. Martin Parrin took four wickets to secure the win.

There was also success for Wisbech IV who claimed a nerve-wracking four-run win over Littleport Town II. David LeMoir was the hero for Wisbech - claiming 4-27 as Littleport fell short.

• KURT Cunningham scored a classy unbeaten ton as Chatteris continued their imperious form with a 90-run victory over Madingley.

Cunningham (129 not out) and Ant Palmer (69) put on more than 100 for the first wicket, hitting Chatteris to a fine total of 261-4.

Mark Leach (4-28) led Chatteris’ bowling attack with young spinner Dom Platt (3-57) chipping in to bowl Madingley out for 171.

• STUART Porter returned to action in style for Chatteris II, starring with bat and ball in an 11-run victory over Needingworth.

Porter - playing his first game of the season - top-scored with 45 in Chatteris’ 167-9 before taking 4-46 as Needingworth fell short. Porter had good support from captain Grant Osbourn who scored 32 and leg-spinner Kev Felton who took 3-13.