Cricket round-up: March Town get their title chase back on track but Wisbech Town fail to impress again

March celebrate taking a wicket in their five wicket success over Granta 2nds. Photos: Pat Ringham

March celebrate taking a wicket in their five wicket success over Granta 2nds. Photos: Pat Ringham - Credit: Archant

March Town got their promotion challenge back on track when, despite a few batting wobbles, they beat Cambridge Granta 2nds by five wickets in Tucker League Division Two at The Avenue on Saturday.

Overseas star Sam Freedman put on a good all-round display for his visiting parents; the Aussie taking 3-27 and then a crucial unbeaten 33. Anthony Palmer also picked up three scalps as the visitors were restricted to 128-9 in a game reduced to 46 overs per side following a shower.

The two main wicket-takers on a Saturday helped reduce Granta to 47-6 before the one shower halted play. After the break they picked up the momentum with several well-timed shots reaching the boundary.

That could be said the same of March, who set off at a brisk pace, with Tommy Howgego (19) and Toby Nulty (15) putting on 37 for the first wicket.

But with the pace taken off the ball, the game changed and at 61-5 the result could have gone either way.

What saved March was a match-winning sixth wicket stand of 68, involving Freedman and number seven batsman Ben Pyle, who hit 26 not out.

March stay second in the league standings thanks to their win, hot on the heels of leaders St Ives, with the two sides set to meet on Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash at The Avenue.

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Wisbech Town’s poor start to their Tucker Gardner Division One campaign continued at the weekend, with an eight wicket defeat to Waresley.

The Fenland side won the toss and elected to bat first, but failed to make any headway, with Gary Freear top scoring with 31 as they crashed to 110 all out.

Wisbech couldn’t find a reply with the ball, as Waresley’s Alex Scully hit an excellent 59 as the hosts reached 112, losing two wickets (Mutubaki and Gowler) along the way.

Wisbech’s inconsistent start sees them lay in eighth in the division, with an encounter with bottom side, Blunham, up next.