Cricket round-up: Ruthless Phillips bags five as March Town shock league leaders

TEENAGE talent Tyler Phillips took his first five-wicket haul for March Town as they beat the league leaders on Saturday.

The 16-year-old joined forces with Aussie star Matt Wilcox to rip through a shell-shocked Ramsey’s batting line-up and secure March’s biggest result of the season so far.

Batting first, Wilcox (88) and James Harradine (38 not out) helped March recover from a flurry of early wickets to post 179-5.

Wilcox sealed a stunning all-round performance by claiming 3-46 before seamer Phillips blew away Ramsey’s middle order to record figures of 5-26. The away side folded for 120 all out to give March a memorable 59-run victory.

Captain Chris Ringham said: “At 60-4 we were staring down the barrel of a hiding but Harradine and Wilcox batted really well.

“Tyler’s bowled well for the last three or four weeks and has been a bit unlucky but Saturday was the best I’ve seen him bowl this season.

“I can’t believe how quickly he’s slotted into the team. The confidence he shows is amazing - just talking to him it’s like he’s 10 years older. He’s got a steady head on his shoulders and for a youngster to have that attitude is fantastic.

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“It’s our biggest result of the season. I feel like we have underperformed so far this year with the team we have got, so it was nice for it all to come together.”

It was not such good news for a depleted first team on Sunday, who crumbled to a 148-run loss to Rutland League Division One leaders Oundle Town.

Only Rob Tombs (29) and Wilcox (23) made meaningful contributions as March were skittled for 131 in reply to Oundle’s 292-2.

• BEN Pyle’s heroics helped March II beat Camden II by six wickets on Saturday.

Pyle took three wickets and scored 58, with Dan Martell (55 not out) and Rob Cumming (39) also helping March chase down Camden’s 193-7.

The second team suffered their third consecutive Fenland Trophy defeat on Sunday, losing to Witcham by eight wickets.

Stephen Wallis (58 not out), Jake Beart (41), Nathan Foad (26) and Toby Nulty (25) helped March to 191-7 but the visitors cruised to victory.

• TEENAGER Toby Nulty claimed a hat-trick and James Hilliard hit a century as March III smashed table-topping Pymoor by 166 runs.

Hilliard’s 101 helped March to 221-8 before Nulty (5-19) decimated Pymoor’s batting as the visitors crumbled to 55 all out.

• CHATTERIS enjoyed another successful weekend - as the first team crushed Cambridge Granta III by 237 runs on Saturday.

Kurt Cunningham (122 not out) and captain Ant Palmer (51) powered Chatteris to 284-4 before Granta folded for a miserable 47 all out. Palmer (5-11) was chief destroyer with the ball, helped by Andy Wool (3-27) and Mark Leach (2-6).

Leach did his damage with the bat on Sunday - crashing his way to 115 not out to help Chatteris rack up 305-5 in the Fenland Trophy. Leach was well supported by Joe Menarry who scored 76.

In reply, 14-year-old Kriss Brown took three wickets as Wisbech were bowled out for 100.

Chatteris II suffered a nine-wicket loss to Little Downham on Saturday, with Malcolm Perry (29) and Grant Osbourn (27) the leading run-scorers. Paul Foster took Chatteris’ only wicket.