Full round-up of Fenland cricket action

A FULL round-up of how Fenland’s cricket teams fared in their latest matches.

Tucker Gardner Premier League Division 1

Godmanchester I v Wisbech I

Godmanchester won by 7 wickets

WISBECH won the toss and decided to bat first in this Premier League clash on Saturday (3). Openers Simon Freer (1) and Ben Allsop (0) did not trouble the bowlers for long so it was up the middle order batsmen of Gary Freer (23 off 18 balls), James Williams (42) and Carl Pope (30) to put a defensible score together. Number nine Brad Apted (30no) was the best of the rest. Wisbech were bowled out in 42.2 overs for 179.

Best of the Godmanchester bowlers was Paul Swannell with 3-55. James Cowan had a tremendous spell of 10 overs, five maidens two wickets for just 12 runs.

In reply, Godmanchester made fairly short work of reaching Wisbech’s total and finished at 183-3 off just 35.5 overs. Wisbech’s bowlers Brandon, Allsop and Johnson each took a single wicket.

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March I v Sawston I

March won by 39 runs

MARCH were at Sawston for this premier league match. They batted first and made 174-9. Top scorer was James Harradine with 34 not out. Best of the Sawston bowlers were Henry Campbell with 3 for 36 off 13 overs and Sean Savage with 3 for 65 off 16. Aaron Pledger took 2 for 18 off seven.

Sawston’s batsmen could not cope with March’s bowlers and in reply they made 135 all out in 26.3 overs. Only two batsmen reached double figures, Ben Benson (20) and Aaron Pledger (30). Chris Ringham for March took 5 for 53 off 12 overs. He was supported by Stuart Mills and Matt Wilcox who each took two.

CCA Senior League 2

March II v Milton I

March won by 9 wickets

MARCH recorded a confident victory in a low scoring game against Milton on Saturday (3).

Milton batted first and were bowled out for 58 runs. Top score of 22 by opener Steve McHugh looked embarrassingly competent against the five noughts, two fours a five and a single of his team mates. Second highest score was Liam dye with 14. The Milton batsmen could not cope with March bowler James Beresford who must have recorded some of the best figures of his career – five wickets for eight runs off five overs. Andrew Wright took 3 for 20 off 7 and Jackman and Arnold took one each.

In reply, March opener Jake Wenman scored 41 in March’s total of 60-1. The win was achieved in 10.2 overs.

CCA Senior League 3

Chatteris v Wisbech II

Wisbech won by 49 runs

IN this return fixture from last weekend Chatteris, the home side, won the toss and elected to bowl first. They made a great start with opening bowler Andy Wool removing opener Parrin (1) and number three Stannard (0) in the fourth over with the score on just 8, and when home captain Ant Palmer had Clare given out lbw for just five runs, the visitors were 25 for 3 off 11 overs. But a solid partnership of 51 for the fourth wicket between opener Gavin Plume (58) and Gary Alexander (34) moved Wisbech forward and they ended at 188 for 9. Best of the Chatteris bowlers were Steve Stroud 3 for 31, Andy Wool 3 for 40, Ant Palmer 1 for 35, Mark Leach 1 for 32 and the young Dom Platt 1 for 42.

In reply Chatteris were never really in it, losing opener Oli Fox in the fourth over for nought after back to back half centuries in the two previous games, with only Mark Leach (44) making any dent in the total. Chatteris were all out for 139. Best of the bowlers was Parrin with 3 for 23, Tom Bourne too 3-34 and ryan Waterschoot 2 for 9.

CCA Junior League 2A

March III v Wimblington I

Winblington won by 4 wickets

MARCH batted first and made a respectable 189-5. Opener Pat Ringham top scored with 51 before being bowled by Sirajudeen. He was ably supported by Stimpson (21), Foad (39) and Nicholls (38). Ahmed Anver took 2 for 38 off his 10 overs.

In reply Wimblington made 192-6. Despite a batting wobble in the top of the order, opener Mark Woodall top scored with 71 before being caught by Fox off Stimpson. He was supported by Nafeer (32) and Pomfrett (23) and Wimblington reached their target in 34.3 overs. Stimpson and Hubbard each took two wickets, the other two being shared between Nulty and Gray.

CCA Junior League 3A

Burwell III v Chatteris II

Burwell won by four wickets

CHATTERIS decided to bat first on what proved to be an excellent batting track. Openers Malc Perry (94) and Liam Boxall (94) put on 196 for the first wicket and, with other players chipping in for the final few overs, Chatteris made a good 250 for 3 in their 40 overs. However this was not enough as Burwell made the most of the small ground, fast outfield and, on occasions, poor Chatteris bowling to score 254 for 6 winning with two overs to spare. Paul Foster was the pick of the Chatteris bowlers with 4 for 57, with three catches by wicketkeeper Wes Palmer, backed up by Adam Elliott 2 for 43.

CCA Junior League 4A

Fordham III v March IV

Fordham won by 74 runs

FORDHAM batted first and put together a total of 178-9 in their 40 overs. Sean Brighty top scored with 69 and opener Chris Foulds made 29. But apart from this, the Fordham side was devastated by the bowling of March’s Ken Mason who took seven wickets for 37 runs off his 10 overs. James Shepherd took the remaining two wickets.

March must have thought they were in with a good chance of winning this game but they were not prepared for the bowling of Sean Brighty which kept March fourths to 104 all out in just 26.4 overs. Top scorer was Manuj Patel (31) but eight March batsmen were restricted to single figure scores. Brighty finished with figures of 6-14 off his 10 overs, which included five maidens. Carl Houghton took two and Nick Clark one.

CCA Junior League 5A

Chatteris III v Willingham II

Willingham won by 27 runs

WILLINGHAM travelled to Chatteris where they batted first and made 163 for 8 against a weakened Chatteris side. Three of the visiting players scored 30 or more runs. The pick of the home bowlers was Ben Collit with 3 for 34 off 8 overs.

In reply the home side opened with 13 year-old Karl Anderson who was caught off the first ball. Fellow opener Cam Hall made a solid 21 including four 4s, stand in captain Stuart Porter made 24 and Ben Collit followed up his good spell with the ball by making a quickfire 23, coming in at number nine, but no one could carry on after making a start and Chatteris threes were bowled out for 136.

Fenland Trophy

Chatteris v Leverington

Chatteris won by 12 runs

A VERY young Chatteris side came out on top over visitors Leverington in a very close game. Chatteris batted first scoring 176 all out with contributions from Mark Leach (33) and Adrian Morton (33no). Leverington made good progress in the run chase but were hampered by losing wickets, finishing on 164 for 9. March Leach also shone with the ball for Chatteris with 4 for 21, well supported by Liam Boxall (3 for 21). Other wicket takers were Julian Young (1 for 24) and Cam Brown (1 for 37).

March II v Bluntisham

March won by 7 wickets

BLUNTISHAM won the toss on Sunday (4) and decided to bat first on their home ground. They made 228-6 off their 40 overs. Although it was pretty tough going for the March bowlers they only gave away 13 extras. Toby Nulty took 2 for 39 off his eight overs and Matthew Hubbard took 2 for 61 off his eight. Jackman and Beresford each took one wicket.

In reply, March seconds made 229-3 in 34.4 overs. Top scorer was John Wallis (74no), supported by Nathan Foad (44). Bluntisham’s seven bowlers all worked hard but could not make the breakthrough needed to win the game.

Rutland League Division 2

March Town Sunday I v Market Overton I

March won by 4 wickets

MARCH hosted Overton who won the toss and decided to bat. They made 176-8 off their 45 overs with middle order batsmen Munton (52) and Makwana (61) top scoring. March’s Richard Green had a golden spell when he picked up four Market Overton wickets for 26 runs in just seven overs. Matt Wilcox took 2 for 12 off his seven and Ringham and tombs had one each.

March opener Matt Wilcox excelled with the bat as well, making 83 not out of his team’s total of 178-6. Tommy Howgego made 35. March reached their score in 31.2 overs. Best of the opposition bowlers was Mark Hudson who took 3 for 31 off seven overs.