GALLERY: Ringham hits the winning runs against Nassington and announces he is standing down as March Town captain

March cricket v Waresley. Picture: Steve Williams.

March cricket v Waresley. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Saturday will mark the end of an era at March Town when Chris Ringham captains his final game.

The 33 year-old has decided to step down after nine seasons in the job, with a replacement to be announced at the club’s AGM in January.

Ringham, who will continue to play for the club, says it is the right time for a change.

He said: “I’ve been thinking about it for a few weeks. The team needs a bit of a shake-up and the easiest way is to start from the top with a new captain.

“In the past few weeks we have been drifting along in mid table. I’ve done it for nine years and the time feels right.

“I’ve still play if selected and will hope to maintain my place in the first team.”

Ringham hit the winning runs in his final home game as captain against Waresley in the Tucker Gardener League on Saturday.

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James Harradine did the damage with 5-46 as Waresley were restricted to 155-9.

Aussies Steve Seymour (58) and Stephen Shaw (38) were both in the runs but March lost five wickets in quick succession to set up a dramatic finale.

Their eighth wicket fell on 145 but Harradine (18 no) and Ringham (5 no) kept their composure to knock off the remaining runs.

Ringham said: “I was hoping not to bat but it was typical March - making hard work out of it.

“James (Harradine) bowled really well and was there at the end. It was a very good performance from him.”

Winning the title in 2007, in his second season in charge, was “without a shadow of doubt the highlight” of his tenure, he said.

Ringham says his side is determined to finish the season with a win against Nassington.

He said: “This has been a strange season. We’ve put in some of the best and worst performances of my whole nine years (in charge).

“The players tried their hardest to get a win in my final home game and we’ll look to do the same against Nassington as well.”