GALLERY: Ringham laments another batting failure as March fall to fourth straight loss

March cricket vs Castor and Ailsworth

March cricket vs Castor and Ailsworth - Credit: Archant

MARCH’S alarming slump continued with a humiliating 151 run home defeat to Castor & Ailsworth on Saturday,

March cricket vs Castor and Ailsworth

March cricket vs Castor and Ailsworth - Credit: Archant

The visitors batted first and were struggling at 12-3 but former March player Rob Woolley came back to haunt his old side with 94 as they rallied to 246-6 declared, despite Tyler Phillips’ 4-60.

In reply, March’s batting woes resurfaced and they once again failed to make three figures, crashing to 95 all out.

Their fourth consecutive defeat sees them remain in fifth in the Tucker Gardner League, only eight points clear of seventh place Sawston.

Captain Chris Ringham said: “At the start of the season on damper pitches our seamers were putting things in our favour.

“As the pitches have dried out we’ve needed to put some more runs on the board but have not been able to.

“Castor have some excellent professional players, led by Rob Woolley, who made the difference.”

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Ringham bemoaned his side’s continued inability to apply themselves with the bat.

He said: “It’s very frustrating. We showed a lack of application and played big shots far too early.

“In fairness we were chasing a big total against Castor but that has not always been the case this season.

“There have been plenty of games were we have been set a small total and only needed to bat sensibly at three an over but, rather than playing properly, we try and get too clever and rattle along at six an over.”

March will hope to end their losing run when they visit second bottom St Ives on Saturday.

Ben Pyle is set to make a first team comeback after scoring a career best 152 not out for the seconds on Saturday, while David Hodson is back from his holiday.

Ringham said: “We need this losing run to end quickly because we don’t want another miserable Saturday night.”