Cricket: King George steers March to victory

Andrew George in batting action for March Town

Andrew George in batting action for March Town - Credit: Archant

Andrew George was the hero as March Town beat the Cambs & Hunts Premier League basement boys and the weather last Saturday.

March Town face the camera

March Town face the camera - Credit: Archant

George hit an unbeaten 33 - his top score at Whiting & Partners Division One level this summer - to steer March to a four-wicket win against Ramsey at The Avenue.

He featured in a 54-run partnership with James Hilliard (18no) for the seventh wicket which proved crucial after March had found themselves in the uncomfortable position of 79-6 when chasing the visitors' posting of 130.

March captain Tyler Phillips made early breakthroughs with the ball to claim 3-18 before the remaining seven Ramsey wickets fell to spin.

Overseas ace Saranga Rajaguru took 3-15 with Ben Pyle and Shardul Brahmbhatt recording identical figures of 2-15.

Brahmbhatt was the only top-order March batsman to have any joy - hitting 36 from 32 balls - as their reply threatened to go badly wrong.

But George and Hilliard steadied the ship to earn a fifth win of the summer that moved March up to fifth place in the standings.

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March were brushed aside by the Rutland League leaders last Sunday.

Their long trip to Grantham ended in a five-wicket defeat after they were dismissed for just 126.

It was a batting performance which mirrored that of the previous day as March slumped to 37-6 before a smart seventh-wicket stand restored pride.

Ben Chapman hit seven boundaries in his top-scoring effort of 47 while Spencer Saberton added 29.

Rajaguru (3-35) and Sam Clarke (2-19) then had the table-topping hosts in trouble at 74-5 in reply, but no more wickets fell as Grantham eased to glory.

March are without a Cambs & Hunts Premier League fixture tomorrow but host Castor & Ailsworth in the Rutland League on Sunday (1pm).