March are left high and dry as rain wrecks league programme

PUBLISHED: 10:43 12 May 2006 | UPDATED: 21:51 28 May 2010

John and Stephen Wallis

John and Stephen Wallis

RAIN played havoc with the weekend s cricket, and March Town s first team were unable to complete either one of their two scheduled fixtures. Saturday s match at Granta II came to a premature end but the rain would certainly have been welcomed by March af

RAIN played havoc with the weekend's cricket, and March Town's first team were unable to complete either one of their two scheduled fixtures.

Saturday's match at Granta II came to a premature end but the rain would certainly have been welcomed by March after they were set an imposing target.

The home side lost only four wickets as they raced to a total of 287 from 48 overs.

At one point, they were on 92-3, but opener Cherry (157 not out) and number five Borgelet (72) guided them to a fine score.

Ed Rodgers proved to be the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-41 and Australian Peter Hills took the other.

March lost two early wickets but Shardul Brahmbhatt and Rodgers both steadied the ship with scores of 21 not out before the heavens opened.

There was no play in Sunday's Rutland League derby match with Wisbech.

March II's CCA Senior League Division One match at home to Abington on Saturday also fell foul to the rain and neither side picked up points after the match was abandoned.

The home side welcomed back former first team captain, David Kenning, who, after a two-year absence, contributed a good innings of 28 not out.

However, despite other good knocks from John Wallis (41), Lewis Hilliard (32) and Pat Ringham (24), March struggled to 161-5 from 45 overs.

Abington got their reply off to a good start and put on 99 for the first wicket but the rain came to March's rescue and the visitors' chase was halted at 118-3.

The three wicket-takers were Greg Short, Stuart Arnold and new captain Brian Tombs.

- DODDINGTON got their CCA Senior League Division Three challenge under way on Saturday with a very good win at Burwell.

The home team scored well to reach 290-5 from 45 overs despite the efforts of Mathew Bamford (2-60).

However, Doddington replied with their own display of fine batting and secured the win in the 42nd over.

Kiran Brahmbhatt top-scored with a superb 98 and Harry Vaheesan and Antony Bamford chipped in with 23 and 25 respectively.

But it was an excellent seventh wicket partnership between James Harradine (54 not out) and Barrie Carter (25 not out) that guided Doddington to victory.

March Town fixtures

1.30pm start unless stated

Saturday

March v Kimbolton (Tucker League)

Over v March II (CCA League)

NCI III v March III (CCA League)

March IV v Witcham II (CCA League) - 2pm

Sunday

Nassington v March (Rutland League)

March II v Warboys (Fenland Trophy) - 2pm

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