March Cricket Club batsmen to pay price for string of disappointing performances

March II cricket vs Horseheath. Rob Tombs in bat for March.

March II cricket vs Horseheath. Rob Tombs in bat for March. - Credit: Archant

SOME of March’s batsman are likely to pay the penalty for their patchy early season form.

Captain Chris Ringham says he is looking to make changes to the batting line-up after March Cricket Club lost by 32 runs to Nassington in the Tucker Gardner League on Saturday.

Steve Seymour grabbed 4-36 and Ringham took 2-56 as Nassington were restricted to 183-7.

But an all too familiar early innings collapse saw March languishing at 33-4.

Carl Chapman’s blistering 61 and tail-ender Andrew Wright’s spirited 31 were not enough to prevent the side from falling to 151 all out.

Rob Tombs, who has made 185 and 73 in his last two second team outings, is one of the players in contention for a call-up.

Ringham said: “Our batting has let us down all season and we need to make changes.

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“We are looking to promote players from the second team, especially Rob Tombs, although he may have family commitments.”

It was not just the batsmen who were to blame on Saturday - the fielders put down a staggering seven catches.

Ringham said: “We should have kept them to 120 but that turned into 180 because of all the dropped catches.

“Some were more difficult than others, and I spilt an easy caught and bowled chance, but they all should have been taken.

“We dropped their opener on 10 and 20 and he went on to make a hundred.

“The bowlers are creating chances but we are not taking them, which definitely needs to be sorted out.”

March, who are third in the league, will look to bounce back when they travel to Foxton tomorrow, their third consecutive away match.