CRICKET: Skipper Phillips fearless as March Town claim derby bragging rights

PUBLISHED: 10:55 25 June 2019

Action from Wisbech vs March on Saturday. Picture: IAN CARTER

Action from Wisbech vs March on Saturday. Picture: IAN CARTER

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March Town skipper Tyler Phillips believes his team should not be taken lightly after clinching the local bragging rights in Cambs & Hunts Whitings League Division One.

Action from Wisbech vs March on Saturday. Picture: IAN CARTERAction from Wisbech vs March on Saturday. Picture: IAN CARTER

Phillips' men earned a narrow six-run victory over rivals Wisbech on Saturday, beating their neighbours at Harecroft Road for the first time in six years.

This latest win saw the visitors total 243-9, with a fourth wicket stand of 80 runs sowing the seeds of recovery from an early 66-3 position.

"Last year, we played Wisbech twice and should have beaten them twice, but ended up on the wrong side," Phillips said.

"We were struggling; they were 150-2 with (Josh) Bowers and (James) Williams going great guns.

Action from Wisbech vs March on Saturday. Picture: IAN CARTERAction from Wisbech vs March on Saturday. Picture: IAN CARTER

"All of a sudden, they got to seven an over, hit a couple in the air, we took the catches and it was game over.

"We believe in ourselves.

"I always say to them that we can go anywhere."

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Ben Pyle knocked a composed innings of 74 for March, with Shardul Brahmbhatt hitting an aggressive 55 from 66 deliveries.

Despite county wicketkeeper Josh Bowers leading the charge for Wisbech at 198-3 after tea, Pyle struck twice with his off-spinners and with captain Phillips throwing down the stumps to dismiss his counterpart Gary Freear, the match suddenly turned on its head.

Brahmbhatt returned for his second spell to post 3-41 figures and Saranga Rajaguru (2-52) bowled the final over as Wisbech required 15 runs to win.

March now prepare to host third-placed Histon at The Avenue this Saturday (12.30pm), who have claimed three successive wins.

Action from Wisbech vs March on Saturday. Picture: IAN CARTERAction from Wisbech vs March on Saturday. Picture: IAN CARTER

"I think this weekend is going to probably be the toughest test we've had," Phillips added.

"They've got a very good overseas (player) and they're in good form.

"Everyone writes March off; everyone thinks we're this nasty team with a bad reputation.

"I don't think we are and I think people are starting to find out we're actually a lot better than what people think we are."

March 4ths succumbed to a 99-run defeat to Wisbech 4ths in CCA Junior Division Four North, Harry Gowler recording an impressive 3-12 with the ball.

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