Captain savours ‘must-win’ Fen derby as March Town boost play-off bid
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March Town boosted their play-off chances in Whitings & Partners Division One of the Cambs & Hunts Premier League with a narrow derby win over their Fenland neighbours.
Andy Wright’s men dug deep to earn a two-wicket victory over Wisbech on Saturday, having successfully chased down the hosts’ 226-6 with nine balls remaining.
A strong third-wicket partnership between Ben Chapman (55) and Shardul Brahmbhatt (82) helped March to a fifth straight derby win in all competitions, something Wright feels can prove crucial for his team.
“We knew it was a must-win game to stay above them in the league and give us a chance of getting into the top four,” he said.
“They got a good score on the board, which was always going to be tricky to chase down.
“We shook things up from the week before when we were in a slump, made some changes and it proved to be the right decision.”
Alex Millard’s 2-22 plus wickets for Brahmbhatt, Sam Clarke and Scott Welcher in rainy conditions did the damage, despite Wisbech opener Danny Haynes cracking 101 including 13 fours.
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March face a tricky trip to second-placed Histon 1sts on Saturday, August 22 (12.30pm), before visiting fellow top four outfit Foxton in their final two games of the regular season.
“We’re raring to go. We know we’ve got to try and win at least one of the two, but ideally two out of two would be great,” Wright said.
“With our batting, we haven’t performed well but at Wisbech, we changed that, which was good to see because I know we can do it.
“It would be good for us to carry on and put a good score on the board. I have confidence that we can change the game and get the win.”
On Sunday, March 1sts fell to a nine-wicket defeat at Kings Keys 1sts in Division One of the Rutland League, having been dominated by bowler Malik Shahid Sadiq’s 6-27 in the visitors’ 92 all out score.
The hosts were able to chase down the total in just over nine overs.
This Saturday, March 2nds welcome Chatteris 1sts to The Avenue in a local derby in CCA Group A, while the Sunday 1st XI aim for their first league win of the campaign at home to Barnack 1sts on Sunday, August 23 (12pm).