Ringham says March Town need to face up to relegation battle after Warboys loss while Vodnala inspires Fen derby win

Ben Pyle batting for March. Picture: Pat Ringham.

Ben Pyle batting for March. Picture: Pat Ringham. - Credit: Archant

March Town stand-in captain Chris Ringham says his side knows they are in a relegation dog fight after a 13 run home loss to fellow strugglers Warboys on Saturday.

They find themselves 10th out of 12 sides in the Tucker Gardner league, just three points ahead of second bottom Waresley.

March won the toss and made a solid start, with Andy Wright (3-34) restricting Warboys to 87-5. Ash Vodnala and James Harradine both picked up two wickets but the visitors battled to 163-9.

In reply, Ben Pyle top scored with 49, with Ash Vodnala making 32, but March could not recover from being 37-4 and fell to 150 all out.

Ringham said: “It was very disappointing to lose the game. I couldn’t fault the start we made with the ball but we then gave them too many runs. Having said that, 160 is not too many to chase.

“We lost too many early wickets and found ourselves on the back foot.

“We are aware that we are in a relegation battle. Maybe that extra pressure got to us.”

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Up next for March is a home clash with mid-table Foxton, who have not been at their best so far this campaign. Key all rounder Tyler Phillips will again be missing.

Ringham said: “Foxton are a good team so I’m surprised to see them as low down as they are. We’ve heard they have a very fast opening bowler so we will have to cope with him.

“If we can’t beat the teams below us, we need to start beating the teams above us.”

In CCA Senior Division One, March II lost by a thumping 202 runs at Great Shelford.

All was well, with Stuart Arnold taking 1-33 off his 12 overs and Adrian Bussey picking up 2-49, with the home side 81-4.

Then all hell broke loose against the slow bowlers and some of the youngsters, as Great Shelford smacked 232 runs off their last 21 overs to post 313-7.

John Gilson made a defiant 42 not out in reply, with James Hilliard making 29 on his return to the side in the 111 all out.

March III produced a spirited performance at home to Pymoor, losing by 20 runs in CCA Junior League Division 3N.

The visitors made 198-7, with Steven Coe returning figures of 4-43. In reply, Jamie Stimpson hit 47, with Coe 28 and Rob Conyard 20, as March were dismissed for 178.

March IV made it a blank day for the club when they lost by 118 runs to Cambridge St Giles III in CCA Junior League Division 5N.

The visitors were 207-5 at tea with Sam Mason taking 2-11 and Charlie Conyard 2-18. Will Curtis top-scored in the 89 all out reply.

Ash Vodnala inspired the Sunday first XI to only their second Rutland League Division Two win of the season, when they beat Whittlesey by 28 runs.

The Kiwi cracked 52 runs in the March total of 191-7. Clive Evans, Dave Walker and Hayder Ali took two wickets each.

Vodnala took 5-35 with his off-spin as the hosts, depsite Clive Evans’ 69, were dismissed for 163. Skipper Toby Nulty hit 52 and took 2-41.