Three out of four
IT WAS almost a perfect weekend for March Cricket Club, with its teams winning three of their four senior matches. A solid performance was rewarded with a three-wicket victory in Saturday s home Tucker League match against Nassington. Excellent bowling fr
IT WAS almost a perfect weekend for March Cricket Club, with its teams winning three of their four senior matches.
A solid performance was rewarded with a three-wicket victory in Saturday's home Tucker League match against Nassington.
Excellent bowling from Australian Ben Stallworthy (4-37) and Ed Rodgers (4-67) put pressure on the visitors, who scored 199 all out.
March were put on the back foot with the loss of early wickets, but aggressive batting from Shardul Brahmbhatt (24), Rodgers (39), Rob Tombs (39) and Chris Ringham (22) steered the home side to victory with three wickets remaining.
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March II were also in winning form to comfortably see off visitors Fulbourn in their CCA Senior Division One match.
The March opening partnership proved to be a deciding factor as John Wallis (125 not out) received support from Connor Cunningham (116) in a sparkling start to the match.
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Their efforts propelled March to an imposing score of 288-3, which proved too much for Fulbourn.
Good team bowling resulted in two-wicket hauls for Manuj Patel, Rudi Oosthuizen and Richard Green and, with wickets tumbling at regular intervals, the visitors were dismissed 93 runs short of their target.
The only blemish for March came with a heavy defeat for March II in their home match against rivals Doddington.
Neil Alger's 52 was the highlight for March who were dismissed for 172. Doddington's Kevin Smith (3-56), Daniel Martell (2-31) and Scott Bamford (2-35) all proved to be thorns in March's side.
And Doddington continued to push for victory with the bat and Chris Dove (73 not out), Pat O'Connor (41 not out) and Martell (40) guided the visitors to their target with nine wickets intact.
March II were back in action on Sunday when they entertained Warboys in a friendly fixture.
Stephen Wallis (53) and Andy Bayes (31) were the men in form to rescue March's innings and take them to a score of 148 all out.
Any doubts about the result were quickly dispelled as Bayes (4-16) and Callum Young (3-1) destroyed the visitors' batting order and reduced them to 82 all out.