Bowling blitz on Ramsey

FOR the second week running March Town first team s skipper Chris Ringham and all-rounder Ed Rodgers were at the forefront of the bowling attack, sharing seven wickets between them in a three-wicket win at Ramsey. The result moved March up to third place

FOR the second week running March Town first team's skipper Chris Ringham and all-rounder Ed Rodgers were at the forefront of the bowling attack, sharing seven wickets between them in a three-wicket win at Ramsey.

The result moved March up to third place in the Tucker Gardner Division One.

Ringham returned figures of 4-47 and Rodgers took 3-59.

March were chasing a target of 163 and, due to a late start, had four overs less than the maximum 48 to bat.

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But the win was still comfortable as the main players all scored throughout the order. Rodgers was in a bullish mood - hitting seven fours and a six in his 38 - and telling contributions came from Steve Seymour (25) and Andrew Mills and Andrew Devenish, who hit 23 runs apiece.

The eighth-wicket stand sealed victory with the experienced Steve Hinson (29 not out) and former captain Nigel Wright (16 not out) sharing in an unbeaten 27.

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An amazing turnaround that will surely haunt March second team's bowlers for the rest of the season saw Royston smash 145 runs in their final 20 overs to take a three-wicket win at The Avenue.

The game looked to be heading for a certain home victory in the CCA Senior League Division Two clash.

But Royston's No 4 batsman Paul Miller produced a match-winning performance, hoisting three sixes over the short leg-side boundary on his way to a devastating 97 not out and a shock win for the visitors.

March's two opening bowlers Callum Young and Stuart Arnold bowled a good line, but after Richard Green had claimed three wickets with his off-spin, the wheels came off as March were unable to defend the boundaries.

Earlier at the tea interval, March were in confident mood - having racked up an impressive 190-8.

And that was after having lost two wickets in the second over of the day.

The middle order batsmen all backed up March opener Jon Kaberry, who continued his good form with 44 at the top of the order.

Pat Ringham weighed in with 19, David Haslegrave 15 and Green 28 before the highest stand of the day between Gary Nicholls and Young.

They put on 65 for the ninth wicket, with Nicholls unbeaten on 49 and Young playing very straight for 12 not out.

Doddington Cricket Club's only surviving weekend game was their first team's six-wicket away defeat to Babraham in the CCA Senior League Division One.

Batting first, Doddington were all out for 148 in 32.4 overs.

Several Doddington batsmen made promising starts that weren't converted into big scores with Mathew Bamford top-scoring on 38.

Kiran Brahmbhatt made 28 and Dan Martell hit 21.

Despite having Babraham at 15-4, Doddington couldn't stop their opponents from reaching their target.

James Fountain took 2-15 from eight overs and Ivan Burgess grabbed 2-23 from five, but 64 from A. Palmer and 56 from F. Cooke saw Babraham reach 149 in 30.1 overs.

Doddington's first team travel to St Ives tomorrow while the seconds, whose match on Saturday against Ely fell victim to the weather, host Wimblington.

A good all-round display and some fantastic bowling from Chucky Platt, who took 3-10 from eight overs, helped Chatteris second team beat St Ives fourths win by 71 runs and move up to third in the CCA Junior Division 4A.

Winning the toss, Chatteris captain Grant Osbourn decided to bat and this saw a steady flow of runs from debutant Ian Shinton who scored 30, replaced by Pete Fox who got a creditable 38.

The top partnership of the day was between young Ernie Wool (16 not out) and Grant Osbourn (36 not out) who scampered fast singles to move Chatteris to close on 145.

With the ball in their hands and a menacing looking sky, Chatteris had to look lively in the field and the opening strike pair of John West and Ian Shinton got to work on the St Ives top order.

West finished with 2-17 and Shinton 3-28 and Platt's superb performance wrapped up the victory.

Another fine performance in the field saw March's Sunday side secure an 89-run Fenland Trophy win at Leverington.

On a damp wicket March were were soon struggling at 17-2.

But skipper Stephen Wallis (68 not out) and young Jake Wenman, who smashed 11 boundaries in his 60, got on top of the bowling and added 126 for the third wicket to give the visitors a respectable 172.

In the field Richard West took a wicket with the first ball of the innings and wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and Leverington were bowled out in 23 overs to give March victory by 89 runs.

The wickets were shared by West (2-16), Josh Jackman (1-20), James Beresford (3-25), Jordan Morgan (2-14) and Daniel Woods (1-4).

All of Wisbech Cricket Club's Saturday matches were called off due to heavy rain.

A 125 not out from David Boniface and 65 from Simon Freear helped Wisbech Town's first Sunday side to a place in the semi-final of the Smith Barry Cup.

After Wisbech scored 264-9, hosts Kimbolton replied with 206 all out.

Gavin Plume (3-23), Ivan Burgess (3-46), Tom Bourne (2-28) and Ryan Watershoot (2-37) took the wickets.

A 45 from Carl Pope, 38 not out from Paul Strickle 36 from Martin Parrin and 24 from Sam Darlow saw Wisbech's second Sunday side to a 30-run Fenland Invitation Trophy victory at Warboys.

After Wisbech amassed 201-5, Warboys replied with 171-8.

Jordan Trundle was Wisbech's best bowler with 4-27.

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