Back in the 'big time' they might
be, but the 1st XI suffered a reality check at The Avenue on Saturday when
Histon crushed them by 76 runs in the opening Whitings League Division 1 match
of the season.
Newly promoted and with two sound
warm-up performances under their belts, March came up short when it mattered.
Having fought their way back in the field from 168-3 to dismiss the visitors for
214, they looked a good bet to go on to win. But an undistinguished batting
display saw them shot out for 138 with 17.4 overs remaining!
Feel sorry for Matty Vail, who came
into the side to take 5-19 with his slow left-armers, after Aussie Clinton
Bricker had made the breakthrough with a quick three wicket burst. But Bricker
couldn't match his bowling with the bat when he was dismissed caught and bowled
The Phillips' brothers finished
top-scorers - skipper Tyler with 42 and the in-form Brandon with 38. Stuart
Mills capped a fine all-round display with 27.
On a brighter note, March did picked
up 12 bonus points and sit midway in the table.
Histon 214 all out, 49.2 overs
(Matty Vail 5-19, Clinton Bricker 3-39, Stuart Mills 2-50),
March 1st XI 138 all out, 32.4 overs (Tyler Phillips 42, Brandon Phillips 38,
Stuart Mills 27).
Sunday's 1st XI match at The Avenue
was in stark contrast to the previous day's as 10-man visitors Ufford Park were
put to the sword and the opening Rutland League Division 2 match of the season
was over inside 42 overs.
The Ufford openers offered some
resistance before Steve Coe's slow left-arm bowling saw them shot out for 95.
Brandon Phillips (50no) and Nathan Oliver (31no) produced an unbeaten second
wicket stand of 87 as the winning runs came off just 11.1 overs!
Ufford Park 95 all out, 30 overs
(Steve Coe 4-19, Clinton Bricker 2-25, Spencer Saberton 1-13, Sam Clarke 1-37).
March 1st XI 96-1, 11.1 overs (Brandon Phillips 50no, Nathan Oliver 31no).
The Sunday 2nd XI lost out by four
wickets in a low-scoring friendly match away to Wimblington.
March were shot out for 58 runs in
just 18 overs, with Simon Bradshaw top-scoring with 19.
In reply, the hosts knocked off the
runs for six wickets, with Dan Waltham taking 3-27.
March 2nd XI 58 all out, 18 overs
(Simon Bradshaw 19), Wimblington 59-6, 17.5 overs (Dan Waltham
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