March 1st Xl v Godmanchester
Saturday, May 19
Spin ruled the day during an extraordinary
low-scoring match at The Avenue on Saturday, when the 1st XI came within one
wicket of securing their first victory of the season in Whitings League Division
After 30 without loss, visitors Godmanchester
had March on the rack at 45-5 with the introduction of their slow bowlers and
the match was all but done and dusted with a paltry 104 all out total.
But to their credit, the home side came roaring
back into the match with off-spinner Shardul Brahmbhatt snapping up 5-37 and Sri
Lankan Saranga Rajaguru taking 2-22 with his leg-spin.
At 70-9 Godmanchester looked down and out, only
for a last wicket stand of 35 to thwart March and deprive them of an additional
22 invaluable points.
March 1st XI 104 all out, 40 overs
(Brandon Phillips 21, James Harradine 17, Spencer Saberton 16, Tyler Phillips
15), Godmanchester 105-9, 29.4 overs (Shardul Brahmbhatt 5-37, Saranga Rajaguru
2-22, Tyler Phillips 1-15, Andy Wright 1-26).
Man of the Match: Shardul Brahmbhatt
Skipper's verdict: Having fought back so well in a game
where we were dead and buried, the outcome was a massive blow.
March 1st Xl v Isham
Sunday, May 20
The Sunday 1st XI dished out a 206-run thrashing as top met
bottom in a Rutland League Division 2 encounter at The Avenue.
Ben Chapman (74) and Rob Moden (47) gave the home side a great
start with a 137-run opening partnership, before both players fell without a
further run being scored.
That eventually let in skipper Brandon Phillips (76no) and Ben
Pyle (57), who plundered a further 118 runs for the fifth wicket in the total of
Isham, containing several youngster, made just 98 all out in
reply, with Steve Coe taking 3-19.
March 304-5, 45 overs (Barndon Phillips 76no, Ben Chapman 74,
Ben Pyle 57, Rob Moden 47), Isham 98 all out, 24 overs (Steve Coe 3-19, Spencer
Saberton 2-2, Dan Waltham 2-18, Adam Conyard 2-30).
Man of the Match: Ben Chapman
Skipper's verdict: A better performance thanks to a good
start from the openers. Everyone then bowled well for a convincing victory.