March 1st Xl v Foxton
Saturday, September 2
The 1st XI came agonisingly close to clinching
one of the big upsets of the day in Whitings League Division 1, when they were
beaten by 17 runs away to reigning champions Foxton.
Chris Ringham (3-25) took out three of the top
four, as he and skipper Tyler Phillips (1-15) had the home side rocking at 31-4
after 16 overs. Foxton managed to rally before left-arm slow bowler Spencer
Saberton picked up 4-16 in no time as the Cambridge based side were dismissed
March, unfortunately, were two down inside
seven balls and Phillips had to put his batting head on for a defiant 27. But
with Curtis Oldroyd (10) the only other batsman to make double figures, the
visitors were bowled out for 96 in yet another match of 'what might have been?'
League wise, March remain in the bottom two,
but relegation may not be automatic depending upon where the likes of
table-toppers Ketton and Ramsey play their cricket next season.
Foxton 113 all out, 44.3 overs (Spencer
Saberton 4-16, Chris Ringham 3-25, Tyler Phillips 1-15, Sam Clarke 1-15, Andy
Wright 1-41), March 1st XI 96 all out, 36.3 overs (Tyler Phillips 27)
Man of the Match: Tyler Phillips
Skipper's verdict: A spirited performance against a very
good team. We weren't disgraced!
March 1st Xl v Weldon
Sunday, September 3
The Sunday 1st XI could well have blown both
their chances of the Rutland League Division 2 title and promotion,
following a crushing 89-run defeat at the hands of close rivals Weldon.
Although March remain top, Weldon will win
the division if they are successful next weekend and if fourth placed King's
Keys win both their remaining two matches they will finish second.
March skipper Andy Wright did his best on
the day when he picked up the first hat-trick of his career, with the first
three deliveries of his second spell. It took him to 50 wickets for the
season and saw the visitors slump from 161-5 to 161-8 and then 188 all out.
Wright finished with 4-22, with spinners Steve Coe and Geoff Kirby each
picking up two wickets.
March were then two down for 24 before the
big loss of leading run-scorer Brandon Phillips for just 4 with the total on
39. Curtis Oldroyd, one of the most improved players of the season, hit a
top score of 43 in the all out total of 99.
Weldon 188 all out, 41.3 (Andy
Wright 4-22, Steve Coe 2-30, Geoff Kirby 2-42), March 1st XI 99 all out,
27.1 overs (Curtis Oldroyd 43, Ben Chapman 16).
Man of the Match: Andy Wright
Skipper's verdict: It simply wasn't our day, but we can
hold our heads up high for the season we have had.