March 1st Xl v St Ives
Saturday, August 19
Back-to-back wins for the first time this
season in Whitings League Division 1 has boosted the 1st XI's levels of
confidence and thrown them a lifeline against relegation, having beaten bottom
St Ives by 103 runs at The Avenue on Saturday.
Consistent runs all the way down the order gave
them a healthy 230 run total before tea, with skipper Tyler Phillips leading the
way with a knock of 40. He was supported by his brother Brandon (34, Aussie
Clinton Bricker (33) and four further contributions.
However, the smile went from the skipper's face
when a routine slip catch was dropped off his bowling early on proved to be
costly, as the visitors romped to 99-2 off 22 overs.
Sam Clarke made the vital breakthrough on his
way to figures of 3-20 and with Andy Wright and Tommy Howgego each picking up a
brace, 10-man St Ives were bowled out for 127.
March 1st XI 230 all out, 48.3 overs,
(Tyler Phillips 40, Brandon Phillips 34, Clinton Bricker 33, Ben Pyle 26, Ben
Chapman 22, Sam Clarke 21, Lewis Welcher 19), St Ives 127 all out, 29.2 overs
(Sam Clarke 3-20, Tommy Howgego 2-5, Andy Wright 2-30).
Man of the Match: Sam Clarke
Skipper's verdict: You can't ask more than two wins in two
weeks. We've just got to keep adding points.
March 1st Xl v Kings Keys
Sunday, August 20
The Sunday 1st XI are looking a good bet for
promotion to Rutland League Division 1, after putting title rivals Kings
Keys into a spin at The Avenue.
With just two games remaining, March have a
19 point advantage over Kings Keys, who have a game in hand. However, the
visitors couldn't handle the slow bowlers in the top clash as Steve Coe
(5-34) and Geoff Kirby (3-49) weaved their magic in a vital 61 run victory -
eight catches being taken during the innings.
The visitors slumped from 134-2 to 182 all
out, in reply to the March total of 243-6. Vice-captain Brandon Phillips was
again on fire as he struck 82 runs off 53 balls - an innings that included
12 boundaries, three of which sailed over the ropes!
Ben Chapman remained unbeaten on 55 and
Curtis Oldroyd added a further 46 runs to an already impressive season.
March 1st XI 243-6, 45 overs (Brandon
Phillips 82, Ben Chapman 55no, Curtis Oldroyd 46, Rob Moden 32), Kings Keys
182 all out, 35.5 overs (Steve Coe 5-34, Geoff Kirby 3-49).
Man of the Match: Steve Coe/Geoff Kirby
Skipper's verdict: Fantastic performance, everyone dug in.
Two massive games left for us to win the title.