The 1st XI need just seven points from
their two remaining matches to clinch promotion back to Tucker League Division 1
at the first attempt, following a narrow two wicket success away to Cambridge
Grants 2nd XI. And an added bonus in the race to become champions, leaders St
Ives lost and are now just 11 points clear at the top - the teams meet next
Skipper Tyler Phillips took 3-21 as the
home side were dismissed for 155 at Clare College. Sam Freedman picked up 2-27
and teenager Sam Clarke 2-19.
At 10-2, Brandon Phillips (54) and Ben
Pyle put together a 68-run partnership before a mini collapse. Tyler Phillips
continued his good form with the bat with an unbeaten 26 - teaming up with Toby
Nulty (15) for a vital late stand of 42.
Cambridge Granta 2nd XI 155 all out
(Tyler Phillips 3-21, Sam Clarke 2-19, Sam Freedman 2-27), March 1st XI 156-8
(Brandon Phillips 54, Tyler Phillips 26no, Ben Pyle 20, Toby Nulty 15).
The 2nd XI's fate still hangs in the
balance after the bottom of the table clash in CCA Senior League Division 2
against Cottenham was abandoned with 18 overs remaining and the match evenly
March fought back to contain the
visitors to a 204 all out total off their reduced 40 overs, with Manuj Patel
bagging 3-23 and Richard Green 3-37.
Patel then teamed up with opening
batsman Steve Hinson for an unbeaten 85-run fourth wicket partnership. When the
rain fell March were 119-3, Hinson on 44no and Patel 31no.
Cottenham 204 all out, 38.4 overs (Manuj
Patel 3-23, Richard Green 3-37, James Beresford 2-20, Sam Mason 2-48), March 2nd
XI 119-3, 22 overs (Steve Hinson 44no, Manuj Patel 31no).
The 3rd XI's match with Wisbech 3rds
also fell victim to Saturday's afternoon's storms - March taking the wooden
spoon in CCA Junior League Division 2N.
The Sunday 1st XI slipped to their
third successive defeat when they lost by a heavy 124-run margin to Rutland
League Division 2 promotion candidates Grantham.
The visitors were dismissed for 240,
with Tyler Phillips returning figures of 3-49 and skipper Andy Wright 3-57.
And in reply Brandon Phillips hit the
top score of the day for the second day running, with a knock of 26, as the side
was bowled out for 116.
Grantham 240 all out (Tyler Phillips
3-49, Andy Wright 3-57, Sam Clarke 2-62), March 1st XI 116 all out (Brandon
Phillips 26, Ben Pyle 17, Tyler Phillips 14).
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