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Newmarket Cricket Club chalk up much needed victory during trip to March Town

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Captain Mark Nunn was pleased with the ‘collective batting performance’ his Newmarket side produced during last weekend’s ‘must win’ clash against March Town.

A defeat would have left the second-from-bottom Stampede facing an uphill task to preserve their Whiting & Partners Division One status with only a handful of games remaining.

Going beyond 200 runs has proven tricky for Newmarket this term, but after Nunn won the toss and elected to bat first, they went on to a put a highly competitive score of 247 for March to chase.

Newmarket CC recorded a much needed win over March. Picture: Mark Westley
Newmarket CC recorded a much needed win over March. Picture: Mark Westley

As it was, the Cambridgeshire-based hosts could only muster 171 runs in reply before being bowled out, which in turn saw Newmarket’s gap to safety slashed to only three points.

“Our overseas (Crystian Thurton) top scored again with 63, I got 57 and then there was a few 20s and 30s,” said Nunn.

“Us two might have got the half centuries but it was a collective batting performance and the most pleasing thing is we didn’t collapse.

“We’ve either started well then collapsed or not started well and been forced to recover, but you won’t win many games that way.

“It was a big confidence boost to go so far beyond 200 because it gave the bowlers a decent total to defend in a must win game.”

On Saturday Newmarket will make the trip to face their ‘bogey team’ Old Leysians (12pm).

The two teams were promoted together last term from Division Two with the same amount of points, but Newmarket are yet to taste victory in the three meetings between the sides.

Nunn added: “We’ve lost all three games we’ve played against them and you could say they’re a bit of a bogey team for us.

“They beat us last year but we got the same points so I wouldn’t say they’re necessarily a better side than us, it’s just they have played the smarter cricket in the games we’ve played.”

Newmarket head to the Leys School at the weekend sitting 31 points behind their hosts.

Seventh-placed Old Leysians, meanwhile, go into the fixture having won their last two encounters against Eaton Socon and Stamford Town.