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Newmarket Cricket Club prepared for crunch survival clash with March Town

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Saturday’s home match-up with March Town is one Newmarket Cricket Club can ill afford to lose.

The Stampede head into the clash at The Severals (1pm) sitting in the relegation zone following last weekend’s defeat at the hands of table-topping Wisbech Town.

And if Mark Nunn’s men are to make a push towards preserving their Whiting & Partners Division One status, the visit of March looks the perfect place to start.

Mark Nunn's Newmarket have a crucial clash with March this weekend. Picture: Mecha Morton
Mark Nunn's Newmarket have a crucial clash with March this weekend. Picture: Mecha Morton

The visitors are the side directly above second-from-bottom Newmarket, with a shade under 30 points splitting the two teams.

As a result, the importance of coming out on top is not lost upon captain Nunn, who said: “Every game is like a cup final for us now.

“We’re getting chances in most matches to win but we can’t find a way at the moment.

“It’s been a bit of a struggle but it’s not all doom and gloom – we know as a group we’ve got the players.

“One win can do a lot for confidence, especially if it’s an important win, which it would be on Saturday.”

The trip to Wisbech was always viewed as a free hit, with the hosts looking a good bet to be crowned champions having lost just one game so far this term.

From Nunn’s perspective he felt his men found themselves up against an opposition outfit on top of their game, although he was pleased with how Newmarket acquitted themselves.

“They won the toss and batted first so it was always going to be tough,” he added. “The pitches aren’t doing much because there’s no moisture and the outfields are lightning quick, so it was a good toss to win and bat first.

“They’re a good side, you could see that. They’re a confident group and when you have a tight knit side like they do it helps you to win matches.

“It was tough in the heat but when we batted we were always up with the rate until they took a couple of blinding catches.

“That hampered us but overall we cannot be overly disappointed – there was pluses to take forward.”

Nunn is also hopeful that recent overseas addition Crystian Thurton could prove to be the difference maker down the home straight.

The West Indian has made an impressive impact since arriving, particularly when scoring a swashbuckling century against Easton Socon earlier this month.

Nunn said: “He’s been really good. Crystian is young, very talented and you can see he’s one of the top players in the league. I think he could make the difference in the remaining games.

“We’ve got a good group but sometimes you need that bit of extra quality to get you over the line.”