Albutt leads chase to keep Wisbech on top

Wisbech at home to March on Saturday. Wisbech batsman Sam Albutt. ANL-150606-170255009
Wisbech at home to March on Saturday. Wisbech batsman Sam Albutt. ANL-150606-170255009

Cambs League Division One leaders Wisbech cruised to an eight-wicket triumph at Saffron Walden 2nds.

The hosts had posted a total of 197 but opener Sam Albutt (76) top scored for Wisbech as they chased down the target with ease.

Earlier Gary Freear (4-40) had taken his tally for the season to 33 wickets, the second best total in the division.

March suffered a six-wicket loss to an in-form Nassington side.

March won the toss and elected to bat first but failed to put up a substantial score as they were bowled out for 115 in the 33rd over on a difficult wicket.

Nassington steadily chased the score down in the 30th over.

March 2nd XI lost an exciting rain reduced Fenland Trophy game to Chatteris at Wenny Road on Sunday by 12 runs.

Chatteris scored 150-7 off their 30 overs, the match being affected by early rain. Oli Bailey stroked his way to an excellent 56 (six 4’s) while the best bowler was Charlie Revell with three wickets.

March started well and looked set for victory with the score at 92/1 with ten overs to go after a 67-run partnership between skipper Jacob Gray (24) and vice captain Stephen Wallis, 47. They were both out in very quick succession and despite a valiant 19 from Sam Clarke the side finished on 138-7.

Wimblington 2nds lost out to Wisbech 4ths in a match that went to the final ball. Wisbech made 200 all out with 52 from Tom Buck and 55 not out from A. Shipley. John Bradley was the pick of the Wimblington bowlers, taking 4-32 from 10 overs.

In reply Mark Woodall hit 56 at the top of the innings whilst skipper Terry Pomfrett contributed 25. Needing a six to win, Andy Woodard found the boundary but couldn’t clear the ropes to leave him on 30 not out, Wisbech bowler J. Mallett enjoying figures of 6-25.

Wimblington’s Sunday young Fenland Trophy side enjoyed their first win of the season. Bowling hosts Wisbech out for 37, the wickets were shared between Josh Hutchison (3-16), Kev Marsh (2-8), Jack Dent (2-4) and one each for Conner Porter and Jess Munton.

After losing three early wickets an unbeaten 23 from Matty Hawes saw Wimblington reach the target.

Wimblington 1sts had an unexpected weekend off after Pymoor conceded their game.

Scores

Nassington beat March by 6 wkts

March 115 (B. Pyle 31, A. Vodnala 26, D. Hodson 22). Nassington 116-4 (Vodnala 3-55).

Saffron Walden 2nds lost to Wisbech by 8 wkts.

Saffron Walden 191-9 (G. Freear 4-40, B. Ellis 3-16). Wisbech 197-2 (S. Albutt 79, D. Haynes 38, J. Williams 36no, J. Bowers 25).