Batting woes continue in fourth successive loss

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Wisbech Town made it four successive defeats in the Cambs Tucker League when losing out by three wickets to Godmanchester on Saturday with once again the batting letting them down.

It was bad day for the club with all four teams losing, but they bounced back on Sunday with three wins.

Wisbech firsts batted first and after losing openers David Wood and Simon Freear early on were always struggling to get going. Gary Freear 18, James Williams 28, Sam Albutt 24 and Brad Apted 18 were the best of the scorers as Wisbech were bowled out for a disappointing 139.

Godmanchester were always on target for victory chasing such a small total although Freear bowled well for four for 31 and Craig Johnson took two for 40 as Godmanchester reached 142 for seven off 29.4 overs.

A disappointed Wisbech skipper James Williams said: “It was always going to be difficult with just 139 runs on the board and we needed 20 or 30 more to have any chance. Gary Freear and Craig Johnson bowled well but we have to be scoring more runs.”

One good thing from the game was that Australian Drew Jones made his debut. The right-arm bowler had just two overs on a wicket that favoured spin but Williams commented: “I am sure he will do well for us.”

Wisbech are away to Nassington this weekend and a fifth defeat will surely signal fears of relegation rather than a title seeking team.

On Sunday Wisbech avenged an earlier defeat by Eaton Socon in the Rutland League by beating them by three wickets on Sunday.

Eaton Socon reached 211 for four off their 45 overs with Aussie Drew Jones capturing two wickets for 42 runs off 11 overs.

Gary Freear opened the batting and kept his end going with 79. Although more wickets fell, Carl Pope 50 and James Williams 55 not out helped steer them to victory with five balls to spare.

Wisbech seconds opened their CCA Senior Division 2 campaign with a 90-run defeat against Yelling who reached 205 for nine.

Ivan Burgess was best of the Wisbech bowlers with four for 22 and Kieran Haynes took three for 37.

In reply Wisbech suffered a middle order collapse after Gavin Plume 17 and Dom Stannard 23 and it was left to Matt Pack 28 and Lyndon Waters to restore some dignity as they were eventually all out for 115.

Wisbech thirds also suffered defeat losing by 84 runs to Little Downham in Junior Division 2A.

Little Downham accumulated 228 for four off 40 overs while Wisbech reached 144 all out with Gary Alexander 32 and Dan Martell 35 top scoring.

To complete a miserable day for the Wisbech club the fourth team lost out by six wickets against Wilburton in Junior 3A.

Wisbech were bowled out for just 61.

On Sunday Wisbech seconds had a seven wicket win against Geddington in Rutland League Division Five.

Geddington were bowled out for 61 with Waters taking five for 18 in 10.4 overs.

Sam Darlow 18 and Keith Jakings 18 top scored in the winning reply.

The third team made it three wins on the day by beating Wimblington by a massive 147 runs in the Fenland League.

Wisbech’s openers Dan Martell 56 and Nick Pack 68 got the innings off to a good start and then Tim Chapman 27, Graham Pack 24 and Tom Chapman 20 took the total to 243 for four.

Wimblington were bowled out for 96 with Muhammad Niaz taking four for 35.