Derby win hands Wisbech the title

Castor v Wisbech in Jaidka Cup semi final action at Port Lane. Wisbech batsman Simon Freear
Castor v Wisbech in Jaidka Cup semi final action at Port Lane. Wisbech batsman Simon Freear

Wisbech landed the Cambs Tucker Premier League title by beating local rivals March by 58 runs - and 24 hours later beat Essex side Frinton in the East Anglian Premier Division play-off semi-final.

Saturday’s local derby at The Avenue was delayed by 50 minutes due to the wet conditions and went the way of the form book, as March 1sts had not won since July 6.

The hosts’ Callum Young claimed a magnificent 7-41 from the pavilion end with his right arm seam. Wisbech had made 52 without loss from the first 13 overs, when Young broke the deadlock by bowling skipper Alan Burton in his second over.

Young took a further two wickets in the next couple of overs and that included Gary Freear (lbw for 48), easily the stand-out batsman in the whole match.

Wisbech closed on 154-9 in the 42nd over, Stuart Mills 2-30. The rain rule kicked in and the net result was March required 155 from 44 overs, with the loss of a two-wicket penalty.

The scoreboard soon read 22-3 (or 22-5). Tyler Phillips hit a steady 22, with the highest score going to veteran wicketkeeper John Gilson, 25, in what could well be his final 1st Xl match.

That left March 96 all out in 32 overs, with the wickets being shared.

On Sunday Wisbech finished on 211-6 from their 50 overs with 64 for Simon Freear, Kieran Haynes 43 and Brad Perrett 34. Craig Johnson finished with great figures, 4 for 31 off 10 overs, in Frinton’s reply to win by eight runs, while Kiwi Perrett took the crucial final two wickets.