Duo join forces to set up comfortable win

Wisbech Town’s James Williams and David Wood shared a mammoth 226-run fifth wicket partnership to set up a comfortable 146-run victory over Granta seconds in the Cambs Tucker League at Harecroft Road on Saturday.

Skipper Williams finished on 138 not out with 16 fours and five sixes off 117 balls and Wood hit 69 not out from 76 balls and it was just as well the two batsmen were in good form as Wisbech were struggling at 57-4 at one stage with Gary Freear surprisingly out first ball.

Williams was able to make an early declaration at 283 for four wickets off 38 overs giving his side an extra 10 overs to bowl the opposition out. In the end they did not need them as Granta were all out for 137 off 45 overs.

Ben Allsop was in very good form with five wickets for 24 and Freear atoned for his first ball with three for 50.

Australian Drew Jones bowled just four overs but three of them were maidens.

Williams said: “It was a really good performance but I must admit I thought here we go again when we had lost four wickets for 57 runs.

“But Granta didn’t put too much pressure on David and myself and we slowly started to put the partnership together before building up steam.

“Although we lost those early games I knew we were capable of performances like this but after two successive wins we do not have a game next week which is shame.

“It is too early to start talking about getting back into the title race but we will see how things go.

“Hopefully this will give us the impetus to put a good run of results together.”

Wisbech seconds lost by six wickets to Longstanton Grasshoppers in CCA Senior Division 2.

They scored 193 for four off their 45 overs with Gavin Plume 34, Danny Haynes 32 and Adrian Clare 37 leading the scoring but the home side knocked off the required runs in 39 overs. Lyndon Waters 2-57 was the best of the seven Wisbech bowlers.

But the thirds gained some revenge with a three-wicket success against Grasshopppers seconds in CC Junior Division 2A.

The Longstanton team were bowled out for 93 with Adrian Peck bowling really well for four wickets for eight runs and Martin Parrin four for 28.

In reply Wisbech looked in some trouble at 46 for seven but then Peck 24 not out and Jason Esser 14 not out saw them home.

Wisbech fourths lost by 39 runs in a low scoring affair against Haddenham in CCA Junior Division 3A.

Wisbech bowled well to reduce Haddenham to 90 all out with Nick Drew 4-15, Dave Le Moir 3-32 and Connor Young 3-21.

But the Wisbech batting was poor and they were all out for just 51 after openers James Sheppard 26 and Oliver Bell 15 had given them a respectable start.