Freear frustrated after home draw

WISBECH Town endured a frustrating Saturday as their Cambs Tucker League Division 1 home game against Sawston ended in a dull draw.

Wisbech skipper Gary Freear commented: “It was a typical end of season match – nothing to play for. At least we’re performing better with the bat, but we’re struggling to bowl sides out.”

Jack Hastings 87 not out, Henry Rosier 37, plus many more useful contributions in the 10s and 20s raised Town to 224-9, but the away side showed little inclination to go for the runs and shut up shop to finish with 169-8.

Gary Freear picked up four wickets for 41 off 16 overs, Craig Johnson 3-58 also off 16 overs and Tom Bourne a single scalp for 20 runs.

Freear added: “We haven’t got a strike bowler that we had before, someone like James Williams, who can take out the tail with quick bowling.

“It’s a little bit harder for us. We have to do it differently by encouraging teams to go for the win, but they showed little interest in doing so.

“After ten overs they’d scored something like six runs, and after 20 they’d scored 28. It’s been a little bit frustrating. They weren’t in relegation trouble, and you wonder what they’re getting out of it playing like that.”

Wisbech round off their season on Saturday by hosting title-chasers Ramsey, who are a mere point ahead of Foxton.

Freear added: “We’re assuming they’ve still got a chance of the title. It’s been a slightly disappointing season, but we want to finish on a high note. There’s still decent cricket left for us.”

Wisbech’s pursuit of the Rutland Sunday League Division 2 title looks as if it is coming to an end after an eight-wicket defeat at Nassington this weekend.

Captain Gary Freear said: “We were third before this game, and we still will be third. But after this result I don’t think we will catch the other top teams.”

Wisbech were dismissed for 117 inside 39 overs with only Freear 39, his brother Simon 25 and David Wood 15 getting in double figures.

Nassington knocked off the runs in the 28th over, Kieran Haynes 1-25 and Gary Freear 1-44.

Wisbech seconds had an excellent game to end the Rutland League Division 5 season, finishing seven runs short with five overs remaining.

Hosts Laxton were reined in by good slow bowling from Martin Parrin 4-45 and Hassan Ahmed 2-23 after Laxton had bludgeoned 136-3 off only 21 overs. At tea both sides would have been reasonably satisfied with their total of 214-8.

After an early wicket fell Gavin Plume 37 and Adrian Clare 92 took Wisbech to 93-1. Three wickets for 1 run saw Clare joined by Lyndon Waters 38. At 172-4 these two looked like seeing Wisbech home but after their departure wickets fell. Wisbech praised the Laxton umpire.