Freear’s ton helps Town bounce back

Wisbech 1st vs Nassington 1st cricket'David Wood during his innings of 61
Wisbech 1st vs Nassington 1st cricket'David Wood during his innings of 61
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WISBECH TOWN bounced back to form with a 102-run win against Nassington on Saturday and 17-year-old Danny Emmington made the most of his chance to open the batting with a very good 44.

Emmington was brought into the side for the first time this season after Danny Haynes became unavailable and the youngster, who also made the Wisbech Town football first team last season, showed just a what good all round sportsman he is becoming.

Emmington helped give Wisbech a really good platform to their innings when he figured in a first wicket stand of 86 with Sam Albutt 48 as Wisbech went on to make 261 for two in 44 overs.

Needless to say Gary Freear once again played a major part with his second century of the season on 104 not out and with David Wood 61 not out made sure the good start was not wasted although both were dropped fairly early in their innings.

Nassington did not really take up the challenge of beating Wisbech’s useful total and the fact they reached 160 at all in the 46th over was mainly due to some indifferent bowling and fielding from Wisbech.

Skipper James Williams was the best of the bowlers with three for 18 while Ben Allsop took 2-12 and Zak Brown 2-27.

Williams commented: “It was good to hit back with a win as we were all really disappointed to lose the previous week when chasing a low score.

“We won the toss but I was a little unsure whether to bat or bowl and in the end decided to go for the 25 points.

“Danny Emmington has come in and done really well. He has shown he can play at this level which leaves me with a selection headache now. He did not show any nerves and gave us an excellent start with Sam Albutt. Gary and David have then made sure we built on a good start.

“I did feel we could have bowled and fielded better but I think perhaps everyone felt we were just going to win. We play Saffron Walden seconds next week followed by March and hopefully we can go into the second half of the season on a good run.”

The 25-point win put Wisbech back into second place in the Cambs Tucker League, but they are 26 points behind leaders Foxton who lost on Saturday.

To make it a very good day for the club the Wisbech second and third teams also had victories.

The seconds beat Balsham by seven wickets in the CCA Senior League Division Two. Balsham were bowled out for 117 with only their opening bat John Barnes 48 showing any real resistance as Matt Parrin was in very good form again with four for 29 and Lyndon Waters three for 18.

Parrin rounded off a very good all-rounder’s performance with 47 not out with Sam Darlow 27 and Carl Pope 17 as Wisbech won for the loss of three wickets.

The Wisbech third team were also comfortable six-wicket winners against Sutton in CCA Junior 2A.

Sutton struggled against the bowling of Harry Johnson 5-36 and Jason Esser 3-15 and were all out for 112.

In reply opener Laurence Twell hit 49 not out and was supported by Richard Harnwell 17, Paul Strickle 12 and Dean Dodman 12.