Freears run to the rescue

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THE Freear brothers came to Wisbech Town’s rescue on Saturday with a 200-run plus partnership for the seventh wicket but struggling Ickwell batted out for a draw in the Cambs Tucker Premier Division.

Skipper Gary Freear switched round his batting order to give the younger players a chance but it backfired as they slumped to 13 runs for six wickets.

Then the Freears set about restoring the damage with Gary blasting 107 and Simon giving very good support with 79. Eventually Wisbech posted a very good 265 for eight.

Ickwell needed to win the game to remian in the Cambs Tucker Division One but seemed content to play for a draw and finished at 237 for nine at the close.

Skipper Gary Freear commented: “I dropped down the order as we looked to have a lot of batting but it did not work out. We tried to encourage Ickwell to go for the win and gave them some runs but although they needed to win they looked happy to shut up shop.

“But it was a game we should have won.”

Craig Johnson picked up six wickets for 85 runs to take him past 50 wickets for the season.

Wisbech seconds beat Doddington by nine wickets in their Senior Division Two clash.

Doddington were bowled out for 160 with Ben Pyle 70, Barrie Carter 26 and Pat O’Connor 21 the main contributors. Lyndon Waters and Drew Jones both picked up three wickets.

Wisbech knocked off the runs in 22.3 overs with Danny Emmington 79 not out leading the way.

Wisbech thirds lost by 48 runs against Sutton Junior Division 2A.

Sutton struggled early on but gained strength and finished with 246 for eight in their 40 overs with Ryan Waterschoot, Matt Parrin and Nick Drew picking up two wickets apiece.

Sunday’s games were abandoned.