Great Scot scuppers Wisbech’s title hopes

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Wisbech Town’s chances of winning the Cambs Tucker League Division One title are all but over.

New Ketton pro Henry Munsey, a current Scotland international and new Northants player, on his debut hit 51 from just 37 balls as the visitors piled up 218-9 at Harecroft Road. Former March player Rob Woolley top-scored with 86.

Wisbech needed to win to keep pace with leaders Godmanchester but slipped to 109-6. Captain Gary Freear (59) and Paul Edgeller (36) added 72 for the seventh wicket, but Wisbech fell 22 runs short on 196. Earlier Sam Rippington took 5-50 for Wisbech.

Godmanchester now need just 19 points from their final two matches to win the title even if Wisbech claim a maximum 50 points from their two games.

Godmanchester could hold the key to March’s Tucker League Division 1 survival plan.

Should Godmanchester, or in fact Wisbech, win this year’s championship and gain entry to the East Anglian Premier League, the great escape would also depend upon Saffron Walden getting relegated from the EAPL and March finishing above Warboys.

If that were the case Warboys and Saffron Walden 2nds would face the drop.

With four regulars missing from the March line-up it was always going to be a tough call.

Godmanchester were 75-2 after 25 overs. They then powered to 235-5 declared after 47 overs, with Ash Vodnala taking 3-51 with his off-spin.

But five of the March top six only faced 24 balls between them as they suddenly found themselves 26-5. Vodnala top-scored with 38 and No. 11 Sam Clarke was 20 not out, as the last three batsmen all made double figures in the final total of 129.

RESULTS:

Division One

Godmanchester beat March by 106 runs

Godmanchester 235-5 (A. Vodnala 3-51). March 129 (Vodnala 38, S. Clarke 20no).

Wisbech lost to Ketton by 22 runs

Ketton 218-9 (S. Rippington 5-50, B. Apted 2-27). Wisbech 196 (G. Freear 59, T. Meyrick 39, P. Edgeller 36, J. Bowers 27).