Last NCI pair deny Wisbech

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Any lingering hopes Wisbech Town CC had of retaining their Cambs Tucker League title ended with frustration on Saturday when they couldn’t dislodge Cambridge NCI’s last pair.

Number nine J Fry hung on for 59 minutes for 10 not out after the visitors were reduced to 142-7 with nearly 20 overs remaining.

But Wisbech could not break the tail’s stubborn resistance and had less than two overs at the final tenth-wicket pair.

The hosts had begun superbly with unbeaten centuries from captain Alan Burton who smashed 106 not out off 121 balls, hitting 14 fours, and Gary Freear not out 107 off 94 balls.

The Cambs pair added an unbroken 182 for the second wicket as Wisbech declared with Freear striking 14 fours and a six.

Wisbech are 54 points adrift of new champions Ramsey, who ironically Wisbech finish their campaign at home to next Saturday, and are on 383 points.

Scores: Wisbech 243 for 1 dec in 42 overs (D Haynes 22, A Burton not out 106, G Freear not out 107).

NCI 200 for 9 in 54 overs (S Rippington 7-1-33-2, S Freear 9-2-35-1, J Williams 15-6-36-4, A Burton 10-4-25-2).

March made hard work of overhauling Waresley by two wickets in what proved to be a tense Tucker League run-chase on Saturday.

Skipper Chris Ringham came in at No. 10 and fittingly steered the winning runs down to third man on the day he announced he is stepping down as club captain after a nine-year stint.

Steve Seymour made another vital half-century, backed by fellow Aussie Stephen Shaw’s 37.

It required a gutsy unbeaten 18 from all-rounder James Harradine to overtake Waresley’s 155-9.

Man of the match Harradine took 5-46, while March’s innings declined from 120-3 to 139-7.

Ringham said the match was: “Too close for comfort, particularly with me at the crease and a bat in my hand!”

March end the season at Nassington.

March 4th XI lost by 103 runs away to Isleham 2nds, who clinched the CCA Division 5N title.

Sam Mason was the pick of the March bowlers during Isleham’s 210-6 and in reply Stephen Wallis hit 32 as the visitors were dismissed for 107.