March win season closer after Wisbech collapse

WISBECH Town spectacularly collapsed to give March Town bragging rights over the winter in the final Cambs Tucker League game of the season on Saturday.

At 148-1, chasing a target of 188, the visitors crashed to 165 all out to lose by 22 runs despite dominating 90 per cent of the match at The Avenue.

March ended up in fourth on 294 points, just three behind Wisbech.

“It was probably the worst collapse I have seen in cricket,” said Wisbech skipper James Williams.

“There were plenty of overs to spare. We were about 140-1 with 15 overs left, then we decided to get ourselves out. I was happy with the target we were chasing.

“Our attitude wasn’t good enough and it showed in our batting.”

Acting March captain John Gilson said: “It was just one of those games. Everyone thought they would win it.”

Williams (50) looked like seeing the visitors home but in his second spell, teenager Tyler Phillips dismissed, followed by top scorer Simon Freear for 84 after a huge partnership of 123 runs for the second wicket.

Freear had bashed the March attack with his stroke play. He eventually fell to a one-handed flying catch in the covers by Tommy Howgego.

David Wood was run out by James Harradine which also helped to change the game. Wisbech had many youngsters coming in after that and they succumbed to the pressure.

Phillips finished with 4-38 and Aussie spinner Ryan Myer 3-38 as Wisbech lost their final nine wickets for just 17 runs their first win in the local derby since June 2008.

March opener David Hodson went third ball of the second over, which brought in holidaymaker Andrew Mills to share in a second wicket stand of 113, Mills scoring 30 and Meyer 77.

Howgego was unbeaten on 26 and Ben Pyle 16 during the March innings of 187-6.

Craig Johnson took 2-54 with a wicket apiece for Jack Hastings, Williams and Freear.

Gilson said: “Tyler getting James Williams out was the turning point. He had to come back as he can only bowl seven overs at a time because of his age.

“We are pleased to finish where we did after a poor start to the season.”

Williams, whose side finished a creditable third after second-place Sawston comfortably picked up more points this weekend, said: “We’re starting to look at people to bring in for next year, but it’s early days yet.”

Wisbech’s Rutland League Division 2 lost at Eaton Socon on Sunday by 6 wickets.

Wisbech posted 153 in 40.3 overs with skipper Gary Freear 55, Charles Baxter 37  and Lyndon Waters not out 20. 

Eaton Socon knocked off 155-4 in 37.2 overs (James Williams 2-47, Freear 1-50, Jason Esser 1-8).

Eaton Socon 2nds conceded versus Wisbech 2nds in Rutland League Division 5.