Wisbech Town lost by just seven runs against third-placed Foxton in the Cambs Tucker Premier Division on Saturday.
Last season Gary Freear’s side were winning games like this but it is just not happening for his team this season.
Foxton batted first and started well until Drew Jones made the breakthrough with two quick wickets and they went from 80-1 to 85-3. They eventually reached a decent 170 all out with spin-brothers Craig Johnson 3-29 and Freear 3-27 doing most of the damage. Brad Apted also picked up a couple of wickets.
Wisbech’s reply did not get off to the best of starts when Ivan Burgess was given out in the first over when the ball looked to have bounced in front of the third slip.
Freear then played a captain’s innings until he was run out for 40 after a mix-up for a second run and Wisbech were 70 for three.
David Wood 35 and Simon Freear kept Wisbech in the chase up with the run rate. Drew Jones 15 and Craig Johnson 19 then looked to be turning the game into a Wisbech victory with a partnership of 38 but Jones went first and then Johnson with seven runs left and several overs still to go.
The injured James Williams said: “The ball did not carry when Ivan was given out and then we lost wickets at crucial times. We have had a few games now where we have lost narrowly and could easily have won.”
Wisbech seconds had a two-wicket win against Milton in CCA Senior Division 2 to remain in third place.
Milton were bowled out for 136 with Lyndon Waters 3-24 and Ryan Van Waterschoot 3-37.
Matt Esser top scored with 51 as Wisbech reached 139 for eight.
Wisbech thirds moved out of the bottom three in CCA Junior Division 2A with a comfortable nine-wicket win in the local derby against Chatteris seconds.
Chatteris made just 132 for seven in their 45 overs with opener Malc Perry 55 and Wes Palmer 27 making the main contributions.
Wisbech lost Shane Sleath early on but Tom Coates 65 and Charlie Wood 65 combined in a good second wicket partnership to see them home at 135-1.
Wisbech fourths lost by 41 runs against Willingham in CCA Junior 3A.
They bowled well to restrict Willingham to just 119 runs with Harrison Smith taking three for 42, Nick Drew 2-17 and Tom Chapman 2-16.
But once again their batting let them down and they were all back in the pavilion for 78 runs with Chapman contributing 35 of them.
On Sunday Wisbech seconds lost by four wickets against Barnack in Rutland League Division 5.
Wisbech scored 210 for six with Matt Esser again in good form with 64, Danny Emmington 48 and David Wood 46.
Barnack scored the required runs with four wickets in hand and one over to go. Drew Jones 2-38 and Adrian Peck 2-39 were the best of Wisbech’s bowlers.