Town return to continue with their title challenge

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WISBECH Town were back in action after three weeks and picked up on their Cambs Tucker League title challenge with a comprehensive 144-run victory at Castor on Saturday.

Skipper James Williams lost the toss but was perhaps not too unhappy to bat first on what is not the best of wickets, but opener Danny Emmington had to retire in the first over when he was struck on the back of the head.

It was then left to another good innings from Gary Freear 67 and Danny Haynes 20 to give Wisbech the platform for their win. Emmington returned later to finish with 30 and other contributions came from Ben Alsopp 24 not out and David Wood 19 as they totalled 197 for seven off their 48 overs.

However Castor found their own wicket far more difficult than Wisbech and were skittled out for just 48 runs.

Williams took three for 17 off 10 overs and his former pupil Jack Hastings also picked up three wickets for nine with Zak Brown three for 13 and Craig Johnson one wicket in his sole maiden over.

Wiliams said: “It was just good to get playing again after three blank weeks. I was a bit apprehensive about their wicket but they won the toss and put us in. We did lose Danny retired in the first over but he came back to bat well later on.

“Foxton won again so the gap at the top remains at 20 points but there are still plenty of games left.

“We just need to keep winning games and put the pressure on them.

“Perhaps March can do us a favour later in the month when they meet Foxton.”

Henry Rosier staked a claim for a first team place when he hit 111 not out to help Wisbech seconds to a 36-run win over Ely in CCA Senior Division 2 at Harecroft Road.

Wisbech finished with 217 for seven off their 45 overs with Jason Esser 32 and Dom Stannard 25 giving good support to Rosier.

Ivan Burgess did the damage to the Ely middle order with four wickets for 46 and they finished on 181 for nine. Tom Bourne took two for 30.