WISBECH Town waved goodbye to their Cambs Tucker League title hopes with a four-wicket defeat against Nassington on Saturday.
They now trail leaders Foxton by 39 points with just two games to play but could still finish second with Sawston just one point ahead of them.
Skipper James Williams lost the toss but would have batted anyway and although not the best of tracks his side got off to a decent start. Openers Danny Haynes 35 and Sam Albutt 25 put on 62 for the first wicket and Gary Freear 35 continued the good work.
But then came the slump as Wisbech tumbled from 101 for three to 111 to six and finally all out for 139 with the last eight batsmen failing to score double figures.
Nassington were 12 for two at one stage and although Williams took three for 53 and Craig Johnson two for 23 there were few problems for the home side reaching 140 for six in 38.4 overs.
Williams said: “I think that has really put a lid on our title hopes. We have lost four times this season and each time it has been when we have not carved out enough runs on poor wickets. Over the winter we will have to think how we can conserve our wickets for the highest runs possible.
“We have been challenging all season but the weather has also not helped us when we had our game against Foxton rained off.”
But Williams denied the injury to overseas player Adam Meads had been costly. “All that has meant is that we have to had to share the bowling round a bit more but Jack Hastings, Zak Brown, Gary Freear and Craig Johnson have all done well. It is more the batting we can either score 260 plus or around 100.”
To round off a poor day for the club with all four teams losing, the fourth team lost by 230 runs against Bluntisham in CCA Junior Division 4A.
Bluntisham scored 272 for five and Wisbech were bowled out for 42 with Matt Dawson scoring 19 of the runs.
On Sunday, Wisbech seconds beat Castor seconds by three wickets in Rutland Division Five.
Castor scored 155 for nine and Wisbech were 157 for seven in 41.3 overs.