Wisbech Town CC’s Cambs Tucker League title hopes were stalled by Foxton shutting up shop on Saturday.
Wisbech set a gettable target of 199-9 in Division One but the visiting side weren’t interested in the run chase, reaching 178-8 despite some friendly bowling.
Wisbech captain Gary Freear said: “I don’t know why they didn’t have a go. We must have given them 50 runs just by tossing the ball in the air for them to try and hit.”
Wisbech tail-enders Paul Edgeller (42no) and Sam Rippington (30) put on 58 for the eighth wicket. In-form Josh Bowers contributed another 32.
Freear returned figures of 3-39, and James Williams (2-23) and Edgeller (2-31) also bowled well, but Wisbech are 18 points behind unbeaten league leaders Godmanchester, who beat Burwell seconds, with just six games remaining.
March’s best opening stand of the season – 126 between David Hodson and Ash Vodnala – could so easily have put the skids under reigning Tucker League champions Ramsey at The Avenue.
But in the end the team could not capitalise on that splendid start and lost by 38 runs, with less than five overs remaining, to pick up 11 points in their fight against relegation.
Hodson was in devastating form with a hard-hit 86 off 46 balls with 11 fours and three sixes and Vodnala 41 in the 198 all out total. That was in reply to Ramsey’s 236-9, of which Chris Ringham took 4-47.
March 2nd fell to their seventh consecutive defeat, by 10 wickets at high-flying Fulbourn in CCA Senior League Division 1.
Steve Hinson was resolute with 42, and it was looking quite good at 118-4 with Nathan Oliver having made 26 and Richard Green 25. The final five batsmen could only muster a single run between them as the side were bowled out for 124.
Fulbourn had the game wrapped up after 24 overs without losing a wicket.
A quickfire fourth wicket stand of 89 runs saw the 3rds cruise to a seven wicket success at home to Willingham in CCA Junior League Division 3N.
Skipper Anthony Henson hit 11 boundaries during an unbeaten 58 and Manuj Patel smashed five ‘sixes’ and five ‘fours’ in his 57 not out.
That gave the home side a 157-3 winning score, having successfully chased down Willingham’s 155-8 off just 23.2 overs.
Matt Hubbard made a sensational return with figures of 5-29 off 10 overs, backed by Patel’s 2-34.
Wisbech drew with Foxton
Wisbech 199-9 (P. Edgeller 42no, J. Bowers 32, S. Rippington 30, G. Freear 22). Foxton 178-8 (G. Freear 3-39, J. Williams 2-23, P. Edgeller 2-31).
March lost to Ramsey by 40 runs
Ramsey 236-9 (T. West 70, J. Barningham 60). March 196 (D. Hodson 86, A. Vodnala 41).
n March Sunday 2nds suffered a comprehensive defeat by 143 runs to Grantchester in a home friendly.
Although the visitors lost two wickets in the first over for no runs to Sam Mason (3-34) they accelerated to a commanding score of 243 for 5 with two retirements. In a reply of 100 only Dale Richardson 18, Dan Waltham and Adam Conyard, both with 12, reached double figures. Top scorer was extras with 26.