Wisbech batsmen left embarrassed

WISBECH Town once again showed their batting is as frail as the Greek finances when they were bowled out for just 70 runs against Godmanchester on Saturday.

They lost the toss and Godmanchester decided to bat first with Kieran Haynes collecting two wickets as the home side were 43 for three. Although they recovered to 99-5 Wisbech still seemed to have the upperhand in the game.

Godmanchester eventually reached 142 out in the last over with Craig Johnson again in good form with five wickets for 42 and Gary Freear 2-24 off 11 overs.

Chasing that sort of total should not have been too difficult for Wisbech last season but it is a whole different story this season.

The Freear brothers Simon and Gary went cheaply but Zak Brown 23 and David Wood 21 put on 49 for the next wicket and at that stage they looked to be well on target.

But the next seven batsmen could only muster a paltry nine runs between them and Wisbech were embarrassingly bowled out for just 70 in 27 overs.

On Sunday the first team lost by four wickets against Market Overton in Rutland League Division Two.

Wisbech reached 220 for nine in their 45 overs with Simon Freear 43 and schoolboy Matt Esser 41 sharing a good third wicket partnership.

Market Overton got home with nine balls to spare.

Fortunately there is more substance to the Wisbech seconds batting as they went to score a 39-run win against Longstanton in CCA Senior League 2.

Wisbech batted first and reached 161 all out with Matt Parrin 26, Matt Esser 25, Jason Esser 24 not out and Tom Coates 23 the main contributors.

Longstanton were always behind the clock and were all out for 122 in 40 overs with Lyndon Waters three for 35 and Matt Parrin 3-18, Ivan Burgess 2-19 and Fergus Brown 2-23 doing the damage.

On Sunday the seconds beat Warboys by eight wickets in Rutland League Division Five.

Warboys were bowled out for 117 with Tom Chapman taking four for 23.

Opener Sam Albutt hit 53 in reply with Robbie Harris 28 and Dean Dodman 25 also contributing to Wisbech’s 120 for two.

Struggling Wisbech thirds lost by nine wickets to Pymoor in Junior League 2A.

Wisbech were all out for just 66 and Pymoor knocked the runs off in just 14.3 overs.

Wisbech fourths lost by eight wickets against Littleport despite a very good 77 from Martin Knowles. Knowles received good support from Charlie Wood 23 and Henry Brown 27 but no one else managed double figures in the total of 148-8.

Littleport did lose two early wickets to David Le Moir but had no further problems as they reached the winning total for the loss of two wickets in 35 overs.