WISBECH Town skipper James Williams was bitterly disappointed after his side suffered an eight-wicket defeat on the opening day of the season at newly promoted St Ives.
Williams was hopeful that his side could get the Cambs Tucker League season off to a good start to boost their title ambitions but the team put in a very poor performance.
Wisbech, batting first, did not start too well losing Henry Rosier run out in the first over and David Wood was out in the third. Gary Freear 55 and Williams 28 rescued things, taking the score to 76 for two, when the skipper was out.
But then followed some poor batting performances as Wisbech were bowled out for just 130.
It was now going to need a very good bowling performance to rescue things but St Ives were always dominant, scoring the runs for the loss of just two wickets.
Williams commented: “We wanted to go out there and set a standard for the title chase but we put in a poor batting and bowling performance.
“They were really up for it and well organised, but we lacked the bottle to match them and it was bitterly disappointing.
“There is a long way to go but this was a game we should have expected to win and we now face a tough game against Khalsa next weekend.”
Henry Rosier misses Saturday’s game but all-rounder Zak Brown will be available to boost the bowling.
It did not get much better for Wisbech on Sunday when they fielded a young side at Eaton Socon in the Rutland League Division One.
Wisbech batted first and reached 158 for eight with Williams again to the fore with 49, Ivan Burgess 27 and Danny Haynes 23.
But the bowlers made little impression on the Eaton Socon batting and they ran up a winning total for the loss of one wicket with five overs to spare, Danny Emmington taking 1-22.
Wisbech seconds also lost on Sunday to Warboys by six wickets in the Rutland League Division Five.
Dom Stannard top scored on 35 as Wisbech’s batsmen struggled. Their total of 154 in the 45th over would have been far fewer if not for numbers 10 and 11 Martin Parrin and John Mallett scoring 11 and 24 not out respectively.
Although they lost two early wickets, Warboys were comfortably home after losing just two more. Sam Darlow was the pick of the bowlers with 2-19.