WISBECH Town can only wonder what might have been after their defeat in last week’s Jaidka Cup final against the reigning champions Bourne town.
Five run outs and two stumpings pretty well tell the disappointing course of Wisbech’s reply chasing a very beatable score of 136 for nine by Bourne especially when they fell just seven runs short of victory in 20-over competition.
Wisbech skipper Freear said: “We did not remain calm and panicked a bit out there. I was trying to get the single when I was stumped but to be fair to them they fielded very well. Disappointing but we did well to get to the final.”
It all began so well for Wisbech when Gary Freear and Carl Pope put on 27 runs in the first three overs with Pope stumped after 18 balls. Three runs later Dave Wood was run out going for a quick single.
Then Sam Albutt joined Freear and the scoring was right on target with 50 for two after seven overs but then an unnecessary attempt at a second run and Albutt was out. But Freear still looked to be going strong and hit 12 runs off the first five balls of the ninth over only for a rash moment to end his innings on 48. What a waste.
It did not look good for Wisbech then but Ben Allsop kept things ticking over as Jack Hastings was clean bowled and Matt Esser became another run out victim. But at 102 for six after 14 overs they game was still wide open.
But Allsop went for 15 and eventually Wisbech needed 13 runs off the last two overs but Craig Johnson was a fourth run out again going for a suicidal second run and then in the final over Drew Jones was embarrassingly run out on a wide on 130 all out with three balls left.
Earlier Jones had bowled well in his first three overs to take three wickets for 21 runs but 12 runs came off his last over later on.
Bourne looked in real trouble at 59-5 but Dave Christmas , man of the match when Bourne beat Wisbech when the two sides last met in a final, hit 34 and Will Epsom 40 as they recovered to 136 for nine. Hawkins claimed three late wickets while Johnson and Freear conceded just 17 runs off their four overs with one wicket apiece.