Wisbech’s promotion showdown

Wisbech cricket 1st team celebrating winning play off game
Wisbech cricket 1st team celebrating winning play off game

Two wins in two days have put Cambs Tucker Premier League champions Wisbech Town CC in the East Anglian Premier Division play-off final.

During a hectic wet weekend Wisbech beat Essex cricketing side Frinton by just eight runs in the East Anglian Premier Division play-off semi-final on Sunday.

This was a day after defeating local rivals March to win their first-ever Cambs Premier League title since it began in 1979.

It means Wisbech will travel to Norwich CC in the EAPL promotion play-off showdown next Saturday.

Wisbech had already theoretically won the Tucker League before the start of Saturday’s derby at The Avenue because second-placed Ramsey were rained off at St Ives. But on hearing that Ramsey were appealing, leaders Wisbech made doubly sure by winning a delayed game against March by 58 runs.

Wisbech captain Alan Burton, previously a title-winner in 2005 with March, said: “Wisbech have never won it before, so obviously it’s a brilliant achievement.

“We thought we’d won it on Saturday morning and then we heard Ramsey were appealing.

“It’s all irrelevant now as they can’t catch us either way. Everyone is buzzing.

“It’s been a long season but it’s a brilliant position to be in now. The lads have performed well and we ‘re deserved winners. It’s a credit to everyone.

“We have had great efforts from James Williams (Cambs player of the year) and Gary Freear. We couldn’t have done it without them and the rest of the boys. I’m proud and happy to be here. It’s been no one-man affair.”