Title-chasing Wisbech Town CC skipper Gary Freear expects a tough Cambs League Division One derby test at local rivals March this Saturday.
Freear led from the front with 5-17 and kept Town’s Tucker League championship hopes alive after trouncing Ramsey by six wickets on Saturday.
March are struggling at the wrong end of the table, but Freear said of the upcoming weekend clash at The Avenue: “March will raise their game. We expect them to come at us all guns blazing.
“They should have beaten us at our place.
“We’ve got players in form but we won’t be expecting an easy game. We’ll be practising hard this week.”
With four games to go Wisbech trail leaders Godmanchester, who they play on the final day of the season, by 18 points.
Wisbech go into the derby without opening bowler Paul Edgeller, while Jamie Gollands is also away.
The Fenmen expect to call up Jason Esser and Dom Stannard.
Freear welcomes the intensity of a derby clash, as it keeps his side on their toes in the title run-in, as he continued: “Since three weeks ago we’ve not been poor in the field but we’ve not had the same intensity. We lost to Godmanchester in another tight game, and we wanted to play a top side like Ramsey last weekend.
“We get on pretty well with the March lads but it’s intense on the field. Hopefully we will all be firing.
“We hope Godmanchester will slip up, but we’ve got them on the last game of the season.”