Wisbech title looms after ton stand

Wisbech Town skipper Alan Burton receives the Jaidka Cup from Chris Donaldson of the East Anglian Air Ambulance following their victory over Bourne
Wisbech Town skipper Alan Burton receives the Jaidka Cup from Chris Donaldson of the East Anglian Air Ambulance following their victory over Bourne
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An unbeaten century opening stand between senior batsman Gary Freear and captain Alan Burton saw Cambs Tucker leaders Wisbech Town CC tighten their grip on the title on Saturday.

With just two games to go Wisbech are on 389 points, 25 ahead of second-placed Ramsey.

Freear scored 79 not out and Burton (pictured) 59 not out in Wisbech’s 143-0 reply in just 25 overs to win by ten wickets after Camden’s 142 all out in the 45th over.

A team bowling performance saw Kiwi Brad Perrett take 2-31 off ten overs, James Williams 3-63 off 15, Craig Johnson 1-21 off six and Gary Freear, who mopped up the tail with 4-7 off 3.2 overs to complete a super personal day.

“Jack Hastings had a good spell up front,” said Burton. “It was a pretty good, flat wicket. Willo also had a good spell while Gary bowled well at the end.

“It was pretty convincing stuff.

“Gary got off to a great start when batting, I caught him up in ten overs but after that he hit out.”

Burton is looking at his options before picking a team for next Saturday at home to Castor.

Wisbech Town CC will host the Minor Counties Cricket Association final between Cambridgeshire and Cheshire over four days commencing on Sunday at Harecroft Road.

Cambridgeshire won the Eastern Division and Cheshire the Western Division; this showdown will decide the national minor counties champion.

Play will start at 11am each day and spectators are welcome.

Burton, who with fellow county regular James Williams will feature in the final, said: “It is obviously brilliant for the club and the game will get a few people down there to watch.

“It is good that Wisbech players have been involved – we want to get more in the county side.

“There is plenty of ability in the club.”

Josh Bowers and Sam Rippington have also appeared for the county this season.