Captain switch sees Freear fire charge

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A change of captains seemed to do the trick for Wisbech Town as they ran out very easy winners against Ickwell on Saturday in the Cambs Tucker League.

With James Williams convalescing after his shoulder operation, Gary Freear skippered the side and what a captain’s role he produced on the day to bring only the third win of the season to take them into fourth from bottom spot.

Freear, who once again has been scoring the lion’s share of the Wisbech runs this season, weighed in with another century to finish unbeaten on 104 in his side’s 209 for seven declared and including 13 boundaries.

Ivan Burgess gave good support with 36 and Sam Albutt hit 21.

Because of the constant threat of rain in a game already reduced by 10 overs, Freear also decided to declare early and to give him some extra overs to bowl out the opposition.

Ickwell, because of the quirks of the league rules, then had to score 250 for victory and had only eight wickets.

They managed just 78 with Freear taking three for 14 and the other spinner Craig Johnson once again impressive with three wickets for eight runs.

Freear commented: “They say a change is as good as a rest, but it was good to get a win. It was quite hard batting out there with the ball flying at one end.

“I decided to declare to give us the extra overs and also because we had the eight points. We also needed to make sure to we got 20 overs in against them.

“It is a very timely win with the March game coming up next weekend. We have had a good record in the derby games recently but, with them top of the league and in good form, we will be the underdogs for a change.

“Matt Wilcox is in very good form and we will target him and try to get him out early and then put the pressure on the other batsmen. We are all looking forward to it and, apart from James, should be at full strength.”

Wisbech seconds must have been happy to have their CCA Senior Division 2 game with Thriplow abandoned.

They had scored 132 all out with Danny Emmington top scoring with 34 and Charles Baxter 21 and Dom Stannard 17.

Thriplow looked to be on their way to victory at 42 for no wicket after just 7.2 overs.

The third team’s game against Chatteris seconds was called off before the start while Wisbech fourths were also happy the rain came in the CCA Junior Division 3A.

In a game already restricted by rain Wisbech scored 90 all out as the weather intervened before Ely could start their reply.

On Sunday Wisbech firsts were without Williams and Freear, who was on county duty, and they were bowled out for a lowly 120 against Kings Keys in Rutland League Division Two.

David Wood top scored with 36 and Drew Jones hit 24.

This total, however, gave the Peterborough side a few problems and they scrambled to 121 for eight with Australian opening bowler Jones taking six wickets for 57 and Zak Brown two for 29.

Wisbech seconds also had a close game winning by just four runs against Laxton Park in Rutland Division Five.

Wisbech scored 171 for nine with Danny Emmington 72 not out and Brad Apted 55.

Apted then took four for 28 and Paul Strickle three for 38 as Laxton were bowled out for 167 after looking the likely winners.