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March and Wisbech lose in Rutland League despite Gary Freear's heroics


By Pete Woodhouse


Both March and Wisbech lost in Rutland League Division One on Sunday.

A great all-round display by Gary Freear couldn't save Wisbech at Barnack.

Freear hit 65 and took 3-35 as Barnack passed the away team's total for five wickets with plenty of time to spare.

Wisbech 1st Cricket v March 1st Cricket Gary Freear and Josh Bowers (12471022)
Wisbech 1st Cricket v March 1st Cricket Gary Freear and Josh Bowers (12471022)

Scores: Wisbech Town 160-8 (45 overs: Danny Haynes 22, Dom Stannard 12, Sam Rippington 23).

Barnack 164-5 (33.2 overs: Kieran Haynes 1-20, Joe Dunning 1-40).

Moulton Harrox 2nds 46 all out (26.2: Ryan Van Waterschoot 4-12, Lyndon Mallett 1-3) lost to Wisbech 2nds 48-1 (5.3: Tom Buck no30) 20pts.

March's long trip to leaders Grantham was never going to be easy one, losing by five wickets. Having beaten the Lincolnshire side earlier in the season, March won the toss and elected to bat.

But at 37-6 the signs did not look good. However, a superb seventh wicket stand of 84 earned a respectable total.

Ben Chapman struck seven boundaries and Spencer Saberton made a welcome return to the side as the visitors were dismissed for 126.

Grantham were made to struggle at 74-5.

But once the two main March bowlers Saranga Rajaguru and vice-captain Sam Clarke came off, the home side cruised home without further loss.

March 1st XI 126 all out, 32 overs (Ben Chapman 47, Spencer Saberton 29), Grantham 130-5, 35.1 overs (Saranga Rajaguru 3-35, Sam Clarke 2-19). Man of the Match: Ben Chapman.



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