Defeat destroys Town’s title hopes

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WISBECH Town had to suffer a double whammy as their batting crumbled along with their Cambs Tucker League title hopes at Harecroft Road on Saturday.

James Williams’ team have racked up some big scores on their own square this summer but on this occasion they were shot out for an embarrassing 72 runs by Ramsey and lost by seven wickets.

Things did not get any better after the game when they heard that league leaders Foxton had suffered defeat as well and with just five games left Wisbech’ hopes of overhauling them look very slim with a 34-point gap.

Williams was quite happy when his side were put into bat but they lost two early wickets and never really recovered as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. Opener Danny Haynes finished top scorer with just 19 runs with Gary Freear and Craig Johnson next on 10. Ramsey, who have had a poor run of late, were really never troubled to knock off the runs at 73 for three in 16 overs.

Williams said: “It was a bad day all round. It was a real poor batting performance and then to find out that Foxton had lost as well was doubly disappointing. We are still in with a chance of winning the title but with just five games left this defeat was the first nail in the coffin.”

Wisbech seconds were also let down by their batting when beaten by 11 runs at Wilbrahams in CCA senior Division 2.

Wilbrahams scored 139 all out with Matt Parrin three for 30 and Lyndon Waters, Fergus Brown and Craig Pack all picking up two wickets each.

Wisbech were struggling at the start in reply until Matt Esser hit 20, and then Lyndon Waters 38 gave them hope.

But in the end they fell short with seven batsmen failing to make double figures.

Wisbech thirds were awarded the points in CCA Junior 2A when Doddington defaulted and Wisbech fourths got home by two wickets in a low scoring game against Witcham seconds by two wickets.

Witcham were reduced to 109 all out with Harrison Smith in superb form with six wickets for 24 runs off his eight overs. The experienced Dave Le Moir took two wickets in eight balls.

Wisbech began the run chase really well with Tom Chapman 48 and Martin Parrin 15 but it was a struggle after that with 26 extras playing a big part in the win which came in 25 overs.

On Sunday Wisbech first enjoyed a five-wicket win against Newborough in Rutland Division Two with Danny Haynes scoring 89. Newborough scored 206 for six with the wickets shared among the Wisbech bowlers.

Haynes led the way in reply with good support from Carl Pope 39 and Jamie Gollands 37 not out.

Wisbech seconds were also in winning form beating Kettering by 141 runs in Rutland Division 5.

Openers Matt Esser 83 and Lyndon Waters 53 gave Wisbech a very good start and Aaron Cobb 40 not out, Jason Esser 35 and Danny Emmington 35 continued the run flow as they reached 287 for al out.

Kettering’s middle order collapsed with Cobb, Ryan van Waterschoot, Craig Pack and Harrison Smith all picking up two wickets each and they were all out for 146.

Wisbech’s under 16 and under 14 teams suffered narrow defeats in the league cup finals on Friday night.

The under 16s lost out by 19 runs to Downham and the under 14 side were beaten by just three runs against Dersingham.