WISBECH TOWN made it successive Cambs Tucker League wins with a four-wicket victory against St Ives on Saturday and now sit fourth in the table.
Skipper James Williams was none too happy with a very damp St Ives wicket that had not been covered overnight and long grass in the outfield but the team’s experienced players made the most of the conditions.
Williams was in good form with the ball taking five wickets for 50 runs and Jack Hastings two for 59 as the home side were 162 for nine after their 48 overs.
Wisbech lost a wicket in the first over but in came Gary Freear to once again provide the backbone to a Wisbech innings with 60 and together with David Wood 50 put their side well on the way to victory with a fourth-wicket partnership of 65.
They both lost their wickets before the winning total was achieved but Simon Freear 15 no removed any fear of a late collapse and Wisbech won with four wickets and 13 balls to spare.
Williams said: “We did not bowl and field at our best but Gary Freear and David Wood batted really well and in the conditions it was a very good win chasing 160 on the damp wicket.
“It was particularly pleasing to see David score runs.
“Hopefully this will give us the confidence to go on from here because we have a very tough game against the champions Ramsey next week to test us.”
Wisbech seconds had a six-wicket win against Wilbrahams in CCA Senior Division 2.
Wilbrahams reached 134 all out with Brad Apted three for 30 and Matthew Parrin three for 19 collecting the early wickets.
Parrin also hit an unbeaten 50 and with Adrian Clare 36 not out steered Wisbech to an easy win.
Wisbech thirds also came out on top in the local derby against Doddington in CCA Junior 2A winning by six wickets.
Doddington were bowled out for 93 with Jake Wenman 39 and Dan Martell 20 top scoring with Craig Pack picking up six wickets for 22 runs. Ryan Van Waterschoot took two for 10.
On Sunday a young Wisbech seconds suffered a crunching 221-run defeat against Rothwell Town in Rutland Division 5.
Rothwell scored 279 for two with young Danny Emmington picking up both wickets for 32 runs. Wisbech were bowled out for just 58 runs with Matt Esser 14 top scorer.
l WISBECH entertain Ufford tonight in the Jaidka Cup. But last year’s beaten finalists look likely to field a weakened side with skipper James Williams unavailable.
Williams helped Cambridgeshire to a 35-run win against Northumberland on Sunday taking three wickets for 43 runs. Former March player Alan Burton took 3-28 and scored 38 runs.
Cambs scored 267 for nine and never really looked in danger of defeat.