Five-star Craig helps Wisbech to hold out

Wisbech 2nds at home to Doddington - Lyndon Waters bowling for Wisbech.
Wisbech 2nds at home to Doddington - Lyndon Waters bowling for Wisbech.

WISBECH spinner Craig Johnson continued his good spell of form with five wickets against Ramsey on Saturday as they held out for a losing draw in the Cambs Tucker Premier Division.

Johnson, who has taken 25 wickets in the league this season at an average of 13.92, finished with five for 63 and Ben Allsop three for 12 as Ramsey scored 187 all out with just one ball left of their 48 overs.

Wisbech welcomed back graduate Henry Rosier to open the innings and he hit 40 but his first two partners Carl Pope and Sam Albutt left the crease without scoring.

David Wood gave some hope with 25 but skipper Gary Freear, who has not hit his best form on Saturdays consistently, departed for just 15.

Wisbech were now struggling but a good rearguard action saw them hold out at 143 for nine at the end of their 48 overs.

Wisbech seconds had a four-wicket win in the local derby game against Doddington in CCA Senior League Division 2.

Doddington, who look a much weakened side this season, were bowled out for 82 with Lyndon Waters 3-24, Matt Pack 3-24 and Kieran Haynes 2-12.

They started well enough with Ant Bamford 11, Mark Woodall 13 and Rishi Brahmbhatt 17 but the next eight batsmen only managed nine runs between them.

Wisbech’s reply did not run smoothly though with Jamie Long taking three wickets for 31 and Ant Bamford three for 15. But opener Tom Coates hit 25 and Dom Stannard 14, and Richard Harnwell 13 steered them home.

Wisbech thirds lost by 107 runs against second placed Sutton in CCA Junior Division 2A.

Sutton batted first and were always dominating the Wisbech bowling as they reached 198 for six in their 40 overs. Best of the Wisbech bowlers was Martin Parrin 3-45.

Wisbech were soon in trouble in reply as they lost three cheap wickets. Paul Strickle 13 and Dean Dodman 29 weathered the early storm but once they had gone Wisbech were all out for 91.

To complete a Saturday rout for Wisbech, the fourths lost by 102 runs against Wimblington firsts in CCA Junior Division 3A.

Wimblington scored a mammoth 257 for four wickets and Wisbech were all out for 155.

On Sunday Wisbech seconds won by 88 runs against East Carlton in Rutland League Division Five.

Wisbech scored 203 for eight in their 40 overs with Lyndon Waters 43, Paul Strickle 34 and under 14 player Brodie Ellis 30.

East Carlton made 115 all out with Martin Parrin 4-40 and Brad Apted 4-18.

Wisbech under 14 team beat Downham Town by eight wickets in the West Norfolk Youth League.

Downham were bowled out for 14 with Brodie Ellis taking five wickets for four runs and Pat Reeve two wickets from three balls.