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Freear’s five-for keeps Wisbech in the title hunt

Wisbech 1st Cricket v March 1st Cricket 'Gary Freear ENGANL00220130107095456
Wisbech 1st Cricket v March 1st Cricket 'Gary Freear ENGANL00220130107095456

Wisbech skipper Gary Freear led from the front and kept their Cambs League Division One title hopes alive after trouncing local rivals Ramsey on Saturday.

County all-rounder Freear shone with the ball, claiming 5-17 off 12 overs to help dismiss the visitors for 132 in 41.4 overs.

Overseas player Tom Meyrick then hammered 59 not out off just 35 balls to propel his side to 137-4 in 30 overs and a six-wicket win. The Kiwi hit five fours and five sixes, while opener Danny Haynes scored 38.

“I keep taking wickets. That’s the best I’ve bowled this year,” said Freear.

With four games to go Wisbech trail leaders Godmanchester, who they play on the final day of the season, by 18 points.

March are deep into trouble after claiming no points in a crushing 10-wicket defeat at Davidstow Village Cup finalists Foxton.

Only Matthew Vail (50) put up resistance for March as they were dismissed for 116 in 39.2 overs. Foxton knocked off the runs in 18.5 overs.

An explosive 86 off 53 balls from No. 9 Josh Fox saw the Sunday Crows romp to a 96-run victory at Stewart & Lloyds in Rutland League Division 2.

This was his first half-century in senior cricket. He shared in an amazing 110-run ninth wicket partnership with Will Curtis, who cracked 28 off 32 balls.

That stand saw March total 310, with Ash Vodnala (44), Lewis Welcher (28), Ben Pyle (24) and Simon Bradshaw (23) all making runs. The Corby-based side made 214-7 in reply, Vodnala 2-50 and Sam Clarke 2-31.

A magnificent opening stand of 154 set up a convincing 139-run win for the 2nds – only their third of the CCA Senior League Division 1 season.

James Hilliard hit 75 and leading run-scorer Steve Hinson 62, plus skipper John Wallis 55 not out and Steve Coe 37no as March racked up 261-2 against Cottenham.

The visitors were 122 all out, with off-spinner Richard Green claiming 5-26, 15-year-old left-armer Tehan Schaffter – who is currently on holiday from Sri Lanka – 3-37, and Adrian Bussey 2-7.

A much improved bowling performance by the Sunday 2nd XI laid the foundations to a six-wicket Fenland Trophy victory at The Avenue against City of Ely.

Sam Mason took 4-9, Matt Hubbard 3-6 and Schaffter 2-9 as the visitors were dismissed for 91. March stuttered in reply, but an excellent 38 not out from Curtis Oldroyd saw them home with 16.1 overs to spare.

Back-to-back wins against Willingham have kept March 3rds’ prospects of promotion from CCA Junior League Division 3N alive.

A four-wicket win came up with five balls remaining and takes the team up into third. Skipper Anthony Henson hit 25, Josh Watson 23 and Lewis Welcher 21.

The home side only lost three wickets on their way to a 129 total, despite excellent bowling figures from Manuj Patel (10-4-15-1) and off-spinner Stuart Fox (10-2-36-1).

Having failed to raise a team the week before, the 4th XI bounced back to earn their fifth win of the CCA Junior League Division 5N season. Visitors Longstanton posted 156-8, Simon Bradshaw 3-39.

Vice-captain Dennis Furnell batted throughout the March innings with an unbeaten 72, Will Curtis 32, Manuj Patel 26 not out and skipper Luke Fage 21.

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