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Wisbech Town defeated both the weather and hosts Cambridge 2nds in a 39 overs-per-side Cambs Whiting League game on Saturday.

Gary Freear struck eight fours and two sixes during his 92, Sam Albutt added 44, wicket-keeper Josh Bowers 53 and captain James Williams was not out 34.

Freear and Bowers added 104 for the second wicket as Wisbech posted a competitive 238-4 at Caldecote Recreation Ground.

Gary Freear
Gary Freear

Chris Clark took 1-10 off eight tight overs; and other wicket-takers were Kieran Haynes 2-29, Jamie Gollands 2-20, Brodie Ellis 3-16 and Soneshkumar Patel 1-5.

Bowers and Williams pouched two catches each as Cambridge 2nds closed on 143-9 and the visitors triumphed by 95 runs.

Wisbech 2nds’ game at Burwell & Exning 2nds was abandoned.

The Long Sutton team are unbeaten so far this season.
The Long Sutton team are unbeaten so far this season.

Wisbech were dismissed for 150 in the 40th over with keeper Rhys Howell top-scoring on 24. Burwell reached 44-1 in the 11th over before rain halted proceedings.

Wisbech 3rds crashed to 79 all out in the 27th over and lost at Cottenham by nine wickets. Only Thomas Hoyle (11) and Mark Buttriss (not out 19) managed to make double figures.

Cottenham raced to 81 for 1 in just 12.1 overs, while Oliver Overland bagged 1-24.

Wisbech Town 4ths’ fixture at Over 2nds was cancelled.

March Town 1st XI no doubt struggled in the damp conditions while batting first and losing to visitors Histon by 10 wickets.

March were skittled for 113 from 39.3 overs at The Avenue. Opener Ben Chapman struck two fours in his 10, but other batsmen were less fluent: Shardul Brahmbhatt 11, Brandon Phillips 12 and Ruwan Pitigala 22. After the hosts were 80-8, Callum Young not out 10 and Andrew Wright 19 added some valuable late runs.

Histon raced to 117-0 in just 21.5 overs before any further rain came, Alfie Dixon made an undefeated 80 from 60 balls.

March Town 2nds’ game at Cambridge NCI was cancelled while March 4ths conceded their fixture versus Isleham 2nd XI.

Chatteris 2nds crushed Cherry Hinton by 157 runs. Chatteris set a challenging target of 207-3 from 40 overs. Home keeper Ben Perry hit seven fours and two sixes in his 78, Oli Bailey added five fours in his
unbeaten 85 and skipper Harry Matthews compiled 17.

Cherry Hinton chased a revised target of 208 from 40 overs and closed at 50-9 with Hafiz Shahbaz not batting.

The Chatteris bowlers were outstanding from their eight overs each : Shimron Thomas 1-9, Harry Matthews 0-14, Luke Matthews 3-13 and Oliver Tilbrook 4-10.

Chatteris Firsts’ game was halted with City of Ely on 178-5.

Long Sutton stretched their unbeaten start to the South Lincs and Border League
season with a seven-wicket win at Market Deeping 2nds.

In a Premier Division match that was reduced to 30 overs due to the weather, Sutton secured the success in a nervy finale to record their fourth consecutive win.

Deeping had made 187-6 after batting first, with Barry Stanway taking four wickets for the visitors.

Jamie Taylor struck a half-century to lead Sutton’s reply by top-scoring for the visitors with 54, while Chris Booth made 29.

It was then left to skipper Dan Oldfield and Angus Bell to see Sutton home with undefeated knocks of 51 and 43 respectively.

The victory keeps Long Sutton in second spot, just four points behind Skegness.

Long Sutton 2nds’ home match with their Castor counterparts was cancelled due to the wet weather.

In the Rutland League, all-rounder Jonny Garner had a superb Sunday as Wisbech Town made it a weekend double after defeating visitors Uffington by 89 runs.

Garner smashed 61 off just 44 balls as Wisbech, who lost the toss, posted 249 in 44.3 overs.

Backing him up were Sam
Albutt 20, Tom Buck 34, Jamie Hallatt 24, Lewis Jackson 26 and Anthony Palmer 38 – the latter pair adding a useful 61 for the eighth wicket.

Garner recorded 7.5-1-28-5 as Uffington were dismissed for 160 in the 37th over. Kieran Haynes took 3-31 and Gary Freear 2-36.

March Town lost at home to Barnack by 140 runs. Barnack won the toss and racked up 282-6 in 45 overs. Ben Chapman bagged four catches while Phoenix Nightingale took 1-42, Sam Mason 3-37 and Kian Pooley 1-31.

The hosts lost early wickets
including Sri Lankan pro Saranga Rajaguru lbw for a duck and,
despite efforts from Nathan Oliver 13, Jacob Gray 25, Curtis Oldroyd not out 39 and Lewis Welcher 23, fell well short and were dismissed for 142.

Long Sutton 2nds lost at home to Castor & Ailsworth 2nds by 78 runs in a 30 overs-per-side game.

Castor & Ailsworth reached 138-6 as Daniel Plant took 1-15, Ajay Jinah 1-20 and skipper Craig Milnes 4-26.

Long Sutton’s 60-8 reply stuttered and only Mackenzie East (12) and keeper Jack Baker (14) reached double figures.

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