WISBECH Town skipper Gary Freear was unfortunate to see a gamble fail to pay off in a very tight finish against Cambridge Granta seconds in the Cambs Tucker Premier on Saturday.
Freear called his side’s innings to close at 201 for five with still two of their 48 overs left and the move almost paid off until Granta’s last pair added 20 runs for the last wicket to win the game with four balls remaining.
Wisbech reached their score with good contributions from the in-form Carl Pope 65, Henry Rosier 44 and Sam Albutt 25.
Freear explaining his declaration said: “I was happy to leave Granta a score to have a go at and give us a chance of winning the game. Many times this season they have just shut up shop and gone for a draw.
“It was disappointing that we got so close and could not win, but to be fair the last two batsmen at the wicket were not bad.
“We still managed to pick up 16 points and they only got 20 for winning the game.”
Craig Johnson was again among the wickets for Wisbech, taking four for 62, Gary Freear three for 61 and Drew Jones and Rosier picked up one each as Wisbech used eight bowlers.
Wisbech seconds won by 92 runs against Ely seconds in CCA Senior Division 2.
Wisbech lost an early wicket before Danny Emmington 29 and Dom Stannard 36 put them back in command. They then lost some cheap wickets before Matt Parrin 30 and Matt Pack 26 not out restored the innings which finished on 181 for eight.
Ely were soon struggling in reply as Mark Sheppard 3-22 and Ryan Van Waterschoot three for nine shot through their top order. Matt Parrin also picked up two wickets for 10 runs as Ely finished all out for just 89.
Wisbech thirds continue to find it difficult in CCA Division 2A and lost by six wickets to Needingworth and are second from bottom.
The batting again let Wisbech down as they reached just 91 all out. Needingworth had few problems reaching such a low score.
Wisbech fourths suffered a seven-wicket defeat to St Ives thirds in CCA Junior 3A.
They scored a respectable 190 all out with Charlie Wood 35, Dan Saberton 36. Rob Williams 20 and Tom Chapman 20.
But St Ives were always comfortable with the openers putting on over a century for the first wicket. Young Brodie Ellis again bowled well taking one for 26.
On Sunday Wisbech seconds game against Bourne seconds in Rutland League Division Five was abandoned. Bourne scored 183 for seven with Hassan Ahmed taking 2-24 and Carl Pope 2-19.
In reply Wisbech opener David Wood hit 68 but lost two early partners before Nick Pack 23 and Carl Pope 21 gave support. Wisbech at the end of play were 153 for eight.
In the Fenland Trophy Wisbech thirds’ game against Wimblington was also abandoned.
Wimblington were all out for 151 and Wisbech were 70 for two at the close.