Tricky time for batsmen

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Wisbech Town’s batsmen found it hard going on a tricky wicket to lose by two wickets against champions Camden in the Tucker Premier Division on Saturday.

Camden won the toss and put Wisbech into bat and the decision was soon paying rewards as Wisbech struggled for runs and were soon losing wickets too.

Sam Albutt 28, Gary Freear 18 and Ben Allsop 16 showed some resistance as Wisbech finished on 141 for nine off their 48 overs.

Camden looked to be cruising to victory at 92 for one but then the spin bowling of Gary Freear and Craig Johnson began to change the tide.

Johnson took three for 29 off his 15 overs and Freear three for 37 off 11 overs as Camden were made to fight for their win. In the end they got home with two wickets to spare but did have nine overs left.

Skipper James Williams commented: “Not for the first time this season we were 30-odd runs short of what was required with our batting. We lost wickets at regular intervals and just did not knuckle down.

“The bowling of Craig and Gary put us back in the game and with another 30 runs on the board I think we might well have won the game.”

Williams will be playing his last game of the season in the Tucker League against Foxton next week before he has surgery on a shoulder injury.

Australian Drew Jones came up with his best bowling performance so far when taking five for 19 to help Wisbech to a seven-wicket win against S&L Corby on Sunday in Rutland League Division Two.

The Corby side were all out for just 66 as Jones ripped through their batting with Lyndon Waters taking two for 15.

Gary Freear 23 and James Williams 29 not out ensured an easy win in a very quick 7.4 overs.

Wisbech seconds had a six-wicket success against City of Ely in CCA Senior Division 2.

Ely were all out for 119 with Tom Bourne tearing the heart out of the home batting with three for 11 off nine overs and Kieran Haynes taking three for 21 off 10 overs. Ivan Burgess and Matt Pack also took two wickets each.

In reply Wisbech lost opener Danny Haynes without scoring but Gavin Plume 29 and Dom Stannard 43 soon got them back on track with Burgess 19 no and Charles Baxter 14 seeing them home in 35.1 overs.

On Sunday Wisbech seconds lost by 90 runs to Bourne seconds in Rutland League Division Five.

Bourne reached 204 for nine off their 45 overs with John Mallett four for 40 the best of the Wisbech bowlers and Matt Parrin three for 63.

Wisbech were always struggling to reach that total and were 114 all out. Danny Emmington top scored with 22.

Wisbech thirds had a resounding nine-wicket win against Needingworth in CCA Junior Division 2A.

Needingworth were restricted to 142 all out with Adrian Peck taking four wickets for 29 and Danny Emmington two for 29.

Wisbech had few problems reaching the required target with Paul Strickle unbeaten on 41, Matt Esser 32 and Richard Harnwell 42 not out knocking off the runs in 26.2 overs.