Weather favours Wisbech title challenge for a change

WISBECH Town can thank the weather for a change as they put themselves back into the Cambs Tucker League title race on Saturday.

Rivals Foxton and Sawston both suffered with draws due to the rain while Wisbech managed to miss the heavy showers all around them for a 158-run win after they skittled Camden out for just 33 runs.

The win picked up 25 points for Wisbech and they now trail Foxton by 17 points and Sawston by just one with three games to go and possibly more unpredictable weather to come. It could be a very interesting final game against fourth placed March at The Avenue on September 15.

Wisbech batted first and scored 259 for five with Danny Haynes 67, Sam Albutt 58, Gary Freear 53 and Jack Hastings 30 not out.

Because there was a rain break this total was reduced to 195 in 36 overs with Camden losing two wickets not that it really mattered as the bowling of Gary Freear and Craig Johnson left Camden in a real spin.

Man of the match Freear took five for 13 off 11 overs with six maidens and Johnson took two for 15 off 11 overs with five maidens. James Williams took one for four.

Skipper Williams said: “For once the weather has worked in our favour and we have closed the gap on Foxton so it is very interesting now.

“There seemed to be rain all around us but we had only one rain break. We batted really well and then put them under pressure from the start with our spinners and it paid off. We now have to go and get a win at Nassington next week.”

Wisbech seconds lost by five wickets against Yelling in CCA Senior Division 2.

Wisbech scored 183 for seven in their 45 overs with Matt Esser 57 putting on 70 runs with Matt Pack 18 for the sixth wicket. Opener Tom Chapman hit 28.

Yelling’s reply got off to a good start and got home with eight balls to spare and five wickets. Matt Pack and Matt Parrin took two wickets each.

Wisbech thirds lost by 149 runs against third placed Sutton in CCA Junior 2A.

Sutton scored 241 all out and Wisbech managed just 92 all out.

On Sunday Wisbech won by 58 runs against Kings Keys in the Rutland Division One.

Gary Freear hit 102 not out (his fourth century of the season) and Jack Hastings hit 81 not out to rescue Wisbech with a sixth wicket partnership and they reached 242 for five.

Kings Keys were bowled out for 184 with James Williams taking three for 26 and Matt Parrin two for 13.

Wisbech seconds lost by 92 runs against Kimbolton in Rutland Division Five.

The home team scored 194 for six with Lyndon Waters taking three for 37. Wisbech were bowled out for 102 with top scorer Will Bennett 24.