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Wisbech close in on third spot




Fourth-spot Wisbech Town dispatched Stamford by nine wickets on Saturday to leave them eight points behind Whitings Cambs Premier League Division 1 third-position side Foxton.

The hosts collapsed from 28-0 to 89 all out from 31.4 overs. George Gowler bagged 2-37 as well as a run-out, Josh Porter 1-15, Anthony Palmer 3-15, Gary Freear 1-7 and Lyndon Mallett 2-12; while Josh Bowers made two stumpings.

Wisbech sped to 93-1 off 11 overs. Freear struck eight fours in his 46 and was out with two runs needed for victory. Fellow opener Danny Haynes, who also hit eight boundaries, finished on an unbeaten 36.

Gary Freear (49655487)
Gary Freear (49655487)

Wisbech 2nds fell to defeat by eight wickets at Division 3 leaders Sawston and Babraham 2nds. Wisbech were dismissed for 83-9 in 30.5 overs as Ian Bell did not bat. Dom Stannard made 13, Lewis Jackson 15 and Thomas Hoyle 24 Sawston and Babraham reached 84-2 from just 12.5 overs.

Madingley defeated away side Wisbech 3rds by six wickets, in CCA Junior League 1 North.

Madingley reached 93-4 in 18 overs after they dismissed Wisbech for 90 from 39 overs.

Brandon Phillips bashed 106 runs as sixth-spot March Town beat basement team St Ives Town & Warboys by 166 runs in the Cambs League.

Hosts March piled up 297-7 as their 50 overs closed at The Avenue. Phillips faced 112 balls and hit 13 fours and three sixes.

Others in double figures were David Haslegrave 25, Udana Ranathunga 12, Saranga Rajaguru 18, Curtis Oldroyd 27, Ruwan Pitigala 41 and Ross Clarke not out 14.

Phillips and Rajaguru added 89 for the fifth wicket before the latter recorded 9-2-29-4. Other wicket-takers in St Ives’ 131 all out in 37 overs were Shae Pooley 2-30, Clarke 2-37 and James Harradine 2-18.

CCA Senior League Division 1 hosts Chatteris, in eighth, lost to second-spot Cambridge NCI by 86 runs. NCI posted 164-8 in 45 overs. Chatteris replied with 78 all out in 32 overs.

Long Sutton suffered an agonising one-run defeat in their Premier Division match against Freiston on Saturday.
Needing eight to win off the final over, Sutton required two from the last ball of the match only for Oliver Taylor to be run out in the scramble for victory.
Freiston had batted first with Josh Baker taking an early wicket before Barry Stanway struck to leave the hosts on 45-2.

Adam Whitaker and Jake Burton then slowed down Freiston’s momentum as they reached the drinks break on 100-3.
Charlie Crisp and Dan Oldfield were then brought into attack and began well until the Freiston batsmen started to get a grip on the game.
Usman Ahmed was in fine form for the hosts as he blasted an unbeaten 115 not out before Sutton rallied again.

Oldfield took three wickets to finish with 3-35 from seven overs while Baker bagged his second only for Freiston tom up the ante again in the final five overs to finish on 247-8.

Despite losing Peter Cook early on, Adam Wright and Oldfield responded well for Sutton in their reply.
They put on 80 runs for the second wicket with Oldfield making 28 and Wright hitting a brilliant 68.
After his departure Sutton were on 126-4 with Stanway joining Baker to produce a good partnership.

They added 42 runs for the fifth wicket before Baker became the first of Ahmed’s four wickets when he was out for 36.
Stanway kept the scoreboard ticking over until he fell to Ahmed one run short of his half-century with the Sutton total on 226-8.

Whitaker then led the push for victory with an unbeaten 21 which saw Sutton go into the final over needing eight runs for victory.

He and last man Taylor struggled to get the ball away in the final over and needed to scamper between the wickets to leave Sutton requiring two off the last delivery.
Taylor was on strike and, although he kept out the yorker well to set off for a run, to his dismay Freiston fielder Ryan Overton held onto the ball and whipped off the bails to secure a dramatic win for the hosts.

Both Long Sutton Sunday teams won away.

The pace-setting first XI beat Werrington 2nds who were 172 all out in 34.2 overs in the Rutland League. Paul Deans bagged 4-53 while Josh Baker took 3-36, Adam Whitaker 1-35, Charlie Crisp 1-32 and Jake Burton 1-5.

Opener and wicketkeeper Dan Oldfield hit eight fours and two sixes in his 69, Edward Barnes 12 and Baker 22. Crisp not out 17 and Deans not out 19 added a useful late stand to seal victory by three wickets as Sutton reached 173-7 in the 33rd over.

Sutton 2nds triumphed in the South Lincs & Border League by 130 runs at Freiston L&L 2nds who were skittled for 67 from 29.5 overs.

Earlier, Long Sutton 2nds set 197-9 when their 45 overs closed. James Baker compiled 18, Angus Bell 13, Daniel Plant 43, Ed Munson 62 with ten boundaries and a six and Joe Whitaker 10.

SATURDAY FIXTURES

Whiting & Partners Cambs/Hunts League Division 1, noon: Cambridge St. Giles v March Town, Wisbech Town v St Ives Town & Warboys.

CCA Senior League Division 1, 1pm: March 2nds v Abington.

CCA Junior League 1 North, 1.30pm: Chippenham v Wisbech 3rds.

CCA Junior League 3 North, 1.30pm: St Ives T & Warboys 3rds v Chatteris 2nds.

CCA Junior League 4 North, 1.30pm: March 3rds v Hemingford Park, Wisbech 4ths v Burwell & Exning 4ths.

South Lincs & Border League, 1pm, Premier Division: Belton Park v Long Sutton.

Sunday FIXTURES

Rutland League, all 12.30pm, Division 1: City v March T, Barnack v Wisbech T.

Fenland Trophy, 1pm: Chatteris v Wimblington, CSKA v March 2nds.



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