Wisbech Town could win the Rutland League Division 1 title when they face Peterborough Town this weekend
Wisbech Town travel to title rivals Peterborough Town this Sunday (September 12) in a crunch Rutland League Division 1 clash.
Wisbech, whose date with destiny at Peterborough is their final match of the Rutland campaign, kept up their title bid by beating visitors City CC by 44 runs on Sunday.
Wisbech totalled 231-8 from 45 overs, with the experienced Gary Freear holding the innings together by compiling 61 from 77 balls. He struck 10 boundaries at number four before being trapped lbw.
Skipper Dom Stannard hit 18, fellow opener Thomas Hoyle hit 33, leading divisional batter Josh Bowers struck 29 and James Williams was bowled first ball to leave Wisbech on 82-4.
But Jonny Garner (27) added 48 for the fifth wicket with Freear, while Anthony Palmer compiled a vital unbeaten 40 and put on 77 for the seventh wicket with Freear
City blazed away but lost wickets to Kieran Haynes 2-33, George Gowler 2-77, Freear 3-39 and Palmer 1-24.
It looked all cut-and-dried on 119-8, but away number ten Jawad Ghani smashed 58 not out off just 35 balls before Brodie Ellis mopped up with 2-12 to go past 20 wickets for the season and calm Wisbech nerves with City 187 all out in the 35th over.
The 20 points gathered leave Wisbech 15 points ahead of local rivals Peterborough Town, who have two matches in hand and also had the benefit of hosts March Town conceding their game on Sunday.
Basement side March also travel to Peterborough on Sunday, September 19.
March 2nds were denied a cup final spot by Sutton 1sts who, in the Fenland Trophy Ernie Wool-Semi Final, won by six wickets on Sunday.
Many members of the away order got starts after Sutton won the toss and elected to field, but no March player could go on to the big score required.
After Geoffrey Kirby went for a 'duck', fellow opening bat Ross Clarke hit 13, Jamie Chapman 14, captain Manuj Patel 16 and Sam Mason 25 as the visitors posted 114 all out in 33.2 overs.
Sutton quite comfortably replied with 120-4 with nearly 24 overs gone. Their openers James Barrett and David Frear hit 31 and 41 respectively to largely settle matters.
March reduced them from 63-0 to 99-4 to make Sutton work for victory.
Ross Clarke took 2-44 and Harry Gowler 2-21.
March 2nds had won at St Ives Town & Warboys by six wickets on bank holiday Monday in the Fenland Trophy, with Ross Clarke retiring out on 102.
On Saturday in the Cambs League CCA Junior League 3 North top of the table clash, second-place Chatteris 2nds lost at leaders Kimbolton 2nds who won by185 runs after piling up a huge 341-3 in just 40 overs.
Chatteris, who must have regretted choosing to field on winning the toss, made 156 all out from 26.3 overs.
Chatteris, who have one game left, now cannot catch champions Kimbolton, who have now completed their season and are 33 points ahead.
In Rutland League Division 4 East, Long Sutton 2nds travelled to Peterborough Town 2nds - whose Karanpal Singh hammered a career best undefeated 140 on Sunday.
Town 2nds set 279-3 in 40 overs. Faz Mukhtar took 1-37 and Thisura Hewage 2-48.
Sutton 2nds were dismissed for 129 in the 34th over in reply. Wicket keeper/opener Ellie Stanley made 15, Howard Cresswell 22, Jack Smith 12, Steven Milnes 14 and number 11 skipper Craig Milnes 19.