Wisbech host the league leaders in must-win game

WISBECH Town host Cambs Tucker League leaders Foxton on Saturday in a must-win game.

Wisbech skipper James Williams said: “It is a massive game. We are 20 points and a win behind them. Being at home gives us a bit of an advantage.

“Hopefully we will get decent weather this week and we can get some training in.”

There is only one doubt: wicketkeeper Simon Freear, who injured his thumb behind the stumps a week ago. Freear would not have played last weekend and Wisbech are praying he will recover after benefiting from the rest.

Both Wisbech, at home to Sawston thirds, and March Town, at Khalsa, had their Cambs Tucker games called off last Saturday.

Who would choose to work on a cricket ground during this wet summer? Williams said: “It was pretty much a lake on the square on Friday. We worked on it all afternoon to clear the water.

“Then I got up at 7.30am to try to prepare it but more rain meant the game had to be postponed at 9am.

“Other teams have been getting called off as well, so we are not losing points on Foxton.”

March Town vice-captain John Gilson said: “Because Wisbech complained last week the league insisted that we weren’t allowed to call the game off until the pitch had been inspected by a qualified umpire.

“Everywhere else was under water – our ground certainly was. If they hadn’t had to get an umpire in, we would have been called off the day before. It was a bit of a farce.

“Khalsa are bottom of the league and Nassington are one from the bottom. We have had all four games against these teams called off this season, which hasn’t helped very much.

“We thought we would get some good points against those teams.”

Gilson, Steve Hinson and Matty Vail are unavailable (as well as long-term injury victim and skipper Chris Ringham) for next Saturday’s home game with Caistor & Ailsworth while March must decide who captains the side.

The 4ths were the only team to play, losing by 111 runs to unbeaten CCA Junior League Division 4A leaders Littleport.

The visitors struck 201-5, James Shepherd 3-45 and Glen Hulley 2-49.

March collapsed from 28-0 to 90, Brett Tinnion run out for 12, opening partner James Beresford 19 and Jamie Stimpson 18.

Gilson commented: “We are unsure on Tyler Phillips. We have had both our opening bowlers injured with Tyler and Chris missing games.”

Danny Haynes scored 91 as Wisbech Sunday won at home to Market Deeping in the Rutland League.

Wisbech Sunday captain Ivan Burgess said: “Danny was dropped on six or seven and really made them pay.”

Wisbech totalled 219, being dismissed on the final ball of their 45 overs. Dom Stannard hit 31, Gary Freear 21, including the only six of the innings, and Burgess 20.

Deeping were dismissed for 106 in 36.3 overs. Burgess took 1-28, James Williams 1-26, Jack Hastings 2-18, John Mallett 1-30, Gary Freear the super analysis of 5-4-1-3, Simon Freear 1-0 and Carl Pope 1-0. 

Wisbech seconds lost by 40 runs in Rutland League Division 5 to Weldon. Weldon totalled 160 as Matthew Parrin jnr took 2-37, Harrison Smith 4-48 and Lyndon Waters 2-0.

However Wisbech were shot out for 120 with Jason Esser 32 and Brodie Ellis 20 the only ones to get a significant score.

Wisbech thirds lost in the Fenland Invitation Trophy to Wimblington who reached 124-6 in 35.3 overs after Wisbech got 121 in 36.

March lost Sunday’s game at Oundle 1sts in the Rutland League by 94 runs after the hosts recovered from a perilous position at 32-6.

Skipper Stuart Mills said: “They put on 110 for the seventh wicket and that pretty much won them the game.

“Their South African bowler Patrick Geftha was a bit quick and took 5-10 off 10 overs.”

Oundle posted 170 in the 36th over, Callum Young bagging 4-46 off 12 overs and fellow opening bowler Josh Jackman backing him up with 3-30. Ben Pyle took 2-28.

March struggled to 76 all out. Ryan Meyer top scored with 33, and the only other batsman to reach double figures was Scott Welcher 13.