WISBECH Town will be looking to put a very disappointing season last year behind them as they embark on the new Cambs Tucker League campaign this Saturday with a home game against Khalsa.
After two seasons of chasing the title, Wisbech even look threatened with relegation at one stage as they sorely missed their all-rounder skipper James Williams for the greater part of the season with a shoulder injury.
Unfortunately for Wisbech no one could step up and fill the void and that perhaps has been Wisbech’s drawback in recent seasons as they have relied too much on Williams and Gary Freear for their success.
Hopefully Australian Adam Mead can help share some of the burden this season and Craig Johnson and David Wood can give good support too.
Williams gave some indication of his well-being for this season with 41 not out and three wickets for 14 against Newborough in a five-wicket win on Sunday.
Mead also took three for 14 with Freear and Ben Allsop also taking two wickets.
Williams said: “It was my first friendly after being away and the shoulder felt fine although I must admit I was a bit anxious about it. Last season I felt we were a bit complacent after two seasons of chasing the title.
“I also think we lacked a bit of luck early on when we were losing by 10 runs, one or two wickets.
“We need to concentrate for the full 48 overs in the field and I am sure we will do a lot better.
“Adam Mead seems to have settled in well and bowled well on Saturday. Zac Brown and Jack Hastings are back from college and given a good start this time I think we can do well but it is a tough league and there are no easy games.”
Dave Stratton, who played for Yaxley for a number of seasons, has played a couple of friendlies for Wisbech, and looks set to join the club but will not be available for the start of the season.
Wisbech’s game against North Runcton on Saturday was called off, but the club enjoyed a very good day on Sunday with over 70 juniors signing on and they expect around 130 to join once the season starts.
Wisbech lost their annual game against the MCC by 23 runs last week.
Bowler Jack Hastings top scored with 43 in the first innings and Ben Allsop 62 and Gary Freear 47 led the way in the second innings as Wisbech made 144-8 and 169 all out. Meads took 3-25 in the first innings.
Wisbech seconds beat March seconds by 91 runs in a friendly. Dom Stannard 43 and Ivan Burgess 39 top scored in their 163 for nine. March were bowled out for 74 with Ivan Burgess taking four for 19 and Matt Parrin three for four.