Wisbech’s efforts thwarted

WISBECH Town skipper James Williams was certainly cursing the rain when his side’s top of the Cambs Tucker League clash with leaders Foxton was called off on Saturday.

Foxton lead the table by 20 points and Williams was desperate to get the game played and even borrowed a set of covers from the nearby Grammar School to try and make sure the game was played.

But a waterlogged outfield finally halted them and Williams lamented: “It was a game we were desperate to win as we could have closed the gap on Foxton. We worked all week on the ground and were even clearing the dyke to try and get the water level down but rain all week and then more on Friday was just too much.

“We have one set of covers covering the wicket from the County game so needed a second set for the strip against Foxton.

“Unfortunately we will now be looking at other teams taking points off Foxton and it is not in our own hands. We have lost our last three games to the weather and now have to concentrate on our own performances and keep winning games to put the pressure on Foxton.”

Wisbech take on Castor this Saturday and they lost by 42 runs against March Town last week when West Indian bowler John Maynard made his debut taking 2-22. He took the wickets of Michael Atherton, Graham Thorpe, Graeme Hick, Matthew Maynard and Nasser Hussain on England’s tour of the West Indies in a 1993-94 winter tour but is now 43 and not quite so pacey.

David Wood will be available again for Wisbech, who will be desperate for maximum points.

Wisbech third and fourth teams did get some action and won their local derby games against the two March teams.

Wisbech thirds beat March thirds by three wickets in CCA Junior League Division 2A, at the Neale-Wade.

March scored 142 all out with James Shepherd 30 and James Beresford 29 leading the scores and Marcus Kirby chipping in with a valuable 19. Beresford put the new ball out of the ground in only the fourth over and cleared the ropes once more before being caught.

Young 14-year-old Brodie Ellis again bowled well taking four for 22 and Lyndon Waters took three for 17. Wisbech openers Danny Haynes 15 and Adrian Clare 32 gave them a good start. But they still needed 44 runs off the final seven overs, but March had used up their main bowlers and the experienced Paul Strickle 44 not out and Waters 16 not out guided them home with 3.2 overs remaining.

Shepherd and Beresford shared three of the wickets to fall in Wisbech’s 143-5.

Wisbech fourths enjoyed a 149-run victory in CCA Junior Division 4A despite March’s Glen Hulley taking six wickets.

Wisbech set a formidable total of 191 all out with Dean Dodman leading the way with a very good 81 supported by Tim Chapman 26 and Rob Goode 24.

Glen Hulley took 6-65 from his 10 overs, with Sam Mason snapping up 2-14 and 13-year-olds Curtis Oldroyd and Sam Clarke picking up a wicket apiece.

March’s batting folded very quickly as they soon struggled to 17 for six wickets with Tyla Moore four for eight and Harrison Smith three for 13 doing the damage as they were skittled out for just 42 runs and no player reaching double figures.