WISBECH Town’s good run of four successive wins hit the buffers when they lost by 32 runs in a low scoring game against Camden in the Cambs Tucker League on Saturday.
After winning their four previous games, Wisbech must have been confident they could beat Camden’s total of 139 but on this occasion their batting let them down badly. They have now dropped down to third place in the table 39 points behind Foxton.
Camden seem to thrive on wet wickets as they had demonstrated against March seven days earlier and Wisbech skipper James Williams was not happy that the covers had been left off overnight.
Wisbech did make an early breakthrough with just two runs on the board but then Alex Mutucumarana 40 began to take charge before Jack Hastings claimed two quick wickets. Williams did not bowl nursing a hamstring injury and it was left to the spinners Craig Johnson 3-25 and Gary Freear 3-32 to contain Camden to 139 all out. This total could have been somewhat less, but for some uncharacteristic dropped catches.
After scoring a high score the previous week 139 should have well within Wisbech’s capabilities but openers Danny Haynes and Sam Albutt were both back in the pavilion with just 22 runs on the board and then Freaar, who has been scoring for fun recently, was trapped leg before for just 11.
David Wood 28 and Williams 13 put on 38 for the fourth wicket but once they had departed so had Wisbech’s chance of victory as they were bowled out for 107 after 44 overs.
A disappointed Williams said: “It was very similar to our other defeat this season against Foxton in a low scoring game. We must have dropped six catches and that allowed them to get 20 to 30 more runs than they should have done.
“We lost two quick wickets and then losing Gary early on was a big blow too. It was a big disappointment not to reach their total as we have chased down some decent scores in our last four games but we did not put the pressure on their bowlers.
“You do get some surprise results on damp wickets and no doubt there will be more to come in the league.”
Wisbech seconds lost by 14 runs in their CCA Senior Division 2 game against Bluntisham despite the very good efforts of 17-year-old Danny Emmington 68.
Bluntisham scored 136 all out with Matthew Parrin taking five wickets for 29 runs to rip through their middle order. Ivan Burgess two for 22 and Matt Pack 2-17.
Emmington, who also plays soccer for Wisbech Town, opened the Wisbech batting and proved the mainstay as partners failed to stay too long and only Laurence Twell 15 managed to reach double figures and three batsmen failed to register a run. The home side finally reached 122 all out after 36.3 overs.
Wisbech thirds completed a poor day for the club losing by three runs in an exciting finish against Needingworth in CCA Junior 2A.
Needingworth started well but Ryan Waterschoot made sure the tail did not wag with three for 17 as they finished on 127 all out. Kieran Haynes 2-28, John Mallett 2-33 and Craig Pack 2-38 also picked up wickets.
In reply Wisbech opener Shane Sleath 68 was in good form but apart from Ollie Short 12 and Sam Darlow 13 he received little support.
Unfortunately Gary Alexander could not bat after dislocating his shoulder while fielding and going to hospital. In the end Wisbech were just four runs short of a victory when all out for 124.
Wisbech firsts had an eight-wicket win on Sunday against Newborough in Rutland League Division Two.
Newborough scored 166 for seven with Zak Brown picking up four wickets for 24.
Simon Freear, James Williams 43 and Danny Haynes 24 not out soon knocked off the runs for Wisbech.
Wisbech seconds won by 43 runs in their Rutland League Division 5 game against Kettering.
They scored 189 all out in their 45 overs with Sam Darlow leading the way with 73.
Kettering were all out for 146 with Harrison Smith taking four for 20, Ryan Van Waterschoot three for 16 and Aaron Cobb two for 39.
Wisbech thirds made it a good Sunday for the club with an eight-wicket win against Wimblington in the Fenland Trophy.
Wimblington reached only 57 all out with Harry Johnson 4-18, Muhammad Niaz 4-19 and Dave le Moir 2-2.
Tom Culshaw 28 and Matt Dawson 20 steered Wisbech towards victory.
Wisbech Town play their rearranged Wilcox Cup game against Ufford tomorrow night at Harecroft Road.