WISBECH Town had a very disappointing eight-run defeat at Foxton on a pudding of a wicket in the Cambs Tucker League on Saturday.
It was effectively Wisbech’s first league game of the season with two games abandoned and they did get off to a very good start bowling out the home side for just 89 runs on the saturated wicket.
So it was hardly a case of missing the injured Australian Adam Meads with skipper James Williams taking four for 27, Zak Brown three for 26 and Jack Hastings three for 14.
In reply Wisbech did have a major blow in the first over with Gary Freear out without scoring, but Danny Haynes 17 and Brown 21 weathered the storm to take Wisbech into a match-winning position at 50 for one.
But a collapse came and Wisbech were quickly struggling at 58 for six before eventually reaching 81 all out.
Williams commented: “Zac and Jack both bowled well and we fielded really well which is something we had worked on. Even after losing Gary we got ourselves into a good position, but then got bogged down against a very good Australian bowler who swung it and we lost quick wickets.
“It is very disappointing to lose the game by nine runs and it is very much like early last season when we got ourselves into winning positions and lost narrowly.”
March Town are still waiting to commence their Tucker League season after a third successive game was called off at Castor on Saturday along wit the rest of the club’s other three games.
Skipper Chris Ringham said: “It is getting very frustrating and some of the players were joking we will have to start the pre-season practice again.”
Chatteris, Wimblington, Doddington and Leverington also had their Cambs games abandoned due to the weather.
March firsts did get some action on Sunday but lost by four wickets in a low scoring game at Finedon in the Rutland Division One.
It was an important toss to win on a very damp track and March were put in and registered just 61 runs with Jamie Stimpson top scoring with 10.
Finedon knocked the runs off for six wickets with Australian Ryan Meyer bowling very well with three wickets.
Wisbech enjoyed a 67-run win against Stewart & Lloyds on Sunday in Rutland Division Two with Gary Freear starring with bat and ball. Freear hit 46 runs and opener Danny Haynes 30 as Wisbech registered 135 all out.
Spinner Freear then took four wickets for 17 as the Corby side were bowled out for just 68 runs. Jack Hastings took three for seven and James Williams two for 19.