Wisbech win dents March title hopes

Wisbech Town skipper Gary Freear promised no favours in the derby game and March Town certainly did not get any as their title hopes took a hammering with a second successive defeat at The Avenue.

March were desperate the game went ahead and were working on the square from 7am in the morning after Friday’s rain had left it very wet. But it was all to no avail as Wisbech ran out comfortable six-wicket winners in this Cambs Tucker League game.

The consolation for March was that they still have a one-point lead at the top. Their nearest challengers at the start of the day Godmanchester had their game abandoned and Foxton lost, but Ramsey collected 25 points to move from fourth into second place.

On a damp freshly cut strip the toss was all-important to win but it was Freear who guessed right and March were left to bat first and scored 149 all out.

For the second time this season Wisbech got the important wicket of Matt Wilcox early in the second over with just 10 runs on the board. Carl Chapman 29 and Tom Howgego 16 put on 34 for the next wicket and then Steve Hinton 16 and Rob Moden also helped push the score along. Tom Bourne took the first three wickets for 35 runs and Craig Johnson five for 34.

Ringham felt their total was still good enough to bring a win but Wisbech, who lost Danny Haynes to Ringham’s first delivery, were always in command after that as Tyler Phillips took some early punishment for short deliveries. David Wood hit a very impressive 61 and with Henry Rosier 29 shared a good stand.

There was also a surprise appearance of James Williams, playing his first game for over two months after a shoulder operation, and batting as though he had never been away with 25. Carl Chapman picked up three of the wickets to fall.

Freear commented: “It was a good toss to win on a damp wicket. We again got Matt Wilcox out cheaply with Tom Bourne bowling really well and then Craig Johnson mopping up the tale with five wickets. David Wood and Henry Rosier set up the win before giving away their wickets and then James came in and got some runs.

“He only got clearance from the specialist to play on Thursday. He can only bat and field in the slips so it meant I had to do some running in the field. We have been getting better game by game and I just think that March did not feel they could bowl us out and never really played with any passion.”

Ringham said: “It looked as though we would get around 125 at one time so I was not too unhappy with 149 but Wisbech got the runs without too much trouble.

“We have won games this season when we did not look likely to so we will have to take this one. We are still top but have a big game with Godmanchester next Saturday now.”

Wilcox however has not bowled in the last two games and it is doubtful that will change this week so March now have it all to do to take the title having led the table for three months.