All-round effort beats top side

PUBLISHED: 12:17 20 June 2008 | UPDATED: 08:30 02 June 2010

CRICKET ROUND-UP AN excellent all-round batting performance helped Wisbech Town first team claim a superb Tucker Gardener Premier Division One win at second-placed Burwell. Wisbech chased down the hosts 228-7 with two overs to spare. Burwell s opener P


AN excellent all-round batting performance helped Wisbech Town first team claim a superb Tucker Gardener Premier Division One win at second-placed Burwell.

Wisbech chased down the hosts' 228-7 with two overs to spare.

Burwell's opener Paul Redfern scored 110 as Wisbech worked hard in the field.

Craig Johnson (2-31) and Ben Allsop (2-58) both took two wickets, while James Williams (1-26) and Brad Apted (1-45) took one each.

Wisbech's reply saw several batsmen chip in with key contributions.

Gary Freear and James Williams both scored 42 runs, Allsop hit 39, David Wood, 29 and Sam Albutt, 28, before Adam Hodgson weighed in with 16 not out and Apted hit the winning runs as Wisbech finished on 230-8.

Leverington travelled to Thetford for the first time in their history and came away with an excellent win.

Leverington won the toss and decided to bowl even though they started with only eight men due to players losing their way and car trouble.

Leverington started the West Norfolk Division Two match well with Damien Allen getting a wicket in the third over.

But they could have been at 15-3 with the other Thetford opener dropped and a poor run out attempt.

Thetford looked like they would make Leverington pay but Allen picked up his second wicket in the 11th over.

Leverington then had to turn to their part time bowler Stewart Cuthill who bowled well but gave away a four in most overs.

Adam Fairbrother replaced Allen and got a wicket early on after a rain break and then soon picked up his second as Thetford struggled to 107 at 30 overs.

Cobb then came back and picked up his only wicket of the game and Allen (2-51) returned to finish off the overs as Thetford got to 174-5.

Leverington's batting started well.

They reached 19 after three overs but lost Robert McGregor.

Some attacking batting from Glyn Wilson (31) and Paul Rockliffe (21) kept the runs ticking over as the 50 came up in the 10th over.

But after they were both dismissed, Cuthill was bowled and Leverington were in trouble at 76-4.

John Bilcliff and Allen came in and picked up three runs an over, but the visitors were falling behind the run rate until the 33rd over.

At this point they hit 10 runs an over for the next four overs.

But Bilcliff (38) was caught and Allen (47) was out in the next over to leave Leverington needing 11 to win but with little batting left.

Fairbrother (eight not out) and Phil Medcalf (three not out) saw Leverington to victory by four wickets.

Leverington progressed to the next round of the Knock Out Cup with an excellent win against Division One team Fosters last Wednesday.

Leverington batted first and got 118 in their 20 overs with all of the batsmen getting a start with Wilson (26) Fairbrother (16) and Simon Gilbert (14) their top scorers.

Leverington soon had Fosters in trouble with Allen taking two wickets and Cobb, five, and Mark Godfrey and Gilbert one each, Fosters were bowled out for just 27.

Leverington play Hospital in the next round.

Leverington's second team suffered a massive 123-run Fenland Trophy defeat to Chatteris.

With a weakened side Leverington opted to field on a lovely wicket that saw Chatteris amass a creditable 195.

Leverington never looked comfortable with the bat and a very keen Chatteris scuttled them out for just 72 in half of the allotted overs.

Wisbech third team's bowlers played to the conditions to see them to a much-needed West Norfolk Division Three win at Swaffham.

Despite a couple of rain delays, Swaffham were dismissed for 96 as Ryan Waterschoot (4-35), Lee Peck (2-22) and John Mallett (2-24) did the damage.

Shane Sleath guided Wisbech home just ahead of the downpour with 27 not out.

Wisbech's Rutland Division One side were hammered by a strong Godmanchester outfit on Sunday.

Chasing an imposing 295-7 after Adam Hodgson took three wickets and Tom Bourne and Craig Johnson took two each, Wisbech were dismissed for 115 with Hodgson top scoring with 33.

Despite a 69 from Jon Kaberry and a 54 from Stuart Mills, March second team lost by a single run to Wilbrahams in the CCA Senior Division Two.

A 102 from O Drake helped visiting Wilbrahams to an impressive 274-5.

Mills took 3-61 and Callum Young (1-31) and Stuart Arnold (1-40) took the other two wickets.

March openers James Hilliard (40) and Kaberry put March in with a chance and Mills, Richard Green (25) and John Wallis (40) set up a thrilling finish.

Wisbech second team's home Hunts Division Two game with Houghton and Wyton was abandoned due to the rain, with the hosts at 65-3.

Wisbech second Sunday side's fixture at St Ives was cancelled due to the weather and the rain brought an early end to a friendly match between Wisbech fourth team and Clent.

Clent, who travelled down from near Wolverhampton, had made a good start, scoring 49-0 off 10 overs.


Wisbech Town first team, pictured earlier in the season, were in match-winning form on Saturday.

Pictured are, back row, from left to right: Adam Hodgson, Simon Freear, Sam Albutt, Lee Peck, Ben Allsop, James Williams, Chris Clark.

Front row: Ivan Burgess, Gary Freear, Charles Baxter, Bradley Apted.


Callum Young fires in a delivery for March Town second team on Saturday.

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