Bowers heroics in vain as Wisbech lose top of the table clash to Godmanchester to end nine game winning run
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Wisbech Town captain Gary Freear insists all is still to play for after his side lost by two wickets in a nail-biting top of the table clash against Godmanchester.
Josh Bowers carried on his purple patch with an unbeaten 99, while James Williams (50) and Danny Haynes (33) were also in the runs, as Wisbech posted 217-7 at Harecroft Road.
But, despite a fine performance from Sam Rippington (4-38), and three wickets for Tom Meyrick (3-49), Byron Ovenstone (84) led the way as Godmanchester squeezed home.
Despite the loss, Wisbech picked up 16 points. With seven league games remaining, they trail Godmanchester by just seven points in the Tucker Gardner league, with the sides due to meet again before the end of the campaign.
Freear said: “It was a good game between two good sides. We picked up 16 points to their 25 so it was only a nine point swing.
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“Josh Bowers got 84 not out the previous week so that’s 183 runs unbeaten. He’s not got a senior hundred so we were gutted for him to come so close.
“We knew we were 20 runs light. It didn’t help that I was given run out when the ball didn’t hit the stumps - it was the keeper’s pads which knocked the bails off.
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“We bowled pretty well but Ovenstone is a top player. With 14 runs needed and two wickets to get, we thought we could pull off another win, like we’ve done numerous times this season.”
Up next for Wisbech is a home clash with Foxton, while Godmanchester host Burwell II.
Freear said: “Foxton have four really good players, including the best overseas bowler in the league, but their batting is fragile. We beat them easily at their place.
“Before Godmanchester, we won nine in a row. We need to get back that mentality again.”
Wisbech II lost top spot in CCA Senior Division II after a seven wicket loss to fellow title contenders Chippenham.
Matt Esser (23) was the only batsman to reach double figures as WIsbech II crumbled to 60 all out. Charly Rattley took 7-23.
In reply, Adam Hodgson, Lyndon Mallett and Matthew Parrin each picked up a wicket but there was no chance of defending such a modest total.
Wisbech III lost by seven wickets to Wilburton. Ali Anthony top scored (38) as Wisbech III posted 147 all out. All three wickets in the chase fell to run outs.