Captain fantastic Freear to the fore as Wisbech go top of the league with thrilling Nassington win
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Wisbech Town are sitting pretty at the top of the Tucker Gardner league after captain Gary Freear inspired them to an unlikely 24 run win at Nassington.
Not for the first time this season, Wisbech were under the cosh - Nassington, chasing 133 to win, were cruising at 65-1.
But then Freear, who had earlier made a crucial 31, ripped through the Nassington line-up, taking 7-25. He received support from Tom Meyrick (2-37) as Nassington were dismissed for 108.
Wisbech’s top scorer was Sam Albutt, who made a fluent 35, with Josh Bowers making 31 in Wisbech’s 132 all out.
Wisbech’s eighth win in 11 games this season sees them lead Godmanchester and Ramsey (who have played a game more).
Freear said: “It was not my most influential game - I once scored 195 and took five wickets.
“I’ve had tendonitis in my Achilles and have been batting down the order and not bowling a lot so it was nice to contribute.”
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Freear praised the never-say-die character of his side, who have made a habit of pulling wins from the jaws of defeat.
He said: “We should call ourselves the burglars because we keep winning games in situations like this - it shows a lot of character.
“However, we know our batting has definitely not clicked. We need to show more dedication when conditions are tough.”
Freear says Wisbech will not underestimate strugglers Warboys when they make the short trip to take them on on Saturday.
Freear said: “Warboys have some good players and they nearly beat us earlier this season so we need to make sure we perform.”
Wisbech have received a double boost with the news James Williams and Jack Hastings are set to return for the game. However, opening bowler Sam Rippington, who has been carrying a niggle and “not at full tilt”, may be rested to allow him to recover.
Matthew Parrin (4-11) and Danny Emmington (4-25) did the damage as Wisbech II beat Bluntisham by eight wickets.
Bluntisham were skittled for 51. Gavin Plume (20no) and Rhys Howell (21) saw the hosts home.
Leverington beat Wisbech III by six wickets in a Fen derby.
Soloman Prestidge (4-47) and Aaon Cobb (3-36) were the main wicket takers as Wisbech III made 131.
Pete Scott’s unbeaten 57 was the key innings in the visitors reply.
Tom Freear took four wickets (4-24), while Matt Dawson (48) and Rod Shipley (48) were in the runs, as Wisbech IV chased down 132-8 to win by eight wickets.