CRICKET: Wisbech continue winning run but tough test lies ahead

PUBLISHED: 09:04 05 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:30 05 July 2018

Wisbech 2nds bowler Wian Pretorious claims the wicket of batsman Andrew Wool during their nine-wicket win against Chatteris last Saturday. Picture: IAN CARTER

Wisbech 2nds bowler Wian Pretorious claims the wicket of batsman Andrew Wool during their nine-wicket win against Chatteris last Saturday. Picture: IAN CARTER

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Captain Gary Freear insists the improved form of Wisbech Town will be tested this Saturday.

The Fenland side have reeled off three successive Whiting & Partners Division One victories to kick their Cambs & Hunts Premier League season into gear.

The latest of those triumphs arrived at bottom side Kimbolton last term when an unbeaten 91 from Josh Bowers guided them home by five wickets, comfortably passing their hosts’ posting of 201-8 which included a century from their South African skipper Jason Redinger.

Wisbech have also beaten Waresley and March during a pleasing run and Freear hopes they carry that momentum into a visit to Sawston & Babraham on Saturday.

Wisbech lost the reverse fixture at the beginning of the season and will be taking on a team who toppled leaders Eaton Socon last weekend.

“We’ve played the three weakest teams in the league just lately, but they were also three important results,” said Freear.

“The Kimbolton captain played well and held their innings together, but they never really attacked our bowlers and we always felt we were in a good position in the game.

“It was great to see Josh get a few runs. He had three ducks in four innings recently and was a bit down in the dumps, but this will do him the world of good.

“We’ve got a bit of momentum behind us as a team and we need to take that into the Sawston & Babraham game. They beat the leaders last week so it will be a strong test.”

Teenager Rhys Howell added an unbeaten 38 for Wisbech at Kimbolton and that contribution proved to be the start of a good weekend as he hit a first century in senior cricket the following day.

Howell cracked a terrific 121 off 119 balls as Wisbech thumped Grantham by 237 runs in Division One of the Rutland League.

James Williams (64) and Freear (57no) helped the reigning champions reach 292-7 before they skittled their opponents for a paltry 54.

Brodie Ellis did the majority of the damage with a 6-15 in an innings that lasted for just 13-and-a-half-overs.

Wisbech go to bottom side Weldon this Sunday.

* Captain Don Stannard hit an unbeaten century as Wisbech 2nds eased clear of the Cambs Senior League Division One drop-zone last Saturday.

Stannard carried his bat for 100 in a nine-wicket victory against bottom side Chatteris.

Spinner Joe Dunning (4-20) was the star performer with the ball as Wisbech 2nds dismissed their opponents for 158 before waltzing to victory.

Stannard and Shane Sleath (43) put on 128 for the opening wicket before the skipper was joined at the crease by Wian Pretorius to finish the job.


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