CRICKET: Captain Gary Freear fires 190 in big Wisbech win
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Wisbech captain Gary Freear continued his sparkling start to the season with a mighty Cambs & Hunts Premier League innings last Saturday.
Freear bludgeoned his way to an unbeaten 190, from just 145 balls, in a Whiting & Partners Division One success at Nassington.
Wisbech triumphed by a whopping 222 runs as they posted 342-7 before dismissing their hosts for 120.
Freear, who cracked 29 fours and a couple of sixes, said: “It wasn’t a particularly good wicket, more that Nassington bowled poorly in all honesty.
“I just waited for the bad balls and there were quite a few of them for me to put away.
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“I didn’t reach 150 until the 46th over and if I’d have let loose a few overs earlier I might have made it to 200.
“We still had to back up the big score by bowling well. Nassington had a good start but once we got two or three down, we were able to pick the rest off relatively quickly.
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“We needed a result after losing at Foxton the previous weekend.”
Freear’s mighty innings is not actually a career best. He once clubbed 195 at the same level in a game against Burwell.
His brother, Simon, marked his first Saturday outing for more than a year with figures of 3-0 at Nassington, while overseas ace Parth Patel took 3-12.
Wisbech go to promoted, but winless, side St Ives on Saturday.
Freear completed a fabulous weekend with another crucial contribution last Sunday.
He thumped a last-ball six to earn his table-topping side a dramatic Rutland League Division One triumph at Oundle.
Wisbech triumphed by two wickets as they eclipsed their hosts’ tally of 272-5 despite needing a dozen from the final over.
They took seven runs from the first five balls before Freear launched spinner Jack Bolsover’s final delivery out of the ground.
Skipper Danny Haynes (91) and Dan Oldfield (46) kept Wisbech in contention before Freear finished the job. Sam Rippington earlier took 3-38.
Wisbech host Ufford Park this Sunday in the opening round of the John Wilcox Trophy.
Wisbech 2nds made a winning start to the Cambs Senior League season last Saturday.
Shane Sleath’s men recorded a three-wicket success against Fordham in Division One.
Kieran Haynes took 3-34 as they restricted the visitors to 194-8 and they passed that tally with six balls to spare as Lyndon Mallett (28no) guided them to success. Danny Emmington top-scored with 38.
The club’s 4ths also got off to a pleasing start with a 71-run verdict against Wimblington 2nds in Division Five North of the Cambs Junior League.
Kevin Shippey (51) and Tom Buck (45) were the biggest contributors to a Wisbech tally of 231-7 with Wimblington 2nds restricted to 160-4 in reply.
There was no joy for Wisbech 3rds in their Cambs Junior League curtain-raiser.
They suffered a nine-wicket drubbing at the hands of Cambridge St Giles 2nds in Division Two North after being dismissed for just 116.
Leverington also made a losing start at that level although it was a much closer affair against Cambridge NCI 2nds.
The villagers finished on 157-7 - six runs short of the visitors’ posting of 163-9.
Leverington bowlers Ian Cooper and Matt Footman took three wickets apiece before Mark Buttriss (59) hit a half-century.
Terrington St Clement went down to Sutton by six wickets in Division One North.
An unbeaten 67 from tail-ender Andrew Thompson helped the locals to 160, but it wasn’t enough despite the same man taking 3-43.