Cricket round-up: Freear’s heroics in vain as Wisbech fall short of shock victory

WISBECH fell 42 runs short of spoiling the party of newly-crowned Tucker Gardner Premier Division champions Ramsey on Saturday - after a captain’s performance from Gary Freear.

The all-rounder took 3-56 and Kieran Haynes took 3-33 as Ramsey - who needed a maximum points win to secure the title - were dismissed for 153.

In reply, Wisbech’s top order were blown away - leaving victory for the visitors looking inevitable. But Freear, batting at number seven, led a miraculous comeback by smashing a spirited 67.

The skipper got support from fellow spinner Craig Johnson (11) but when they were dismissed Ramsey cruised to victory.

• WISBECH finished their Rutland League Division 2 campaign with an eight-wicket defeat to Ufford Park on Sunday.

Carl Pope (60), Drew Jones (45) and Zak Brown (43 not out) helped Wisbech post 234-8 from their 45 overs.

But, despite a wicket each for Jones and Brown, Ufford coasted to victory with more than two overs to spare.