Cricket round-up: Williams’ quickfire ton helps triumphant Wisbech Town ‘turn corner’
CAPTAIN James Williams smashed 138 from 112 balls to lead Wisbech Town to back-to-back league victories.
William’s unbeaten captain’s knock powered Wisbech to a 99-run victory over struggling Cambridge Granta II - continuing the club’s revival after a nightmare start to the season.
The all-rounder was well supported by David Wood (69 not out) as Wisbech declared on an impressive 238-4 at Harecroft Road on Saturday.
Granta struggled from the outset in reply, with Ben Allsop (5-24) and Gary Freear (3-50) ripping through the middle order to skittle them out for 139.
Williams said: “When we were 50-4 I was thinking ‘here we go again’ but then we had that partnership and declared.
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“We were buzzing after the win. The boys are starting to take wickets and score runs now and we’ve turned a corner. It just seems to have clicked as a team in the last few matches.
“The lads are enjoying their cricket again which is ideal as a few weeks ago we weren’t in a good place. I’m delighted with how we’ve responded.”
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Things got even better for the first team on Sunday, as Wood took his tally of runs for the weekend past 200 with a stunning century.
Wood (147 not out) and Simon Freear (102) smashed Wisbech to a mighty 335-2 in Rutland League Division Two.
Market Overton limped to 131 all out in reply with Brad Apted (3-18) and Dom Stannard (2-21) doing the damage.
• WISBECH II fell to a six-wicket defeat against Longstanton Grasshoppers on Saturday.
Adrian Clare (37 not out), Gavin Plume (34) and Danny Haynes (32) helped Wisbech post 193-4 but Longstanton reached their target for the loss of four wickets. Lyndon Waters took 2-57 for Wisbech.
On Sunday, Wisbech suffered a crushing 205-run defeat to Chatteris in the Fenland Trophy.
Muhammad Niaz took 3-30 but Mark Leach smashed 115 not out to help Chatteris post a massive 305-5 off their 40 overs. Nick Pack (20) and Niaz (16) made the only real contributions as Wisbech were shot out for 100 in reply.
• ADRIAN Peck was the hero as Wisbech III scraped to a nervy three-wicket win over Longstanton Grasshoppers II.
Peck took 4-8 as Wisbech rifled through Longstanton’s batting line-up, bowling them out for a lowly 93.
In reply, Wisbech looked in deep trouble at 46-7 but Peck (24 not out) and Jason Esser (14 not out) held their nerve to see them home.
• WISBECH IV suffered a dramatic collapse against Haddenham to lose by 39 runs.
Nick Drew took 4-15 as Haddenham managed just 90 all out. Wisbech looked to be coasting with openers James Sheppard (26) and Oliver Bell (15) setting the platform. But nobody else reached double figures as Wisbech folded for 51 all out.
• A BRUTAL knock of 119 in just 72 balls from Jacques Steynberg powered Leverington to the top of Cambs League Junior 2A.
Ricky Brown, Lee Peck and Aaron Cobb all took two wickets as Needingworth reached 184-7.
But Steynberg made short work of the total, crashing nine sixes in a match-winning unbeaten innings, which was well supported by James Dod (30).