Cricket: skipper Rippington praises Gary Freear’s influence as Wisbech Town close in on league leaders
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Wisbech Town captain Sam Rippington has hailed the influence of Gary Freear after he helped fire his side to a fantastic fifth consecutive Tucker Gardner success last weekend.
Freear smashed his seventh half century of the season in Wisbech’s 17-run victory over Saffron Walden, and Rippington says his experience has been vital in Wisbech’s recent run of form which has catapulted them into second place in the league standings.
“It’s fantastic that Gary has found form and is scoring regular runs,” Rippington said.
“Not only does it put us in a better position to win games but he is such a huge member of the team and club.”
Josh Bowers smacked 81 and Freear added 52 as Wisbech posted 249 after their 50 overs, before skipper Rippington helped himself to four wickets for 44 runs as the Essex side were dismissed for 232.
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Former captain Freear has now hit a sensational average of 114 runs per game since July 1 and has already chalked up five centuries – matching his season best total – a purple patch that Rippington believes is beneficial for the whole squad.
“People can feed off Gary’s success” he said. “It also takes pressure off of some of the younger lads, allowing them to play with more freedom.”
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Wisbech now trail leaders Foxton by just 27 points, but their captain says he is focussing solely on their next game against Waresley rather than their league position.
He said: “All we can do is play our best cricket and see where we end up.
“I’m not overly worried about the table currently; we just need to keep winning and who knows.
“The atmosphere amongst the players is the best it’s been all year and we can gain confidence in our ability from each other.
“It’s been a good season so far and being captain has been a brilliant experience.”
Wisbech host mid-table Waresley tomorrow, before welcoming third-placed Ramsey to Fenland on August 27.