CRICKET: Wisbech’s title hopes take another hit with Foxton defeat
Wisbech suffered a second successive Cambs & Hunts Premier League defeat last Saturday.
Gary Freear’s men fell to a 51-run reverse at the hands of reigning Whiting & Partners Division One champions Foxton at Harecroft Road.
Wisbech, who were beaten by runaway leaders Ketton the previous weekend, were dismissed for 185 as they chased the visitors’ posting of 236, with Freear left to reflect on dropped catches and another controversial umpiring decision going against his team
Wisbech let opportunities slip to snare Foxton’s top two scorers – Adam Webster (88) and Craig Park (72) – who put on a 126-run third-wicket partnership which ultimately proved crucial.
Wisbech were then making decent progress in reply until suffering a batting collapse which saw their final seven wickets fall for the addition of just 36 runs.
That was sparked by a debatable lbw decision against overseas ace Parth Patel, who was sent back to the pavilion for 31 at a time when the locals were threatening to get on top.
Freear, who top-scored with 77, soon followed as his side came up short.
“We maybe let Foxton get a few too many, but I felt their score was well within reach,” said Freear.
“We didn’t bat well enough in all honesty and we weren’t helped by having a big decision go against us again.
“Parth was given out lbw when he clearly hit the ball. It was a shocker in all honesty at a time when we were just gaining momentum and getting on top of the game.
“That knocked us out of our stride. Wickets tumbled after that and we ended up well short of where we needed to be.”
Wisbech host Nassington this Saturday, 12.30pm, as they bid to get back to winning ways.
Wisbech’s bid for a first Rutland League Division One title glory received a double-boost last Sunday.
While they chased down a Peterborough Town total of 219 to record a one-wicket win with three balls to spare, closest challengers Ketton were slipping up at Grantham.
An unbeaten 59 from Patel carried Wisbech to victory with captain Dom Stannard (47) and Ali Anthony (31) also contributing solidly.
Wisbech entertain Barnack in a John Wilcox Trophy semi-final this Sunday, 1pm.
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