CRICKET: Wisbech skipper Gary Freear targets 1,000 runs after notching third century in Fen derby victory

PUBLISHED: 10:34 16 June 2017

Gary Freear on his way to 109. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Gary Freear on his way to 109. PHOTO: Ian Carter

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Wisbech run-machine Gary Freear reckons a relaxed attitude is helping him rack up big numbers.

Skipper Freear hit a third century of the Cambs & Hunts Premier League season when helping his side to an emphatic Fenland derby triumph last Saturday.

Wisbech swept to a 163-run success at March in Whiting & Partners Division One as they piled up 287-8 before removing the hosts for just 124.

Freear contributed 109 of those runs to follow up an innings of 100 on the opening day of the season against Ramsey, and a magnificent unbeaten 190 at Nassington in May.

“I’ve got no idea where the form has come from to be honest,” said Freear, 35. “I’m certainly not in great condition physically.

“I’m not overly fit and I have a dodgy Achilles, but I just stay relaxed and try to play as positively as I can.

“I’ve never scored 1,000 runs in a season in this league and that’s my personal goal. I’ve got close twice in the past and not quite made it, but I’m already past 500 after just over a third of this season so can hopefully get there.

“But the main thing is about helping the team win games and keeping ourselves in a position from where we can challenge.”

Former skipper Sam Albutt hit a first half-century of the summer with 56 at March. Opener Danny Haynes (40) and Jamie Gollands (31) were also solid contributors with the bat for Wisbech.

And their bowlers then needed little more than half of the 50 available overs in which to dismiss their hosts. Parth Patel (3-15), Simon Freear (3-16) and Kieran Haynes (3-30) excelled while Paul Edgeller bagged the other wicket.

Wisbech remain fifth in the standings ahead of a clash against third-placed Saffron Walden at Harecroft Rad tomorrow, 12.30pm.

Freear’s men then face back-to-back clashes against relegation battlers Histon before meeting the current top two, Ketton and Foxton, next month.

Wisbech were knocked off the Rutland League summit last Sunday, going down by 25 runs at Ketton in a top-of-the-table Division One clash.

Sam Rippington and Brodie Ellis both bagged three wickets as Wisbech restricted their hosts to 188-8, but they could only reach 163-9 in reply.

Wisbech are at Stamford on Sunday, 1pm.

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