Freear and Meyrick take four wickets each as Wisbech see off Foxton while unbeaten seconds hold nerve in thriller
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Wisbech captain Gary Freear hailed his side after they produced their best performance of the season to beat a fired-up Foxton by six wickets.
Shorn of senior players James Williams, Criag Johnson and Simon Freear, Wisbech produced an excellent bowling effort to dismiss Foxton for 112.
Paul Edgeller (2-29) and Sam Rippington (0-43) bowled well without much reward up front, then spin twins Freear (4-24) and Tom Meyrick (4-11) ripped through the Foxton batting lineup.
In reply, Sam Albutt led the way with 46, with Josh Bowers compiling a patient 29no, as Wisbech knocked off the runs in the 36th over.
The win sees Wisbech handily placed in 3rd in the Tucker Gardner league, hot on the heels of Ramsey and Godmanchester.
Up next on Saturday is a home game with strugglers Waresley.
Freear said: “It was definitely our most complete performance of the season, and to do it without experienced players such as James Williams, Craig Johnson and Simon Freear made it all the better.
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“In our first two games of the season we either batted or bowled well. Here, we put it all together.
“Paul and Sam bowled very good opening spells, which built pressure, and their batsmen tried to take the attack to Tom and I. That backfired.
“Sam and Josh really knuckled down and dug in on a difficult wicket against a Foxton side which used very aggressive tactics.
“Had we lost another wicket then we would have been right under the cosh so they were very important innings.”
Wisbech seconds held their nerve against Old Leysians at Harecroft Road on Saturday, winning by three runs.
Wisbech batted first and posted 165 all out, with Adam Hodgson (33), Danny Emmington (30) and captain Jamie Gollands (24) in the runs.
In reply, Old Leysians were restricted to 162-8 as Wisbech II made it three wins from three in CCA Senior Division 2 this campaign.
They only needed six runs of the last two overs, but Lyndon Mallett then bowled a maiden and Emmington held his nerve in the last over.
Gollands said: “They only needed 50 runs off the last 20 overs and six off the last two. We bowled and fielded brilliantly.
“It was a big show of character and keeps our momentum going. This is a game we would have lost in years gone past.”
But, in CCA Junior League 2N, Wisbech III lost by 66 runs at Fulbourn II.
Fulbourn II posted 240-8. Wisbech III replied with 174-9.