Freear takes five for Wisbech as Ramsey are soundly beaten

Wisbech cricket. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech cricket. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech put Ramsey to the sword to keep themselves right in the Tucker Gardner league title battle.

Freear took 5-17 in 12 overs, with Kiwi spinner Tom Meyrick picking up 2-16, as Ramsey were dismissed for 132.

Danny Haynes got Wisbech’s chase off to a solid start with 38 before Meyrick came in and smacked 59 not out off 35 balls. His explosive innings contained five fours and five sixes.

Freear said: “When Ramsey were 84-2 we were thinking we would have to chase 160-170 on not the best wicket, which would not have been easy.

“But we were able to slow the scoring rate and, as they looked to push it up, wickets started to tumble.

“I’m more than happy with my figures. I usually go for runs when I get wickets. I didn’t here. It’s up there with the best I’ve batted all season.

“Tom Meyrick is a bit of a freak. He uses a wafer-thin bat and hits it miles. He’s been frustrated with himself for giving his wicket away but here he was more selective. Once he got going, the game was over.”

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With Godmanchester winning again, the gap between the leaders and Wisbech remains 18 points.

Up next for Wisbech is an away day at Fen rivals March Town, who are battling for survival. Godmanchester are at Ketton.

Freear said: “I’m sure March will give it absolutely everything. They should have beaten us at our place. We’ll expect them to be at full tilt.”

Wisbech II lost by two wickets to Old Leysians but remain top of CCA Senior Division II.

They batted first and made 200-5. Jason Esser (62), Dom Stannard (33) and Matt Esser (30) were in the runs.

Despite three wickets a piece for Tom Dunning (3-35) and Jack Hastings (3-60), the hosts got home.

With two games left, Wisbech are seven points ahead of Chippenham. Their final games are home to basement side Horseheath and away at Bluntisham.

Wisbech III lost by 48 runs to Fen neighbours Leverington. Simon Gilbert (30) and Andy Reid (27) were the main contributors in Leverington’s 157-9. Ali Anthony took 3-32.

Luke Wilson (4-24), Lee Cooper (3-19) and John Gill (2-31) did the damage as Wisbech III were skittled out for 109.

Wisbech IV lost to Histon III by 86 runs. Histon III batted first and posted 235-6. Wisbech IV, in reply, were bowled out for 149.