TURNING POINT: Spin-twins skittle Saints for 47 to clinch memorable Wisbech victory
CAPTAIN Gary Freear has challenged his team to turn their season around after Wisbech spun themselves to an incredible victory on Saturday - bowling St Ives out for just 47.
Struggling Wisbech were left staring down the barrel of another defeat after they were bowled out for a modest 145 at Harecroft Road.
But Freear (5-23) joined forces with fellow spinner Craig Johnson (5-21) to destroy Saints’ sorry batting line-up and secure Wisbech’s biggest result of the season so far.
“We hope this will be a turning point in our season,” said Freear, who also scored 26 runs and held a vital catch in Saturday’s triumph. “It was probably the most satisfying result we’ve had and it was nice to get a win and some confidence.
“It was weird because sometimes you get bowled out for a low score like that and you think you’ve got no hope. But on Saturday we felt we had a chance.
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“The whole league doesn’t play spin very well. We knew if we put some pressure on their batsmen that we could win and thankfully that happened.
“We got out of jail with our bowling performance. We have bowled sides out all year, but it’s our batting that’s been the problem.”
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The memorable win lifts Wisbech 43 points clear of the Tucker Gardner Premier Division relegation zone - and Freear insisted that his team were determined to climb the table in the second half of the season.
“The spirit is good and that’s never been a problem,” he said. “I would like to think we will finish mid-table.
“I hope this win sends a bit of a message to the league. We know we are better than the table shows at the moment.”