Wisbech put leaders Ramsey to the sword but seconds suffer first setback of season

Ramsey v Wisbech cricket. Picture: Steve Williams.

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

Wisbech Town captain Gary Freear has sent out a warning to the rest of the league after his side put Tucker Gardner league leaders Ramsey to the sword.

Freear says, despite the 62-run win at the home of their title rivals, his side has “nowhere near reached top form”.

Wisbech batted first and found themselves in trouble at 56-4 before Freear (65) played a captain’s innings to get them up to 165. Opener Sam Albutt (36) was the other main contributor.

Wisbech’s opening bowlers did the damage - Sam Rippington, against his former club, was on fire, taking 4-20, while Paul Edgeller picked up 2-31.

The hosts never recovered from being 22-5 and crumbled to 103 all out. Tom Meyrick (2-12) and Freear (1-10) also struck.

Freear said: “It was a fantastic performance. The wicket was not the best, and we probably ended up a little bit short of where we hoped to be, but we knew 160 meant we were in the game.

“Sam Albutt batted very well and I came in down the order and managed to get a few runs.

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“Sam Rippington and Paul Edgeller really set the tone with the ball. To have them five down for 22 was fantastic. You always backed us to win from there.

“Ramsey were pretty disrespectful at the start of the season so it was nice to get the win and rub it in. All the other sides said we were going to be there or thereabouts. If we win our game in hand on Ramsey we’ll go top.

“We’ve proved we are good enough - and we can still improve. We’ve nowhere near reached top form.”

Up next for Wisbech is a home derby clash with strugglers March Town, who have lost six of their seven games this campaign. However, Freear expects a “very tough” game.

He said: “I remember some years ago when March were top of the league and we were struggling and we’d always raise our game for the derby.

“We are not expecting anything other than a really tough game. They have some match-winners and we’ll have to be at our best to win.”

Wisbech seconds unbeaten start to the season came to an end with a three wicket loss against Hardwick and Caldecote in CCA Senior Division League Two.

Dom Stannard top scored with 33, while several other batsmen made starts, but no one could post a telling score in Wisbech II’s 163-6.

In reply, Jamier Gollands took 4-33 but Hardwick and Caldecote knocked off the runs.

Wisbech IV beat Milton III by 12 runs in CCA Junior League 6N. Wisbech IV posted 180-9 in 40 overs. Milton were restricted to 168-7.