Wood off to tonderful start

PUBLISHED: 13:16 04 May 2007 | UPDATED: 20:01 01 June 2010

WISBECH I got their Tucker League Division One campaign under way on Saturday, and had to settle for a winning draw despite being in a commanding position at home to Kimbolton. The home team s top order batsmen smashed their opponents all around the field

WISBECH I got their Tucker League Division One campaign under way on Saturday, and had to settle for a winning draw despite being in a commanding position at home to Kimbolton.

The home team's top order batsmen smashed their opponents all around the field with David Wood hitting a fine 108, Simon Freear scoring 86 and Gary Freear 53 not out.

Their efforts guided Wisbech to a declaration on 309-5 but the visitors made no attempt at chasing down their target.

James Williams took 4-22 and despite the home bowlers having two overs to dismiss the final two batsmen, Kimbolton held out for 56 overs to score 165-8.

The weekend didn't get any better for the Wisbech first team who lost Sunday's Rutland League Division Two match at home to Castor.

This time, it was Castor who produced a good display from their opening batsmen but the Wisbech bowlers dug in and excellent figures of 4-23 from Craig Johnson restricted the visitors to a total of 211-5.

The home side got off to a solid start and James Williams' 65 and Simon Freear's 32 put them in with a good chance of victory.

Wisbech needed just 41 runs from their final 10 overs and had five wickets remaining, but they collapsed and ended their innings 11 runs short of their target.

Wisbech II also suffered defeat in their Hunts League Division Two match at Houghton and Wyton on Saturday.

The visitors were unable to get going with the bat and they struggled to 149 before they were dismissed after 37.5 overs.

The Wisbech bowlers made an immediate impression on the home side's batting order, but an innings of 52 not out from Wales proved decisive, and they reached their target after 43 overs and for the loss of five wickets.

The second team were able to put their disappointment behind them on Sunday when they recorded a good 30-run victory over local rivals Leverington in the Fenland Trophy.

There were good contributions throughout the Wisbech batting order but it was former Leverington player, James Sheppard (60) and Keith Jakings (28) who led the way to a total of 189 all out.

The home side made a valiant effort in reaching their target and David Pate (38), Marcus Bampton (28) and Ashley Bell (25) put them in a good position.

However, Jordan Trundle's bowling figures of 3-15 proved to be the difference between the teams and Leverington were dismissed for 159.

A weakened Wisbech III team suffered a disappointing home defeat to Thornham in their West Norfolk League Division Three match on Saturday.

The visitors made a fine start to their innings and reached 130 without loss, but Wisbech hit back and Bob Burgess (4-34) and Lyndon Waters (3-51) helped to limit Thornham to 197-8 from 45 overs.

It was a different story for the Wisbech batsmen, who slumped to 25-5. Ken Smart and Matt Duff both scored 31 as they attempted to get back into the match but the home side were eventually bowled out for 106 after 27.3 overs.

The newly-formed and young Wisbech IV side started their season with an encouraging win at Dereham III on Saturday.

The home side had no answer to the Wisbech bowlers and Joe Melton (3-18), Tom Bourne (3-24) and Oliver Brown (2-27) demolished Dereham's batting order and dismissed them for 116 after 34.4 overs.

Opener Melton then delivered with the bat to score 46 and with the support of Carl Pope (37), Wisbech cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket victory.

- LEVERINGTON made a poor start to their West Norfolk Division Two campaign on Saturday and seven dropped catches cost them dear at Sheringham.

The home side made a good start with the bat and they took advantage of Leverington's missed opportunities in the field.

A good partnership between Robert Bingham (3-36) and Syed Pervaiz (3-55) put the visitors back in the game and limited the home side to 197 all out.

But the visitors were never in the hunt after their top order slumped to 24-5. Kev Roberts (20), Pervaiz (17), Shaun Sleight (17) and Paul Thompson (16) rallied and despite the defeat, Leverington picked up seven valuable points.

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