GALLERY: Wisbech cruise to win over under-par March but Ramsey move a step closer to the title

13:03 02 September 2014

March v Wisbech cricket. Picture: Barry Giddings.

March v Wisbech cricket. Picture: Barry Giddings.

Barry Giddings

Wisbech Town romped to an eight wicket win over an under-par March Town at The Avenue on Saturday ... but their title hopes hang in the balance.

March batted first but had no answer to Wisbech’s bowlers and were dismissed for a disappointing 103 all out.

Sam Rippington took the key wickets of Steve Seymour, Stephen Shaw and David Hodson in a spell of 3-28.

Only Tommy Howgego, who batted for most of the innings for a gritty 42, and James Harradine (25) provided real resistance.

Spinners Gary Freear (4-21) and Simon Freear (2-13) shared six wickets.

In reply, Seymour got Andrew Lane cheaply (11) but James Williams made a fluent 32.

Youngsters Danny Haynes (29 no), who opened the batting, and Matt Esser (24 no) helped Wisbech coast home in 29.1 overs.

March captain Chris Ringham said he was disappointed in his side’s lack of fight.

He said: “Wisbech are a good team but we didn’t perform well. You expect the players to be up for a local derby but there was a lack of fight, which was disappointing.

“I told the players after the game I will not accept another performance like that against Waresley (on Saturday)”

With two games to go Wisbech, who host Camden on Saturday, are fourth in the Tucker Gardener League.

They are within 11 points of second place Sawston and four points off third place Godmanchester Town but Ramsey have amassed a 34 point lead.

If Ramsey beat Warboys on Saturday, they will be too far ahead for Wisbech to catch so only pride will be at stake in the two sides’ final day clash.

Burton said: “We can’t change the past (Wisbech had lost their two previous games) but we can be optimistic about the future.

“All the pressure is on Ramsey. If they slip up we are back in it. If the opportunity comes, we’ll take it. All we can do is have fun and see where we end up.”

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