Wisbech back on top of the Tucker Gardner League after crushing Waresley win

PUBLISHED: 12:20 15 July 2014 | UPDATED: 17:14 15 July 2014

Sam Rippington. Picture: Steve Williams.

Sam Rippington. Picture: Steve Williams.

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Wisbech Town are back in a position they are accustomed to ... top of the league.

They made it eight games unbeaten with a thumping 127 run win at Warboys on Saturday.

Wisbech leapfrogged rivals Godmanchester and Sawston, who played out a draw, and Ramsey, who beat March.

With nine games to go and only 14 points separating leaders Wisbech and fourth place Ramsey, it looks like it will be a thrilling tussle for the Tucker Gardner title.

Captain Alan Burton said: “There is more competition this year so it was always going to be a bit closer and tougher than last year. It’s good to be back in the driving seat.”

Wisbech’s win over Warboys was built on a solid batting effort. No one reached 50 but most of the top order chipped in with decent contributions - Andrew Lane made 46 and Danny Haynes made 42 - as Wisbech posted 231-6.

In reply, captain Alan Burton took three early wickets (3-32) before Sam Rippington produced a devastating spell of bowling to finish with 6-37.

Burton said: “There was a bit of turn in the wicket, which suited me. Sam bowled really well. He is aggressive and when he is right on his game he is one of the best bowlers in the league.”

Wisbech host title rivals Sawston at Harecroft Road on Saturday, with Godmanchester hosting Nassington and Ramsey in action at Waresley.

Burton is confident his side’s positive approach will make the difference against a side that beat them earlier this season.

He said: “Sawston play very negative cricket and it is their own fault they are not top of the league (Sawston played out a draw with Godmanchester despite only needing 149 from 48 overs).

“We play positive cricket and will take the game to them. Our loss to them earlier this season was just a glitch and I have every confidence we will win.

“We are stronger on paper - we just need to perform and hope it doesn’t rain.”

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