Cricket round-up: Free-scoring Wisbech toast unbeaten weekend while bowlers rescue Chatteris
THE bowlers came to the rescue to maintain Chatteris’ 100 per cent league record on Saturday, while free-scoring Wisbech won all six of their weekend fixtures.
WISBECH TOWN CRICKET CLUB
• WISBECH completed six magnificent victories at the weekend, with the first team racking up more than 600 runs in their two games.
James Williams’ side led the way with crushing wins over Nassington and Oakham as the club won all of their fixtures on Saturday and Sunday.
Gary Freear continued his sparkling form with the bat to help Wisbech gain ground on Tucker Gardner Premier Division league leaders Foxton on Saturday.
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Freear (104 not out), David Wood (61 not out), Sam Albutt (49) and Danny Emmington (44) flayed the Nassington attack to all parts, allowing Wisbech the luxury of declaring after 44 overs on 266-2.
The league strugglers never looked like reaching their target as Williams (3-18), Ben Allsop (2-12) and Zak Brown (2-27) helped dismiss them for 164.
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Williams was the hero with the bat on Sunday as he hit an incredible 160 in Wisbech’s hefty total of 340-3. Wood (81), Danny Haynes (46) and Zak Brown (32 not out) gave him good support.
Oakham mustered 166 all out in reply, with Freear (4-42) and Carl Pope (2-23) in the wickets.
• ALL-ROUND heroics from Matthew Parrin helped Wisbech II record comfortable victories over Balsham and Newborough.
Parrin took 4-29 and hit 47 not out in Wisbech’s seven-wicket victory over Balsham on Saturday. Lyndon Waters (3-18) and Sam Darlow (27) also impressed.
Parrin hit 47 more runs against Newborough on Sunday, with support from Fergus Brown (34 not out), Lawrence Twell (27), Nick Pack (23) and Paul Strickle (21).
Brown (3-5), Waters (3-33) and Craig Pack (3-31) finished the job with the ball.
• WISBECH III sealed a triumphant weekend for the club by powering to wins over Sutton and Witcham.
Harry Johnson (5-36) and Jason Esser (3-15) helped Wisbech dismiss Sutton for 112 on Saturday before Lawrence Twell (49 not out) and Richard Harnwell (17) steered them to a four-wicket win.
Witcham fell 20 runs short of Wisbech’s total of 169 on Sunday, with Tom Chapman (4-8) and Jamie Gollands (3-40) in the wickets.
Tim Chapman (52 not out), Gollands (28) and Rob Good (24) impressed with the bat.
MARCH TOWN CRICKET CLUB
• SEAMER Callum Young completed a dream weekend with the ball by inspiring a 13-run victory over Stamford on Sunday.
The 20-year-old bagged four wickets on Saturday to help the first team end their league losing run by beating Godmanchester.
But things got even better on Sunday as he took match-winning figures of 6-14 to rescue March.
Ryan Meyer’s 24 was the top score in March’s lowly 72 all out, but Young’s spell helped dismiss a shell-shocked Stamford for just 62.
• THREE wickets apiece for Josh Jackman and Toby Nulty helped March II see off Thriplow by five wickets.
The pair helped skittle the Cambs Senior Division One strugglers for 121 before David Hodson (39), David Haslegrave (29) and James Hilliard (26) secured the win.
• SCOTT Welcher’s innings proved the difference between victorious March III and their title rivals Needingworth on Saturday.
The wicket-keeper was dropped without scoring and went on to score 69 in a game which March won by 69 runs. Teenager Brett Tinnion (26) offered good support.
Off-spinner Stuart Fox (4-25) ensured Needingworth fell comfortably short of March’s total of 180.
CHATTERIS TOWN CRICKET CLUB
• TABLE-TOPPING Chatteris maintained their 100 per cent record in Cambs Senior Division Two - but they had their bowlers to thank.
Connor Cunningham (26), Anthony Bamford (26) and Pete Munns (23) got runs before Chatteris collapsed from 115-5 to 133 all out against Yelling.
But good spells from Munns (4-37), Bamford (3-31) and Andy Wool (2-13) maintained Chatteris’ unbeaten run as Yelling folded for 108.
• CHATTERIS II lost their first seven wickets for just 41 runs in a defeat to rivals Doddington.
Paul Foster (54 not out) and Kev Felton (37) led a revival to help Chatteris post 146 - but Doddington’s Jake Wenman inspired his side to victory.
The opener hit a solid 74 and, despite Felton’s spell of 4-35, Doddington got home with three wickets to spare.
• YOUNG spinner Harry Matthews took four wickets as Chatteris’ development side beat Wimblington in the Fenland Trophy on Sunday.
Matthews’ spell of 4-18 helped skittle Wimblington for 109 before Karl Anderson (27) guided Chatteris to victory with two wickets and seven overs to spare.
• TWO former March Town United goalkeepers impressed on the cricket field as the county’s over-60s side beat Leicestershire by 25 runs on Tuesday.
Carl Russell, who kept for the Hares during the Roy Banham era of the 1970s, took four catches while March IV’s Dennis Furnell, who played at the GER under Syd Garratt, scored 26 runs on debut.
Wisbech Town’s David LeMoir also took 1-13 off nine overs as the joint Cambs and Hunts side claimed victory in the Spitfire Over-60s County Championship.
The senior team will join forces with Norfolk when they host an Australian Over-60s touring side at Market Deeping on August 2.