Cricket round-up: Wisbech keep title dream alive and Chatteris seal promotion in rain-hit weekend

CHATTERIS celebrate successive promotions in the rain, Wisbech keep their title dream alive and March duo hit their first centuries for the club.

• GARY Freear starred with bat and ball as Wisbech Town kept their Tucker Gardner Premier Division title hopes alive by demolishing Camden.

The all-rounder hit one of three Wisbech half centuries as they posted 259-5 at Harecroft Road. Openers Danny Haynes (67) and Sam Albutt (58) started the innings in style before Freear hit 53.

Rain left Camden chasing a revised total of 186 off 36 overs, with two wickets lost, but they folded for a miserable 33 all out as Freear (5-13) ripped through their batting line-up.

Freear sealed a magnificent weekend on Sunday as he smashed a century to inspire a 58-run victory over Kings Keys in Rutland Division Two.

The vice-captain (102 not out) and Jack Hastings (81 not out) helped Wisbech to 242-5 before Williams (3-26) helped dismiss Kings Keys for 184.

• RAIN failed to ruin Chatteris’ party on Saturday as they secured the points they needed for back-to-back promotions.

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Ant Palmer’s side will play their cricket in Cambs Senior Division One next season after Joe Menarry’s five-wicket haul helped them cement second place.

Menarry (5-47) was the chief destroyer as Girton folded for just 106 at Wenny Road.

Heavy rain meant Chatteris never got the chance to start their chase - but the ruthless bowling performance was enough to confirm promotion.

• AUSTRALIAN star Ryan Meyer enjoyed his most prolific weekend for March Town as he followed up a half-century on Saturday with a memorable 100 on Sunday.

The all-rounder hit 58 against Tucker Gardner Premier Division leaders Foxton on Saturday before a thunderstorm saw the game abandoned with March on 129-6.

But Meyer continued in the same vein against Market Overton on Sunday - and he found a batting ally in Carl Chapman. The duo smashed their first centuries for March in a 68-run Rutland Division One victory.

March were in trouble at 41-4 but Meyer (104) and Chapman (105) helped power them to 248-9 with a fifth-wicket stand of 176.

The Australian spinner then took three wickets for just three runs as Overton were dismissed for 180, with skipper Stuart Mills taking 4-30.

• SCORER Steve Gaskin was the unlikely hero for a depleted March II as they edged to a one-wicket win over Longstanton.

Batting at number 11, Gaskin managed to survive long enough for acting captain Nick Usher to hit the winning runs at the other end.

Longstanton had earlier been dismissed for 94, with Stuart Arnold taking 3-25.

• A CAPTAIN’S knock from Matt Esser failed to prevent Wisbech II from falling to a five-wicket defeat against Yelling.

Esser hit 57 in Wisbech’s 183-7 but a hefty 49 extras helped Yelling reach the total with eight balls to spare.

• HALF centuries from Cameron Brown and Liam Boxall helped Chatteris to an impressive 73-run victory over rivals March II on Monday.

Hosts Chatteris racked up 199-7 in their 40 overs as Jacob Gray returned figures of 2-11 for March. The visitors crumbled for 126 in reply, with Gray (24 not out) and Daniel Woods (22) the only batsmen to put up any resistance.

• TEENAGER Daniel Woods scored his third half century for March II’s Sunday side as they beat a depleted Wisbech III by 54 runs.

Woods (55) and Toby Nulty (39) helped March to 154, with Tim Chapman taking 4-20.

Wisbech were bowled out for just 102 in reply - with 14-year-old Tom Culshaw hitting an impressive 37. Matt Hubbard bagged 4-31 for March.

Wisbech also suffered a 92-run thrashing at the hands of Kimbolton & Catworth in Rutland Division Five on Sunday.

• ADRIAN Peck took two wickets and hit 38 but Wisbech III were thrashed by 149 runs against Sutton on Saturday.

• DAVID Haslegrave hit an impressive 62 for March III but their clash with Needingworth was abandoned at tea on Saturday.