GALLERY: Wisbech Cricket Club seal title with win over March
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Wisbech celebrated their title win in style as they beat March by 58 runs at The Avenue on Saturday.
The visitors went in to their final Tucker Gardner League game of the season expecting to need to win to clinch the title.
But on the morning of the game they found out rivals Ramsey’s game with St Ives had been washed out, meaning the title was already theirs.
While the destination of the title had been decided, there was still plenty of pride at stake, particularly since March had upset Wisbech at Harecroft Road in June.
And March were desperate to end a disappointing season, which had seen them lose seven of their last eight games, on a high.
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Wisbech batted first on a green pitch and openers Gary Freear and Alan Burton gave them a solid start.
Freear was impressive, batting fluently in challenging conditions and punishing short balls with ease, while Burton grafted at the other end.
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They put on 62 before Callum Young, who took four wickets the previous week, bowled Burton for 10.
Young then dismissed Bowers in the same fashion and trapped Freear in front for 48.
Williams was Young’s fourth victim, caught off a leading edge for 11 to leave Wisbech 86-4.
Sam Rippington quickly came and went, holing out off Stuart Mills to mid-off as Wisbech found themselves 90-5.
Simon Freear and Dom Stannard looked to rebuild but Freear was bowled by Mills for 13 and Young cleaned up Stannard, sealing a five wicket haul.
Young was not done, bowling Jack Hastings for 5.
Wisbech were struggling on 134-8 but some lusty blows from Bradley Perrett, who made an unbeaten 26, pushed them towards a respectable score.
There was still time for Young to claim his seventh wicket, having Haynes caught for 7, before Burton declared with Wisbech on 154-9.
Young finished with outstanding figures of 7-41.
Since the game was delayed by 50 minutes due to a wet outfield, March were set 155 in 44 overs but they had to forfeit two wickets.
They effectively began at 0-2 and things did not get any better.
Rippington had David Hodson bowled for 3, Seymour edged Hastings to slip and Rippington cleaned up Josh Jackman to leave March 22-5.
Tyler Phillips and James Harradine put on 22 but Harradine was then bowled by Hastings.
Toby Nulty was stumped in Craig Johnson’s first over before Williams had Ben Pyle lbw without scoring.
When Phillips was caught at first slip off Johnson March were 65-9.
March stalwart John Gilson, 58, who was playing his last game for the first team, provided some entertainment with a defiant 25 before he was the last man to fall, stumped off Johnson, as March were all out for 96.
Wisbech celebrated a job well done and March put an unsatisfactory season to bed.