Poor batting dooms side to defeats

PUBLISHED: 11:55 11 August 2006 | UPDATED: 22:02 28 May 2010

John Mallet picked up five wickets for the third consecutive week and, with the support of Dave Lemoir

John Mallet picked up five wickets for the third consecutive week and, with the support of Dave Lemoir

A POOR batting display from the Wisbech first team proved to be their undoing as they suffered defeat at Kimbolton on Saturday. Following a string of Tucker Division One draws, Wisbech would have been searching for the points and a good performance but it

Wisbech III secured a victory that keeps their promotion hopes alive - Pics: Brian Purdy

A POOR batting display from the Wisbech first team proved to be their undoing as they suffered defeat at Kimbolton on Saturday.

Following a string of Tucker Division One draws, Wisbech would have been searching for the points and a good performance but it was not to be.

Batting first, the visitors failed to put the pressure on their opponents and Simon Freear was the top scorer with 34. Only five players made double figures as Wisbech struggled to 149 all out from 41.5 overs.

A couple of early wickets from James Williams (2-46) gave Wisbech a glimmer of hope but an innings of 76 from Kimbolton opener Harsbroek proved decisive as the home side reached their target with seven wickets standing.

The weekend didn't get any better for the first team, who also lost their Rutland Division Two match at Nassington on Sunday.

There were very good spells of bowling from Charles Baxter (3-24), James Williams (2-33), Henry Rosier (2-41) and Craig Johnson (2-54) but the home batsmen put in a dogged performance to score 225-9 from their 45 overs.

Things looked good for the visitors when Tom Coates (41) and James Williams (64) settled in to their batting. However, their dismissals led to a collapse and Wisbech were eventually bowled out for 198 after 41.3 overs.

The young Wisbech second team showed how things should be done with an excellent Fenland Trophy victory at Upwood on Sunday.

Two superb innings from Sam Darlow (78) and Sam Albutt (96) saw the visitors put on 228 for the second wicket and propel them to a total of 271-7 from 45 overs.

The game then became dominated by 14-year-old Wisbech bowler Lyndon Waters, who took two early wickets. Upwood hit back thanks to Matt Page's 101 but once his wicket fell to Waters, Wisbech didn't look back.

The home side collapsed from 195-5 to 203 all out as Waters embarked on an onslaught and finished with brilliant figures of 6-13.

Another superb bowling performance gave Wisbech III a home victory against Holt in West Norfolk Division Four and puts them in with a shout of promotion.

Second placed Holt had no answer to the Wisbech bowling attack and for the third consecutive week, John Mallett took a five-wicket haul.

Only two home batsmen made it in to double figures as Mallett (5-22), Matthew Duff (2-0) and Dave Lemoir (2-28) helped to dismiss Holt for just 71 from 24.4 overs.

It took Wisbech only 17.2 overs to reach their target thanks to Robert Williams (32 not out) and Martin Parrin (23).

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