Williams delivers great all-round performance to help Wisbech Cricket Club pick up another win

Alan Burton plays and misses

Alan Burton plays and misses - Credit: Archant

AN outstanding individual performance from James Williams helped Wisbech Town Cricket Club climb to the top of the Tucker Gardner League with a 51 run win over Sawston CC on Saturday.

Sam Albutt gets to the pitch of a full ball

Sam Albutt gets to the pitch of a full ball - Credit: Archant

The all-rounder made a vital 52 in Wisbech’s total of 162 before grabbing 5-36 as Sawston CC were skittled out for 111.

The club has leap-frogged previous league leaders March CC, who went down to a surprise 59 run defeat against Castor CC.

Burton said: “Williams was outstanding. It was not an easy pitch to score on but he came in during the middle overs, knocked the ball around and ran hard before playing some shots at the end.

“He showed his experience and demonstrated how much he has developed as a cricketer.

“With the ball, he took a wicket in his first spell and finished the job at the end.”

Wisbech batted first and make a shaky start, losing Burton, Sam Albutt and Josh Bowers cheaply.

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Gary Freear helped rebuild to innings with 39 before Williams’ crucial half century gave the bowlers something to defend.

Wisbech’s bowlers were outstanding, with overseas star Bradley Perrett ripping through the Sawston top order.

Perrett took 4-39 and Craig Johnson grabbed an important breakthrough before Williams cleaned up the tail.

Burton said: “I think we have one of the best bowling attacks in the league, definitely the one with the most variety.

“We are quite an aggressive bowling unit and Perrett’s extra pace is always a handful.

“We have three good seamers and good spin options as well. But the important thing is that we are backing them up well in the field and taking our catches.”

Wisbech is next in action tomorrow away at Foxton CC.