Wisbech Cricket Club’s title challenge bolstered by signing of fast bowler from nearest rivals

Craig Johnson, Wisbech Town CC

Craig Johnson, Wisbech Town CC - Credit: Archant

CAPTAIN Alan Burton led by example with a century as Wisbech crushed St Ives by 140 runs on Saturday.

The skipper compiled 110 as Wisbech made 245-7 before Craig Johnson’s 5-23 restricted St Ives to 105 all out.

With Ramsey slipping up against Nassington, Wisbech increased their lead at the top of the Tucker Gardner League to 14 points ahead of their visit to Sawston on Saturday.

He said: “It was good to come out and show our defeat against Godmanchester was just a blip.

“It does not matter who gets the runs as long as someone stands up and gets them.

“Every game is a tough game as you get towards the end of the season but we are a strong side when we play with the right attitude.”

The next couple of weekends could be pivotal in deciding this year’s league winners.

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Wisbech’s two nearest title rivals, Ramsey and Foxton, play eachother on Saturday, with Wisbech welcoming Foxton to Harecroft Road next weekend.

He said: “It will be interesting to see how Ramsey approach the Foxton game because they were quite negative against us, playing for a draw.”

Wisbech’s already impressive bowling resources have been bolstered by the signing of fast left arm seamer Sam Rippington from Ramsey.

Rippington impressed in his first Wisbech appearance against St Ives, picking up 1-28 in seven overs.

Burton said: “Sam (Rippington) was not very happy at Ramsey and was not bowling a lot of overs.

“We had discussed him joining the club next season but he fell out with the other players so he transferred to us last week.

“He’s a very talented cricketer and we hope we can help him to develop.”