Wisbech Cricket Club suffer East Anglian Premier League play-off final heartbreak

EAPL play off between Norwich ( batting ) and Wisbech. Photo: Steve Adams

EAPL play off between Norwich ( batting ) and Wisbech. Photo: Steve Adams

Wisbech Cricket Club’s amazing season ended in heartbreak with a six wicket loss to Norwich in the East Anglian Premier League play-off final.

The Tucker Gardner League and Jaidka Cup champions travelled to Postwick aware they were one win away from history but, despite a spirited performance, came up short against their impressive opponents.

Wisbech batted first and made steady progress with captain Alan Burton top-scoring with 52.

But Norwich took wickets at regular intervals and Wisbech had to settle for 187 all out.

In reply, Norwich started well but spinners Criag Johnson (2-45) and Gary Freear (1-33) hauled Wisbech back into the game.

But Sanjay Mishra’s unbeaten 69 proved the difference as Norwich reached the target with more than seven overs to spare.

Burton said: “We’ve worked really hard all season. The goal at the start of the year was to get promoted, so we’re gutted.

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“The boys have got their heads down but we’ve got to remember it’s been a bloody good year. It’s the first time the club’s ever won the league.

“It’s gutting to come so close but there are a lot of positives. We’ll be back next year.”

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