Big gun Freear is on fire for Wisbech
CRICKET: Strange rules allow Nassington to conjure up an easy victory
THE Wisbech big guns fired impressively to keep their side in the Cambs Division One title race.
None more so than Gary Freear who hammered an unbeaten 142 off just 118 balls to help his side to a seven-wicket win over Foxton at Harecroft Road.
Freear reached his ton after just 84 balls and struck 18 fours and four sixes as Wisbech made light work of their visitors’ total of 230.
He was joined in his work by skipper James Williams who contributed 62 to a third-wicket stand of 176 before falling just before the win was completed.
The pair also took five of the 10 Foxton wickets to fall, although slow left armer Craig Johnson captured dangerman Laurence Farnham, a high-class West Indian, soon after he’d reached three figures.
Wisbech remain second behind Camden, but there is a big gap to the rest as third-placed Khalsa suffered a narrow defeat at Ramsey.
Ramsey’s openers Damien Clarke (64) and Andrew Stewart (56) put on 151 for the first wicket after Khalsa had invited them to bat. Dave Carlaw added an undefeated 40 as the home side declared on 225-6 in 43 overs.
And it proved the perfect declaration as Khalsa were dismissed for 221 with 11 balls to spare despite a late rally from all-rounder Kamran Humayun (66) and Mannavair Singh (33).
Martin Edwards conceded 103 runs from his 16 overs, but crucially bagged five wickets. Tanvir Afzal (4-41) bowled best for Khalsa.
Rain affected several matches enabling some strange rules to kick in.
Nassington’s original victory target of 152 against Granta seconds was reduced to 93 and they promptly cruised to a nine-wicket victory.
But March were set a victory target in excess of 300 even though Godmanchester declared on 259-3! When matches are interrupted by the weather a complicated formula which would test the minds of Duckworth and Lewis comes into play.
Godmanchester also only had to take eight wickets to claim the win so not surprisingly March settled for a draw at 156-5. Even less surprisingly prolific Aussie Matt Wilcox guided them there with an unbeaten ton.
Creative captaincy from Jon Potter saw leg-spinner Mohammed Haroon open the bowling for Nassington and he responded with an excellent spell of 5-61. Another leggie Harry Chappell collected three wickets before cracking 44 not out.
In Division Two Barnack’s plight at the bottom of the table worsened after a 139-run derby drubbing at Yaxley.
The home side’s skipper Stuart Brown was again in imperious form making 101 not out in Yaxley’s 272-6. Dave Stratton (58) and Pete Bradshaw (47) also impressed.
Rob Clarke (5-25) then bowled superbly as Barnack were shot out for 133 despite the best efforts of Adam Scotcher (65). Brown chipped in with 3-25.
Castor eased their own relegation troubles by battling to a winning draw at Bluntisham. Luke Broekman (58) and Ashley Rodgers (46) gave Castor a fine start, but a middle order collapse meant they were indebted to a ninth wicket stand of 70 between James Fountain (50) and Ian ‘Buck’ Rodgers (21) for a final total of 197.
Bluntisham closed on 177-8 and struggled throughout against the pace of new Castor recruit Vamshi who took 5-53.