Big gun Freear is on fire for Wis­bech

CRICKET: Strange rules al­low Nass­ing­ton to con­jure up an easy vic­tory

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup - by ALAN SWANN

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.

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