Wis­bech slip up on a pud­ding of a pitch

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport -


A PUD­DING of a pitch wasn’t to the taste of the Wis­bech bats­men who man­aged to throw away a dom­i­nant po­si­tion on the way to a Cambs Di­vi­sion One de­feat at Fox­ton.

The home side were dis­missed for just 89 on a stodgy sur­face by seam­ers James Wil­liams (4-27), Jack Hast­ings (3-19) and Zac Brown (3-24) be­fore Brown (21) and Danny Haynes (17) saw Wis­bech to 50-1 in re­ply.

But Fox­ton’s new Aussie im­port An­drew Kealy didn’t give up. He pro­duced a fine spell of left-arm seam bowl­ing to re­turn fig­ures of 7-18 as Wis­bech slumped to 58-6 and then to 81 all-out to com­plete an eight-run re­verse.

There was a sim­i­lar fate for reign­ing cham­pi­ons Ram­sey at Saw­ston on a day to for­get for the area’s bats­men.

Mo­hammed Ha­roon, on his de­but, and Oliver Ver­rall each took three wick­ets as Saw­ston were skit­tled for 94.

But Ram­sey, de­spite 20 from teenage open­er­tay­lor West, found the go­ing even tougher as they slumped to 79 all out and a 15-run de­feat.

“The wicket wasn’t to blame,” ad­mit­ted Ram­sey skip­per Michael Caf­fer­key. “It was more to do with poor shot se­lec­tion.”

The Di­vi­sion One der­bies be­tween Cas­tor and March, and Khalsa and Nass­ing­ton, were can­celled with­out a ball be­ing bowled as were the Divi­siontwo matches in­volv­ing

New­bor­ough andyax­ley.

WIS­BECH­TOWN’S prepa­ra­tions for the new sea­son were hit by an ECB ban on the club’s Aussie im­port Adam Meads. The club were re­fused per­mis­sion to play the all­rounder while checks on his el­i­gi­bil­ity were con­ducted.

Meads has sub­se­quently picked up an in­jury which would have ruled him out for most of the sea­son any­way.

Wis­bech have no plans to hire a re­place­ment.

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