Cricket preview - Fenmen title chances are written off by Rams’ skipper

Dave Stratton has moved from Yaxley to Newborough.
Dave Stratton has moved from Yaxley to Newborough.

Ramsey skipper Taylor West has fanned the local flames ahead of the Cambs League season by declaring that Wisbech won’t be Division One title contenders.

The Rams and The Fenmen had a summer-long ding-dong battle for top spot last year which the former won with the champions of 2013 eventually fading into third place behind Godmanchester.

West reckons Goddy will again be big challengers as will Foxton, a club who tend to recruit well, but he’s dismissive of Wisbech’s chances.

“I just think they’ll miss Alan Burton too much,” West said. “He was a big player for them and a very good captain.”

Burton, the most nomadic of cricketers, is staying in New Zealand after spending the winter there.

Gary Freear is back at the Wisbech helm. The Harecroft Road legend did a nine-year stint as skipper before handing over to James Williams and then Burton.

Freear said: “I needed a break from captaincy and now I’m raring to go again.

“We will miss Alan’s runs, but we have good younger players ready to make the step up. I’m confident we will be there or thereabouts.”

March Town have also re-appointed a former captain in Jody Betts. He skippered March to their first-ever Division One crown in 2004, but admits there won’t be an immediate repeat of that feat.

March have lost talented Aussies Steve Seymour and Steve Shaw from last season’s mid-table squad.

Nassington have lost pro Tariq Aziz to Godmanchester, but gained a Kiwi all-rounder in Ryan Duffy.

In Division Two Newborough are under the captaincy of veteran seamer Ali Greenwood and they have signed Yaxley pair Stuart Brown and Dave Stratton.