Freear’s career-best fires Fenmen to the top

Gary Freear returned career-best figures of 7-25 for Wisbech at Nassington.
Gary Freear returned career-best figures of 7-25 for Wisbech at Nassington.
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Gary Freear bowled Wisbech to the top of Cambs Division One yesterday (June 27).

The long-serving club legend returned career-best figures of 7-25 from nine overs to seal a 24-run win at Nassington. Freear took full advantage of a wicket fast-gaining a reputation for excessive turn.

Nassington were 64-1 chasing 132 before Freear took charge with a spell that included a run of three wickets in four balls. Opener Dan Robinson (47) was the key wicket.

Wisbech also suffered a batting collapse as they reached 72-1 thanks to the efforts of Sam Albutt (35) and Josh Bowers (31). Freear, batting down the order because of a sore heel also made a vital 31, while 15 year-old slow bowler Harrison Craig (4-30) maintained his excellent form for Nassington.

Wisbech are now top by two points as previous leaders Godmanchester failed to beat Histon.

Reigning champions Ramsey are third after winning a thiller by one wicket at home to Waresley.

Ramsey chased down Waresley’s 230 after a nail-biting last stand of 11 between David Carlaw (22no) and Oliver Verrall, whose only scoring shot was a six. Earlier returning captain Taylor West cracked 89 after recovering from a knee injury, while Michael Cafferkey contributed 42). Joe Barningham claimed 5-36 in the Waresley innings.

Ketton won by eight wickets at Foxton which was a surprise to captain Rob Vitas,

“I have never been on the winning side against Foxton in all my years at Castor and Ketton. In fact this was the first time I can remember my side reaching 100.”

Ketton actually breezed past Foxton’s 189-7 after useful contributions from Rob Woolley (61), Ben Bryant (54no), Josh Gallimore (32) and Ulrich Van Duyker (28). Van Duyker (4-31) also bowled well.

March lost their mid-season relegation battle at home to bottom club Saffron Walden seconds, but remain just outside the bottom two. The visitors escaped from 73-6 to 157 all out and March always struggled in reply despite opener David Hodson’s flamboyant start of 25 (two sixes, two fours) from 11 balls.

Newborough won the Division Two derby at Khalsa by eight wickets, a result that has left the Woodlands-based side in the bottom two.

Kirpal Singh’s 55 was the major contribution to Khalsa’s 143, but Greg Rowland’s unbeaten 59 saw Newborough home with plenty in hand. Robbie Trickett (4-18) was Newborough’s other star man.

SCORES

Division One

FOXTON lost to KETTON by 8 wkts

Foxton 189-7 (C. Sanderson 75no, U. Van Duyker 4-31, M. Milner 2-56).

Ketton 192-2 (R. Woolley 61, B. Bryant 54no, J. Gallimore 32, U. Van Duyker 28no).

MARCH lost to SAFFRON WALDEN 2nds by 16 runs

Saffron Walden 157 (S. Hill 62, C. Young 3-42, J. Harradine 2-16, A. Vodnala 2-32, T. Phillips 2-42).

March 141 (D. Hodson 25, T. Nulty 25, S. Larsen 4-27, J. Sneath 3-62).

NASSINGTON lost to WISBECH by 24 runs

Wisbech 132 (S. Albutt 35, J. Bowers 31, G. Freear 31, H. Craig 4-32, K. Ikhlaq 3-17).

Nassington 108 (D. Robinson 47, G. Freear 7-25, T. Meyrick 2-37).

RAMSEY beat WARESLEY by 1 wkt

Waresley 230 (T. Griffiths 67, S. Donald 43, J. Allcock 41, J. Barningham 5-36, D. Carlaw 2-43, T. Goers 2-51).

Ramsey 233-9 (T. West 89, M. Cafferkey 42, D. Carlaw 22, J. Markland 21).

Division Two

KHALSA lost to NEWBOROUGH by 8 wkts

Khalsa 143 (K. Singh 55, R. Trickett 4-18, A. Rowland 2-5, A. Greenwood 2-28).

Newborough 144-2 (G. Rowland 59no, S. McCracken 40, A. Rowland 21).