Skipper Jamie Dumford struck a captain’s innings as Uppingham won at Shepshed to maintain their push for promotion.
Town won by four wickets to pick up 23 points and stay in second spot in division four of the Leicestershire League.
It remains tight at the top with five teams all holding realistic hopes of going up and Uppingham, travelling with several regulars injured or unavailable, knew that nothing but a win would be enough to keep the pressure on the leaders.
Dumford won the toss and put Shepshed into bat with Danny Dumford and Patrick Latham opening the attack. Both bowled in good areas but without luck and a couple of dropped catches off Dumford’s bowling.
It was Colan Bartram who made the breakthrough, claiming two wickets in two balls. He went on to finish with 4 for 26 from 11 overs.
At the other end, Latham gave little away with superb figures of 0 for 22 from 16 overs which included 5 maidens.
Spin was introduced in the shape of Scott Green and Charles Richardson and Green picked up his first wicket with a superb delivery that turned past the outside edge and skipper Dumford did the rest by removing the bails sharply to get Green his first wicket.
Green finished with 2 for 10 from 6 overs as Shepshed finished on 148 for 8 from their 45 overs; probably 30 runs more than Shepshed should have been allowed.
Skipper Jamie promoted younger brother Danny to the top of the order to open with Jamie Richardson and the pair put on 37 for the first wicket. Richardson fell for 24, hitting a full toss straight to mid-on.
The skipper came to the crease, batting at 3 for the first time this season and alongside his brother put on 50 for the second wicket before Danny was out to a good catch to leave the score 87-2.
Wickets then fell quickly with Latham run out for a single, Tom Scott bowled for five, and Uppingham tottering at 113 for 4.
George Scott walked for just 2 runs and Town still needed 29 runs to win.
Bartram showed intent before skying a delivery to depart for 9 but as wickets fell around him, the skipper continued to tick the score board over and move his side closed to the target of 149.
Charles Richardson joined Dumford at the crease and they saw Uppingham home with two overs to go, Richardson hit the winning runs with a hook for four and Dumford finishing on 78 not out.
l Sam Wills hit 57 to save Oakham’s 1st XI from defeat away against Lutterworth 2nd XI in division three.
The hosts’ 231 for 5 in their 45 with Matt Osman taking 4 for 57.
Oakham’s reply stuttered to life with openers Albert Radford (7) and Will Stuart-Jones (4) dismissed early by the side that currently sits second in the table.
Wills then hit a patient 57 as Oakham held on for a draw with 124 for 9.