Century heroes drive Stamford’s promotion push

Cricket action from Ketton v Stamford Town 2nds - Will Bird bowls to Simon Lem'Photo: MSMP210713-160js
Cricket action from Ketton v Stamford Town 2nds - Will Bird bowls to Simon Lem'Photo: MSMP210713-160js
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Stamford Town batsmen Liam Davé and Neil Williams kept up their impressive form, both hitting sparkling centuries in their respective South Lincs and Border fixtures at the weekend.

Both struck a ton to help the first and second teams to convincing wins, consolidating their positions just behing the leaders in the Premier and First Division.

The first team posted a challenging 281 for 7, mainly due to the heroics of Davé, who made this third century of the season, and Zach Chappell, who struck yet another half century for Town.

Davé amassed 108, and Chappell 54, although Stamford were helped by Lindum 2nds bowlers, who conceded 57 extras along the way. Town then sliced through the visitors batting in double quick time with Steve Armstrong spinning his way to another five-wicket haul, finishing with superb figures of 5 for 26. Bill Hall picking up three wickets in another high-class effort and teenager Alex Birch finishing off the demolition job with the final two wickets for an Englandesque 174 run hammering.

The seconds, playing a day later, at home to Moulton Harrox Sunday, also batted their opposition out of the game with their 237 for 7 centred around Neil Williams’ second hundred in as many games against the same opposition. He hit 14 fours and 3 huge maximums in his 118, and shared a 72 run opening stand with Colin Nottage, who looked good for his 25, and a 94 run partnership with Phil Holland, whose contribution was 23. Again extras were prominent from Moulton’s bowlers with 44 in total.

In reply the visitors crawled along to 142 for 7 from their 45 overs, content to bat out the overs. Richard Dytham took 2 for 22 from his 12 overs, continuing his fine recent, and Phil Holland (2 for 18) and Joe Morley (1 for 8) also impressed in a 95-run victory.

In the Rutland League’s third division, Stamford Seconds had an equally decisive win at local rivals Ketton, winning by 178 runs.

Town posted 255 for 8 in their 45 overs with Alex Birch making his first senior half century, stroking 13 fours in his 64 and sharing a 120-run stand with Simon Lem, whose 54 included nine boundaries.

Dave Woolf (26), skipper Chris Bore (23) and Clive Simmons (20no) also enjoyed themselves, with Matt Bird and David McDonald taking two wickets each for the Rutlanders.

Stamford then bowled Ketton out for just 77 with all the bowlers taking a wicket, with Dave Roberts the pick with 3 for 25, along with Bill Hall 2 for 14, Tim Juggins 2 for 2 and James Ferrow 2 for 27, to push Stamford comfortably into a mid-table position in a very competitive league.