Cox claims seven wickets as Uppingham march on

Mark Cox         Photo: neilpatersonphotography.com

Mark Cox Photo: neilpatersonphotography.com

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Uppingham remain hot on the tails of the leaders in division four of the Everards Leicestershire League after their fourth win in five matches.

Travelling with only 10 players to Countesthorpe, Jamie Dumford’s side won the toss and the skipper and his fellow opener, Martin Bennett, forged an impressive first wicket partnership.

Bennett (who was a late call up) hit an unbeaten 87 on a deceptively slow outfield that kept the scoring rate modest.

At 26 overs, Uppingham lost Dumford for a patient 40 but with the score on 93-1, the openers had set a decent platform.

Bennett then provided the anchor around which others could play their shots with David Fish swatting 35 off 31 balls. Sixteen-year-old Harry Butchart chipped in with 25 at more than a run a ball as Uppingham pushed the score to 203-7.

With bowling options limited, Billy Beaver opened the attack with Alex Ashwin. At 45-0 after 19 overs, Mark Cox was thrown in with his usual instant return, dismissing the dangerous Smith for 26 caught and bowled.

Scott Green bowled with guile and bagged the hosts’ other opener by tempting an injudicious shot and Cox then ripped through the Countesthorpe line up - including three wickets in one over.

The Uppingham all-rounder was unplayable and took seven wickets for only 22 runs from 13 overs.

Olly Carrick chipped in with 1 for 13 before Alex Ashwin (1-26) claimed the final wicket to wrap the victory.

Uppingham Town’s 2nd XI limited Loughborough Outwood 2nds to 146-8 in division eight, taking three early wickets for just 24 runs at Castle Hill on Saturday.

The home side made a decent start and had taken three Loughborough wickets for only 24 runs by the ninth over. With the bank holiday, a big Leicester Tigers game and forthcoming exams taking their toll on player availability, the bowling attack was below strength and Alan Lander was forced into an unexpected 18 over spell in which he took 3-30.

Lander was well supported by Harry Wade (13-1-57-2), Roger Dumford (9-2-38-2) and Joe Bennett (5-1-15-1) but Uppingham were unable to break a dogged Loughborough defense and the visitors finished on 146-8 to deprive Town from the chance of taking maximum points.

With three of Uppingham’s regular top order unavailable, Will Cropper was drafted in and hit a solid 30 after Andy Ashwin had gone for 10.

Batting at three in his first outing for the seconds of the season was Jack Salt, who played a sensible innings with an array of quality shots in a classy 50.

Young Ben Hubbard, another who was drafted in at the last minute, looks to have a big future at the club as he hit 13 before a minor collapse reduced Uppingham to 144-7.

Joe Bennett, also playing his first game of the season, calmly stroked the ball towards the mid-wicket boundary to secure the win and 23 points which moves the team up to second in the table.

M-o-M: Jack Salt.

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