CRICKET: Marko still have a key role in final shakedown

Photo: MSMP020912-007ow'Uppingham Cricket Club v Bourne Cricket Club. Xanti Xipu bowling for Bourne.
Photo: MSMP020912-007ow'Uppingham Cricket Club v Bourne Cricket Club. Xanti Xipu bowling for Bourne.
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RELEGATED Market Overton can still have a big say on who finishes alongside them in the bottom two of the Rutland League's first division.

Marko are 37 points adrift of third-bottom Uppingham and certain to finish in the bottom two of the league’s top flight after a eight wicket defeat at the hands of Finedon Dolben on Sunday.

Marko’s final opponents, Stamford, are just one place higher in the table but have a game in hand of third-bottom Uppingham who are only 14 points clear of the Lincolnshire side.

Uppingham will hope Marko can discover some of their old magic in their final game of the season. But it has been a difficult summer for Marko who made 146 on Sunday but rarely challenged Finedon’s batsmen, who reached their target in just 23.2 overs with Greg Hofbauer hitting an unbeaten 86.

Fourth-bottom Barnack are safe despite a nine-wicket loss to league leaders Peterborough on Sunday.

Challenging the city side for the league title are Bourne, who did Uppingham no favours on Sunday.

It was Town’s 1st XI’s final home game of the season, and the Castle Hill side were hoping for a change of fortune as they sit close to the bottom pair.

Bourne won the toss and put Uppingham in to bat with Jamie Dumford (63 runs) and Adie Salt (12) giving town a good start of 35 for the first wicket.

But after the loss of Salt it was downhill as all other batsmen struggled against good fast bowling from Charlie Hopkins (3wkts for 28), Xanti Xipu (1 for 34 runs) and Robbie Gow Kleinschmidt (1 for 20).

Dumford batted superbly for Uppingham but after he lost his wicket with the score at 109 runs the last four wickets tumbled for just 31 runs.

Ben Stroud was the pick of the Bourne bowling with 4 for 21 runs, and the 23 extras were the second highest score for Uppingham, who were all out for 140 runs.

Bourne opened their innings with Conrad Louth (87no) and Pete Morgan (0) as Uppingham started well with 1 wicket for 2 runs and made the batsmen struggle to 53 for 1 at 20 overs.

But Bourne weathered the early bowling attack to romp home losing just the one wicket as they passed Uppingham’s score in the 37th over with Will Edwards (36no).

Colan Bartram (1 for 11) was Town’s only wicket taker. Uppingham’s final match is at third-placed Oundle on Sept 23.

Stamford subsided to a heavy defeat at Oundle, losing by 88 runs after being dismissed for just 138, chasing the home side’s 226 for 5.

Steve Armstrong was once again the pick of Stamford’s attack, taking 3 for 53 but the batting failed to ignite, as has been the case for most of this season, with only Simon Prentice (30) and Simon Lem (25) making any impression on Oundle’s bowling.

Stamford must win at least one of their two remaining matches if they are to overhaul Uppingham and retain their place in Division One.

Uppingham match sponsor: GB Welding Services.