CRICKET: Rally falls just short at Uppingham

A LATE rally from Uppingham's tail-enders couldn't prevent a defeat at Town's Castle Hill ground on Sunday.

Uppingham faced March without in-form spin bowler Ben Collins on a cold, damp day not ideal for good cricket.

A week earlier Collins had claimed six wickets at Marko and they missed his guile on Sunday as March raced off to a great start with both openers making half centuries.

March won the toss and decided to bat and Ryan Meyer (54 runs) and David Hodson (50) were helped along the way by several dropped catches.

The introduction of old-stager Colan Bartram (4 wickets for 42 runs) and Scott Green (3 for 31 runs) slowed the run rate and at 31 overs March had lost their rhythm and their middle order batsmen with their score at 147 for 6.

The visitors were finally bowled out for 185 as Uppingham showed a stubborn commitment in the field on a bitterly cold day.

In reply Uppingham's opening batsmen struggled against a good opening attack from March with Chris Ringham (4 for 23) and Stuart Mills (2 for 53) rattling Uppingham early in the innings.

Only Neil Wedge (23) showed any early resistance and at 11 overs Uppingham had lost four wickets for just 47 runs. But a middle order recovery led by Henry King (14) and Max Collins (16), and a seventh wicket partnership of 58 between another of Town's in-form players, Alex Ashwin (49) and Harry Butchart (24) brought Uppingham close to a dramatic victory.

But as their target became tantalisingly close opening bowler Chris Ringham returned to the March attack and claimed both batsmen with the Uppingham score on 174 runs, and Uppingham's last wicket (Scott Green) fell at 175 runs.

Match sponsors: Moseley Brown Developments.