Stamford Town openers Andrew Hulme and Liam Dave delivered a club record stand of 303 as the club continued their late dash towards safety in Rutland League Division One.
Hulme finished unbeaten on 151 and Dave was 103 not out at the close as Stamford took full advantage of Peterborough Town’s involvement in the East Midlands Final of the National Twenty/20 Cup yesterday (August 11).
The reigning champions fielded a young side who could only muster 138 in reply. Michael Jones took 5-40 for Stamford who have now won two matches in a row (after losing their first 10) to climb off the bottom of the table.
Stamford remain 36 points from safety, but they have a game in hand on Finedon, the team directly above them in the table.
Leaders Wisbech were surprisingly beaten by Stamford last weekend and they had a few scares yesterday before seeing off a depleted Oundle side by 22 runs at Harecroft Road.
For a change the bowlers were in charge on a track which is normally full of runs. Wily Dave Ryan bagged 5-34 as Wisbech were skittled for just 117, but Kiwi Bradley Perrett completed a superb individual weekend with 5-33 as Oundle crumbled to 95.
Perrett picked up 11 wickets on a weekend when Wisbech strengthened their chances of claiming a first Cambs Division One title and a first top-flight Rutland League title. Gary Freear (55) provided the best batting against Oundle.
Nassington have moved to within four points of Wisbech, but they have played three more matches than the top side.
Nassington beat Barnack by seven runs yesterday in a low scoring game. Barnack are now bottom.
WISBECH beat OUNDLE by 22 runs
Wisbech 117 (G. Freear 55, D. Ryan 5-34, J. Roberts 3-24).
Oundle 95 (B. Bergh 33. M. Stark 21, B. Perrett 5-33).
PETERBOROUGH TOWN lost to STAMFORD by 165 runs
Stamford 303-0 (A. Hulme 151no, L. Dave 103no).
Town 138 (N. Haider 25, M. Wheat 21, M. Azhar 20, M. Jones 5-40).
NASSINGTON beat BARNACK by 7 runs
Nassington 132 (A. Laud 27no, C. Craig 26, K. Hussain 25, S. Best 4-36, M. Shahid 3-13).
Barnack 125 (M. Tayyub 39, K. Ikhlaq 4-28).