Cricket: Win boosts Uppingham’s promo bid

Cricket.
Cricket.

Uppingham Town ran out comfortable winners against Countesthorpe as they continue their battle for promotion in division four of the Leicestershire Cricket League.

Missing regulars Alex Ashwin, Martin Bennett and David Fish, Town skipper Jamie Dumford was pleased to be able to field a fit XI for the home match.

That included the returning Patrick Latham, who has himself only just recovered from a muscle strain.

The fact that Bennett is likely to miss the rest of the season, means that reliability of runs at the top of the order is likely to be Dumford’s biggest headache.

However, on Saturday it was the turn of the pinch hitting Will Cropper to join him at the crease.

The usual boundary-fest ensued with Cropper taking 28 from just 11 balls, before holing out following three sixes.

A more sedate 50-run stand between Richardson (32) and Dumford (12) took the score to 79 - 3 from 17 overs.

Mark Cox then played fluently for 37 , holding the middle order together and steering a course that eventually allowed Tom Scott to play with all the freedom in the world.

Scott smashed five fours and four sixes from Countesthorpe’s slow bowling to bring up an excellent half century, before being stumped.

And sure enough that brought the customary Uppingham collapse against slow bowling as the home side fell away from 166-6 from 36 overs to 205 all out from 43 - with Jefcott the pick of the Countesthorpe bowlers taking 5-31 from 14.3 overs.

Uppingham’s opening spell of Danny Dumford and Patrick Latham was full of intelligent and incisive seam bowling that gave precious opportunities to anyone, except the umpire who had every reason to award Latham an lbw decision to leave Countesthorpe at 6-1.

When Danny Dumford finally joined the wickets in the 17th over, Countesthorpe were a miserly 44-2.

That seemed to open the floodgates as Latham and Dumford were finally rewarded for marathon spells of 14 and 17 overs respectively.

Latham finished with 2-31 (and five maidens) and Dumford 4-44.

When opener Smith, became one of Dumford’s four victims for 30 runs, the game was up and on came Colan Bartram to clean up the tail, adding three wickets to his two excellent catches.

Bartram finished with 3-11 from 3.4 overs including the late resistance from Toon (26) - and Countesthorpe were all out for 108.

A maximum point win was just what the doctor ordered following last weeks set back, and Town’s promotion chances were boosted further by the news that top of the league Bardon Hill could only manage a losing draw at home to Grace Dieu Park.

With Ratby also dropping points, and Syston Town winning to top three in the league are now separated by just four points.