Defeat dents Stamford’s survival hopes

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Stamford Town’s encouraging recent revival in the Rutland League Division One came to a sudden halt, as they lost a must-win game by two wickets at home to Nassington on Sunday.

Town now look certain to be relegated with just four matches remaining of a difficult campaign.

Stamford started well with the previous week’s heroes Andrew Hulme (21) and Liam Davé (19) both undone when looking in good form. Both decisions raised eyebrows among the Stamford ranks.

Dave Piggott was the only other batsman to make double figures, as Town collapsed from 113 for five to a meagre 121 all out, with 13-year-old Harrison Craig taking 4 for 12, and Tom Norman 4 for 24.

Zak Chappell and Michael Jones bowled with great pace and attacking intent, and they reduced the visitors to 47 for 4, which soon became 90 for 8 as Chris Birch picked up four quick wickets but Nassington skipper Alex Laud guided his side home with a sensible 28 not out to take the spoils.