Dumford and Bennett push Town towards the top

Martin Bennett (72no) and fellow opener Jamie Dumford batted right through for Uppingham at Ibstock
Martin Bennett (72no) and fellow opener Jamie Dumford batted right through for Uppingham at Ibstock

Uppingham Town moved to within four points of top spot with a one-sided victory at Ibstock in division four of the Everards Leicestershire League on Saturday.

Openers Jamie Dumford and Martin Bennett drove Uppingham to a 10-wicket victory after Town’s bowlers had reduced Ibstock’s innings to rubble for just 146 runs.

Dumford and Bennett built an unbroken partnership of 150 to deal the win in 30.3 overs with Bennett finishing on 72 and Dumford 65.

Not that Uppingham had it all their own way on a wet and cold afternoon at Castle Hill. Having won the toss, Ibstock chose to bat and made a solid start to reach 26 before a fantastic diving stop in the covers and quick return ran out the first Ibstock opener, Taylor for 2.

That seemed to unsettle the other opener Tointon (18) who had been the more aggressive batsman before he skied a catch to Mark Cox off the bowling of Danny Dumford (1-40).

That brought Emery to the crease and he started to strike the ball well, putting Uppingham under pressure with a flurry of boundaries. Al Lander (1-40) wicket, taking S Tyers for 4, briefly halted proceedings but Emery started to build an excellent partnership with K Tyers, adding 50 runs in seven overs before Alex Ashwin bowled the dangerous Emery who had made 57 from only 35 balls.

Tyers (33) maintained the run rate before he was bowled by Mark Cox (2-21) with the score at 140-5 in the 31st over. And his loss triggered a spectacular batting collapse that saw Ibstock - who were looking to post more than 220 - lose six wickets for 6 runs to be all out for 146.

Alex Ashwin, bowling full outswinging yorkers, knocked over the tail with three wickets in the 34th over to finish with 5-41 - his second five wicket haul in two weeks.

With rain bringing an end to matches elsewhere, Uppingham took no chances and batted through 10 overs before taking tea, with the score on 30-0.

After that, the Dumford and Bennett show really gathered momentum, scoring 14 in the first over after tea. Ibstock tried seven different bowlers but the pair proved inseparable as they piled on the runs.

With leaders Bardon Hill washed out 20 miles down the road at Syston, Uppingham moved to within four points of top spot.