UFFINGTON registered a resounding win against Kettering in the Rutland League on Sunday.
Faced with hostile bowling from Simon Larter and Ben Jennings, Kettering’s top order played a series of rash shots and Larter quickly notched up four wickets.
Rhys Linnell was bowled in the second over and the next three batsmen were all caught off mis-timed attacking strokes, with Dean Cornish holding on to two good catches. Opener Dale Munn and Lewis James hinted at a recovery but James miscued to Jennings at mid-off to hand Colin Miles a deserved wicket.
The Kettering lower order then showed the top order what could have been achieved by batting patiently against tight bowling from Steve Moody and Miles. But eventually the pressure told and Munn was bowled by Miles. Barry Kang threatened to add late runs but fell to a stupendous one-handed catch by Larter at mid-off. Larter claimed the final wicket to finish with 5-27 and leave Uffington with a target of 113 to win.
John Burton opened with neat clips and confident drives to get the scoreboard ticking. After Jak Garner inexplicably ran himself out Larter joined Burton. These two took Uffington most of the way to the target before Burton (43) was caught. The only blemish in Larter’s day came when he was bowled heaving across the line. The temptation of an early pint in the Tobie Norris was clearly too great. Cornish (20*) sealed Uffington’s win.