Gripping Steaming Billy Twenty20 final abandoned with match in the balance

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Rain ruined a finely balanced inaugural Steamin Billy Rutland T20 final between Ketton and Uppingham on Friday.

Playing at Oakham, the stars of big hitting Ketton - the new force in the local cricket - had smashed the Lions into a decent position.

Josh Gallimore was the star performer for Ketton with the bat, smashing 35 from 28 balls including three emphatic sixes. But some stunning bowling from spinners Scott Green and Ben Collins changed the game and put Uppingham into the driving seat.

The pair put the brakes on the run rate the impressive Green took a remarkable five wickets for four runs from just four overs. Collins was equally miserly, allowing just eight runs in his four overs while taking two wickets.

Ketton were eventually all out for 80.

But as Uppingham padded up with a great chance to claimed some Twenty20 silverware the rain began to drift in. Good quick bowling by Ketton made the runs hard to come by for the Town openers.

Ketton’s Andy Barringer took the three most dangerous wickets, dismissing Jamie Dumford for 10, skipper Martin Bennett for 14 and Harry Butchart for a duck in his 3 for 24 from four overs.

But with Mark Cox, 10 not out, and Tom Hubbard, going well on 11, the drizzle turned into heavy rain and the umpires pulled the players into the pavillion. With the rain not letting up they never returned and the game was abandoned with the match agonisingly balanced on 49-3 after 10.4 overs.

The final will be replayed at a date to be decided when both side’s renowned batsman will look to make more of an impact on the encounter.