High-scoring Uppingham put pressure on leaders

Alex Ashwin bowling for Uppingham 1sts. Photo: SM110712-020ow
Alex Ashwin bowling for Uppingham 1sts. Photo: SM110712-020ow
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Uppingham Town moved to within two points of division four leaders Bardon Hill with a comfortable, high-scoring win against Ilston Abey in the Leicestershire League on Saturday.

Town posted 276 for 4 with Jamie Dumford (62), Martin Bennett (83) and Harry Robertson (76) all among the runs.

Ilston’s Tejas then hit 82 as the visitors were dismissed for 223 at Castle Hill.

After losing the toss, Uppingham took advantage of a fast outfield with the prolific opening partnership of Dumford and Bennett racing along at five an over for the first 10 and then hitting the accelerator pedal as they put on 118 for the first wicket. Dumford gloved a sharply bouncing ball to the keeper for 62 in the 22nd over but Uppingham’s momentum had been set.

Promising teenager Harry Robertson came to the crease, and he and Bennett scored all around the ground with, putting the Ilston bowlers to the sword before Bennett’s dismissal out of the blue. Alex Ashwin was then pushed up the order in pursuit of quick runs to set up a declaration and the pair blazed 40 runs in four brutal overs. When Robertson fell to a superb caught and but Ashwin (36no from 16 balls) took 22 runs of the 44th over as Town ended on 276-4.

In response, Ilston didn’t pull their punches and went for the win with Uday plundering six early boundaries before edging a shot off Tom Wharton to third man for 31. A more sedate period of run-scoring followed before Ilston’s other opener, Samareesh skied a Danny Dumford ball to cover for 29.

A Chris Howe swinging yorker reduced Ilston to 79-3 in the 21st over but a fourth wicket partnership of 120 handed the initiative back to Ilston as Uppingham dropped eight catches.

Tejus smashed 83 from 87 balls (12 fours and 6 sixes) but with Illston needing 77 runs from 15 overs, Sarveesh inexplicably charged down the wicket to Scott Green and was stumped for 37 and when Green took another wicket two balls later to leave the score on 199-5 Uppingham saw their chance.

Mark Cox ended Tejus’ innings two balls later as Howe took a comfortable catch on the long on boundary, and further wickets for Green (3 for 53) and Cox (2 for 32) meant that Ilston had gone from 199 for 3 to 206 for 8 in eight overs of slow bowling.

In the 46th over - the first “bonus” over brought about by Uppingham’s earlier declaration - Ashwin (2 for 8) wrapped up the contest with two wickets in two balls. Ilston ended on 223 leaving Uppingham winners by 53 runs.

Elsewhere in the race for promotion in division 4, leaders Bardon hill picked up a 23 point victory at Shepshed. Third-placed Syston picked up full points, knocking Hinckley’s hopes of catching the leaders while Ratby dropped points with a winning draw at Countesthorpe.