MARKET Overton retained their Rutland Twenty20 crown, beating Uppingham in Friday’s final at Oakham’s Lime Kilns ground.
In a repeat of last year’s final, Uppingham were determined to go one better and set off at a cracking pace.
Mark Cox hit the very first ball for four but Uppingham’s eagerness to score was punished with two early wickets. Jamie Binley and Will Armstrong were both clean bowled by Brian Makwana leaving Uppingham on 41-2 off five overs.
Martin Bennett and Jamie Dumford both made steady innings of 47 after Cox had been caught lbw on 23 and Uppingham made a decent looking 150 off 20 overs. Alex Aswin, Colan Bartram and Danny Dumford, who was run out with a superb long throw from the boundary, all added five. Brian Makwana was the pick of Marko’s bowlers taking 2 for 11 off four overs.
Rain had begun to fall during Uppingham’s innings and by the time it was Market Overton’s turn, the conditions were becoming difficult for batsmen and bowlers but neither side contemplated calling the game off and Marko set off on their run chase.
Openers Dil Yahathagoda and Dave Allen made 33 before Yahathagoda was brillantly taken by a reflex caught-and-bowled by Danny Dumford, reaching low to his left.
Dumford also claimed Stuart Rose for a duck and Makwana cheaply, and Marko’s run rate was behind Uppingham’s for the first dozen overs. But a couple of heavy-hitting overs swung the game Marko’s way, moving them to 105 for three off 14 overs with 20 thumped off the 13th over.
Allen batted right through, blasting 10 fours and two sixes on his way to 77, ending the game opposite Mark Matthews who had added 40 when Allen hoisted a victorious six to seal the win with Market Overton on 155 for 3.
Market Overton skipper Paul Thwaites was jubilant, saying the 13th over was a turning point. He said: “We needed that over to get back on track. That was when the game swung in our favour.
“Last year we chased 160 and I think we have got better now that we are playing more limited overs cricket – it’s time for the rest to catch us up and take it off us.
“It was an excellent win and I think we deserved it.”
Thwaites felt his side handled the conditions well adding: “The ball was getting wet very quickly and became hard to hold while we were bowling but by the time we got to bat the pitch was wet too.
“If it had been a Sunday game we would not have played in those conditions. I was worried that we’d get to the point where we could not carry on.”
M Cox lbw Thwaites 23
J Binley b Makwana 3
W Armstrong b Makwana 4
M Bennett c Clark b M’hews 47 b Matthews
J Dumford c Rose b M’hews 47
D Dumford run out 5
C Bartram not out 5
A Ashwim not out 5
Total (5 wkts) 150
Bowling: Luke Clark 4-0-46-0; Brian Makwawna 4-0-11-2; Dil Yahathagoda 4-0-25-0; Paul Thwaites 4-0-31-1; Mark Matthews 4-0-29-2
D Yahathagoda c&b D D’ford 21
D Allen not out 76
S Rose b D Dumford 0
B Makwana b D Dumford 7
M Matthews not out 40
Total (3 wkts) 155
Bowling: Alex Ashwin 4-0-32-0; Scott Green 4-0-25-0; Danny Dumford 4-0-19-3; Colan Bartram 4-0-37-0; Jamie Binley 2.1-0-23-0; Mark Cox 1-0-12-0.