Oakham to meet reigning champions Uppingham in T20 final

Rutland’s 2013 Twenty20 final will be between Oakham and last year’s champions Uppingham at the Lime Kilns on Friday.

The match, which has been brought forward a week as the bad weather date is now free, will gives the hosts the hance to take a second victory against the Castle Hill club after defeating Uppingham 2nd XI in the opening round.

Oakham then benefitted from a walkover when Ketton were unable to raise a team for the semi-final on Friday.

Uppingham, who themselves received a bye in the opening round, beat Market Overton at home on Friday to book their lace in the final.

Marko are an in-form team and Friday’s match at Uppingham proved a tough contest.

Uppingham won the toss, chose to bat and began well with Martin Bennett (13 runs) and Will Cropper (12) setting the early pace. Max Collins, at three, top-scored with 25, putting on 45 with Mark Cox (19) as Town push the score on to 89 for five, and a final score of 126.

Marko’s Paul Thwaites (3 for 16) and Brian Makwana (3 for 17) were the pick of the six bowlers used.

In reply Market Overton struggled against opening bowler Mark Cox (1 for 9) and Max Collins (1 for 6) as they lost their first two wickets for 25 runs in seven overs.

Stuart Rose top-scored with 32 as he tried to push the Marko score along with Brian Makwana (18) but Marko were always behind the run rate and the introduction of Alex Ashwin (3 for 7) put the brakes on the innings as Marko were restricted to 87 runs giving Uppinham a place in next weeks final.

Uppingham’s fielding and bowling was excellent with Ben Collins (2 for 20) and Alex Ashwin (3 for 7) the pick of the six bowlers used.

Defeated skipper Paul Thwaites said: “We did not play well enough.

“We never play at Uppingham and to learn from our mistakes - but I said that last time.

“To keep them to 126 and not win was disappointing.”

Uppingham

M Bennett ct Rose b P Thwaites 13

W Cropper ct Makwana b P Thwaites 12

M Collins ct Clark b R Thwaites 25

J Richardson ct Makwana b P Thwaites 4

M Cox ct Owens b R Thwaites 19

J Dumford ct Roberts b Makwana 10

A Ashwin c&b Makwana 12

B Collins not out 5

D Dumford ct Clark b Makwana 0

S Barnett not out 5

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Total 126 for 8

Bowling: M Hudson 3-0-22-0, P Thwaites 4-0-16-3, M Roberts 4-0-13-0, P Learmont 2-0-33-0, B Makwana 4-1-17-3, R Thwaites 3-0-22-2.

Market Overton

A Clark ct Richardson b Cox 10

M Owens b M Collins 8

S Rose b B Collins 32

B Makwana b Ashwin 18

P Thwaites b B Collins 1

O Monk not out 16

D Munton b Ashwin 1

M Roberts b Ashwin 1

R Thwaites not out 0

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Total 87 for 7

Bowling: M Cox 4-0-9-1, D Dumford 4-0-24-0, M Collins 2-0-6-1, P Learmont 2-0-33-0, B Makwana 4-1-17-3, R Thwaites 3-0-22-2.