Stamford beat Bourne despite Bentley century

Stamford Town CC beat Bourne 2nds on Saturday despite a century from Bourne's Robert Bentley
Stamford Town CC beat Bourne 2nds on Saturday despite a century from Bourne's Robert Bentley
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STAMFORD Town Saturday 1st team easily came out on top, against local rivals Bourne 2nds, in their South Lincs and Border Division One clash on Saturday.

Stamford managed to restrict the visitors to 173 for 8 at Uffington Road, despite an unbeaten 100 from opener Robert Bentley.

Neil Williams was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 for 29 from 8 overs, with great support from Dave Piggott, with 2 for 21 and Simon Lem, with 2 for 25.

Town then cruised to their victory target in under 30 overs, to win by seven wickets. Sunday captain Andrew Hulme top-scored with 54 not out, made in good time, including 8 fours and a six, and he was backed up with 34 from Simon Prentice, 32 from Chris Bore, and an unbeaten 20 from Josh Prentice.

l WITH only one fixture on Sunday, in Rutland Legue Division Four, the 2nd team succumbed to a strong St Ives side going down by 60 runs after a high-scoring encounter on another good Uffington Road pitch.

The visitors posted an imposing 273 for 8, although Town stuck to their task well. Chris Birch returned steady figures of 2 for 46, with Bryan Bennett taking 2 for 17, and Michael Jones picking up a wicket in a useful spell on his home debut.

Stamford were going very well in reply, led by new captain Chris Bore, and Andy Flynn, until the latter was needlessly run out for 43.

When when Bore fell for exactly 100, another exhilarating knock with 15 fours and 2 sixes, Town soon collapsed to 213 all out despite 27 from Bennett, frustratingly with ten overs still remaining unused.

l THE draw for the annual Stamford Cups has been made.

In the Stamford Knock-out Shield, Uppingham will play Ufford, Ketton face Market Deeping, and Bourne play Stamford while Barnack have a bye in the first round, to be played on June 11.

Round one of the Stamford Charity Cup pits Stamford against Market Deeping, Bourne against Ketton, and Uppingham against Barnack with Ufford given a bye. The matches will also be played on June 11.