Stamford earn a much-needed win

Thomas High batting for Stamford at Market Overton
Thomas High batting for Stamford at Market Overton

Rutland League

STAMFORD Town’s Sunday 1sts picked up a much-needed 10-run victory at Market Overton on Sunday.

Town posted 177 all out, after being asked to bat, with Andrew Hulme (25) and Zak Chappell (30) scoring good early runs. But Town then collapsed badly with Brian Makwana taking six for 36 and Stamford were rescued by Tom High (75 not out) who struck six fours and three sixes in his 66-ball innings to add 50 invaluable runs for the last wicket.

High’s stand was alongside Michael Jones, whose personal tally amounted to a single, from 25 vital balls faced.

Market Overton had 50 overs to reach their target but despite an unbeaten 79 from Makwana were bowled out for 167. Liam Davé (4 for 56), Dave Piggott (3 for 37) and Jones (2 for 39) all performed superbly under pressure.

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l ASIM Butt hit an unbeaten 86 for Barnack who beat early leaders Oundle by five wickets.

Oundle made 170 for 8 with the Shahid Muhammed returning the best bolwing figures of three for 20 off 12 overs. Steve Best and Mohammad Tayyub both claimed two wickets.

Butt then led the reply, carrying his bat as Barnack reached their target with wickets to spare.

l NASSINGTON brushed aside a below-par Uppingham, winning by 131 runs.

Batting first, Nassington made 207-9 with Daniel Robinson making 55 before being caught lbw by Colan Bartram, who took four midlde order wickets for Uppingham.

Uppingham struggled with the bat, managing just 76 despite the return of batsmen Ben Harford and Jamie Binley. Mark Cox top-scored with 24.

l MARKET Deeping made minc meat of Medbourne in division two, dismissing their opponents for a meagre 49 to win by 113 runs.

Deeping batsman, Jack McDougall almost matched Medbourne single-handedly, hitting 48 runs as his side made 162-5.

l IN Division three, Stamford’s seconds were largely outplayed by a strong Ramsey side.

The visitors amassed 200 for 9, although young Ben Peck impressed with 3 for 13, at the death, and Richard Crossley (2 for 29) bowled with great accuracy early on.

Stamford started their reply well but after skipper Chris Bore (33) and Bryan Bennett (21) departed, a collapse ensued. Richard Dytham (29) and Bill Hall (12no) restored some pride, as Town were all out for 120. Sponsor: FESA

l UFFINGTON recorded a clinical home victory over Castor and Ailsworth in only their second league match of this rain-wrecked season.

Castor batted first but only opener Mark Wheat made any impression with a decent 45. After he was caught on the boundary by Will Fry, off the tidy off-spinner John Burton, the rest of the team failed to keep the scoreboard moving against tight bowling.

Simon Larter, Ben Jennings, Felix Cunningham and Fry kept Castor down to just 109-9 off their 45 overs. Guy Cunningham, Larter and Dean Cornish all took good catches.

Guy Cunningham then showed his intent as skipper for the day by electing to open the batting and playing a series of well-timed drives through the covers and down the ground.

Fellow opener Burton (28no) was happy to play second fiddle as Cunningham put the result beyond doubt. He eventually played one shot too many and was caught for a dominant 66, but Damien Herrick (15no) joined Burton to help secure the win in 16.4 overs.