Stunning double victory

Tom Williams

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STAMFORD Town’s first teams produced a weekend to remember, beating the two leaders of their respective leagues last weekend.

On Saturday, Stamford beat Billingborough, who were unbeaten for 27 games, in the South Lincolnshire and Border Division One and on Sunday they beat Oundle in division one of the Rutland League.

Tom Williams, who proved just as influential on Sunday, was the chief architect of Billingborough’s demise on Saturday claiming 5 for 24, as Billingborough crumbled for 111.

Williams blew away most of the top-order visiting batsmen, leaving Steve Armstrong to dismantle the tail. He finished with 4 for 19, with Town’s fielding display, proving to be one of their best of the season so far.

However, it all looked to be in vain, when Stamford slumped to 62 for 8, after Williams had scored 23 in a promising start, with Andrew Hulme (11).

But with their strong batting line-up exposed, Armstrong (20no) and Dave Piggott (28no) put on an amazing unbeaten 50-partnership in the face of some hard cricket from the leaders to eke Town home by two wickets, for a stunning victory.

Another superb game of cricket on Sunday, in which Oundle, recovering from their 28 all out, at Barnack last weekend, posted a very respectable 236 for 6.

Armstrong once again performed well with 1 for 40 from his 12 overs, and Tom Williams and Chris Birch took 2 wickets apiece and Stamford narrowly squeezed home, once again by two wickets, with four byes off the final ball of the match when the scores were level.

Tom Williams, with a run-a-ball 78 (including 6 fours and 2 sixes), proved to be the difference between the two sides with several other useful contributions, notably 40 from skipper Hulme, and 26 from the consistent Tom Perchard.

The Saturday Seconds picked up a much needed win at Welby in their South Lincolnshire and Border League Division Two. They had looked doomed at 45 for 5, until Neil Williams set about the home attack with vigour, crafting together a brilliant 87 (8 fours and 3 sixes). He was well supported by Chris Birch (26), in a pivotal stand of 87 to take Town up to a useful 174 for 8, from their 45 overs.

Stamford kept it tight at the start of Welby’s response, without taking too many wickets but really tightened their grip on the match when debutant Suneel Appan started taking wickets, with his accurate seamers.

Appan, aided by great catching from skipper Jason MacBeath and young Alex Birch, picked up 3 for 30, enticing the home batsmen to try and hit him out of the attack. He concluded a fine debut with 4 for 44 for a crucial 48 run victory to enable Town to look upwards in the table.

Stamford travel to Grantham tomorrow.