Teenager Zak blasts back-to-back centuries for Stamford

Zak Chappell in action bowling. Photo: MSMP130713-144js
Zak Chappell in action bowling. Photo: MSMP130713-144js
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Stamford Town’s young batsman Zak Chappell has continued his sparkling form with back-to-back centuries for both first teams.

The 16-year-old was 118no in the South Lincs Premier Division side’s clash against Sleaford on Saturday and then 102no in the Sunday firsts, helping them to an unlikely win against Rutland League Division One leaders Wisbech.

The Stamford Schoolboy has scored more than 500 since last being dismissed and has hit 1,348 runs in 28 games this season.

The victory against Sleaford puts Stamford in third place, 24 points behind Billingborough and 28 behind leaders Boston.

Winning the league is an outside chance but Chappell’s contributions have helped keep them in it.

Saturday 1sts captain Andrew Hulme said: “I’m 25 and have been playing in the area for a while and I can honestly say I’ve never come up against somebody so talented, particularly at such a young age.

“We’re delighted he’s playing for us. He hits the ball so hard, more so than some of the more senior players.”

On Saturday, Sleaford amassed 257 for eight, with Liam Davé and Alex Birch taking two wickets each.

Brett Bennett, Jonny Williams and Steve Armstrong also claimed a wicket each.

In reply, Chappell and Davé shared in a stand of 160, with the latter falling for 77.

Chappell’s tally included 11 fours and four sixes and was supported by skipper Hulme (26no) which got Stamford home by seven wickets, with three overs to spare.

Hulme said: “We’ve played Billingborough twice and need them to lose and we play Boston in the last game of the season so finishing top is not completely out of the question.

“We’ve been picking up some pretty good wins and if we did win it then great but it is out of our hands.”

Chappell’s remarkable weekend was completed as the Sunday 1sts beat Wisbech by three wickets.

The victory followed splendid bowling and fielding with the visitors 155 all out.

Michael Jones took four for 27 from 12 overs of quality seam bowling in one spell.

Alex Birch took four for 52, with the good fielding display epitomised by keeper Hulme’s four sharp dismissals.

Town were 92 for seven and seemingly out of the contest until Chappell stepped in.

He hit 102no, smashing a huge six to win the game with Town finishing on 161-7. Chappell ended with great support from Chris Birch (16no).