A WIN for the hosts made an historic match even more enjoyable for Uppingham on Sunday.
Uppingham Town 1st XI emerged victorious from their first league match at the club’s new Castle Hill Ground, beating Barnack by 82 runs.
And alongside the 1st XI’s Rutland League Division One game, the club’s third team made a league debut beating Easton-on-the-Hill by 11 runs in their division seven match on the neighbouring pitch.
Uppingham skipper Martin Bennett praised the pitch, saying it offers something for both bowlers and batsmen but going into Sunday’s game the odds, on paper at least, did not look good for Town’s first team.
Sunday’s guests, Barnack, had beaten Uppingham convincingly two weeks earlier and a hard game looked even tougher as Uppingham got off to a poor start, losing three wickets for just 30 runs in the first 12 overs.
But Colan Bartram, batting at number five, changed the game dramatically, scoring one of his highest ever knocks for Uppingham, with an unbeaten 80.
He was backed up by Jamie Binley (33), Jamie Dumford (30), and a blistering 29 off 12 balls from James Moldon as Town closed their innings on 220 for 8 wickets.
Steve Best bowled superbly for Barnack once again, and was the pick of the Barnack bowlers, taking three wickets for just 28 runs.
In reply, Barnack got off to a poor start losing the wicket of Khan for a duck in the second over but Asif Butt batted steadily for his 37 runs before being bowled by Bartram.
At 20 overs, Barnack had lost just three wickets for 70 runs.
Garry Scotcher batted well for his 37 runs but Uppingham restricted the run rate with some excellent fielding and at the 30 over mark, although Barnack had lost another wicket, they had been held back to 111 runs.
Scott Green, Uppingham’s left arm spinner, was brought into the attack and he turned the game in Town’s favour, taking five wickets for just 18 runs in six devastating overs
He was helped by excellent catching from Alex Ashwin, Jamie Dumford and Jamie Binley to end Barnack’s innings all out for 138 runs.
Bennett said: “We were a lot better than the game before. I think in the field we were excellent.
“Scott got five for 18 which is superb. It was his day but James Moldon and Jamie Binley were lively when they opened at the start.
“We have Oundle away next, which will be a big test, especially as we’ll be missing Jamie Dumford and James Moldon this week.”
l It will be a busy weekend for Uppingham’s 1st XI who host Thrapston as they take their bow in the Northants League at home on Saturday. The match starts at 1.30pm.