STAMFORD lost to a strong Peterborough Town side in division one of the Rutland League on Sunday.
Town were defeated by 49 runs, with the home team posting 225 for 9 with Dave Piggott (3 for 24) and Liam Davé (3 for 44) both performing well, after Peterborough had got off to a flier at the start.
Stamford, in reply, put up a creditable batting showing, making 176 for 8 with the in-form Piggott top scoring with 54. Promising teenager Zak Chappell struck a fluent 38 and Davé made 20.
Town’s Sunday 2nds turned in a remarkable batting display, after slipping to 15-3 against Uffington.
Ben Jennings took three wickets for Uffington as Stamford finally made 195 for 3, with a superb, unbeaten 180-run partnership, between Clive Simmons (90no) and new arrival Matt Greaves (76no). The partnership included lots of clean hitting, and some excellent running between the wickets.
Stamford’s veteran opening bowlers, Bill Hall (2 for 41) and Richard Dytham (2 for 28), had the visitors under pressure from the start, with an early breakthrough apiece, but it was youngster James Ferrow who impressed the most.
Ferrow took key wickets with 3 for 31 in a quick spell of bowling, backed up by two very good catches late in Uffington’s reply.
Guy Cunningham looked on song, with a high-class 60, Damien Herrick scored 26 and Will Heatherington 28, but ultimately it was all in vain, as Town hung on for a 14-run victory, at the end of a good game of cricket, played in a fantastic spirit.
At Barnack Steve Best claimed four wickets as Barnack beat Market Overton by four wickets.
Marko lost key early wickets cheaply and a knock of 46 from Paul Thwaites wasn’t enough to save the Rutlanders
In divison three, Ketton lost to Whittlesey by seven wickets despite a 55 from John Gallimore and an undeaten 42 from M Thomas.