Uffington battle hard to victory

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UFFINGTON battled to a good win on a dry and dusty track at Long Sutton.

Batting first in a strong and gusty wind, Steve Moody and Damien Herrick settled in well after the early loss of Jak Garner. And Herrick was soon into his stride, playing shots all round the wicket.

After the double loss of Moody and Guy Cunningham to Chris Booth, Dean Cornish came to the wicket and played young leg spinner Jake Burton well from the outset.

When Herrick was out for an excellent 67, Uffington were still a long way short of a target of 200. When Cornish (19) and Simon Larter departed soon after and the pressure was on the lower order. And they stepped up to the mark with Colin Miles, Will Fairham and Tim Pratt helping to add another 50 runs. The icing on the cake came when Ben Jennings hit his only ball and the last of the innings for six over mid-wicket to take the score to 186.

Despite hostile bowling from Jennings and Larter, Long Sutton made a good start with the bat. But Jennings soon made the breakthrough before Steve Moody came on for a devastating 12 overs.

In another display of remarkable control the batsmen were left bewildered as he marched to figures of 7-27 off 12 overs. He was well supported by keeper Garner and an enthusiastic fielding from the whole team.

However there was a twist in the tail when normal opener Booth came in right down the order because of a hamstring injury. Batting with a runner he started to play his shots and survived a few streaky chances to give Sutton a glimmer of hope.

As the tension was mounting, Cornish came to the rescue with a blinding catch at extra cover to remove Booth for 31. Larter quickly delivered the well-earned final wicket to wrap up the victory by 48 runs.