Uffington lose a thriller

The Uffington team who played Castor at home on Sunday. Back row, from left; Matt Tarrant, Dean Cornish, Steve Moody (captain), Tom Bentley, Ben Jennings, Will Hetherington, Pat Dodsworth (umpire), front, Colin Miles, Damien Herrrick, John Burton, Guy Cunningham and Felix Cunningham
The Uffington team who played Castor at home on Sunday. Back row, from left; Matt Tarrant, Dean Cornish, Steve Moody (captain), Tom Bentley, Ben Jennings, Will Hetherington, Pat Dodsworth (umpire), front, Colin Miles, Damien Herrrick, John Burton, Guy Cunningham and Felix Cunningham

Uffington lost out in another close finish in the Rutland League’s third tier on Sunday.

After skipper Steve Moody won the toss and chose to bat first at home to Castor.

Opening bowlers Simon Brown and Andy Berringer gave nothing away and both John Burton and Guy Cunningham were soon caught off miscues, trying to force the pace.

Meanwhile Damien Herrick quietly set about building the big score which would hold the innings together. In steady partnerships with Tom Bentley and then Dean Cornish, Herrick kept the scoreboard ticking and, when he was eventually out for a calculated 83, the home team had five overs left to play some big shots.

Unfortunately the lower middle order didn’t get the run of the green and the total of 169 was probably a few shy of the target.

Ben Jennings and Bentley opened the bowling and it was clear from the start that Jennings was in the mood for bowling fast. And he was soon rewarded when keeper Matt Tarrant took a fizzing catch to send Robin Vitas back for five. Jennings also accounted for Sam Palmer, when Cunningham held on to a spectacular catch at mid-off.

Bentley chipped in with a wicket and when dangerman Luke Broekman was trapped LBW by Jennings, the visitors were in a pickle at 40 for 4.

Nick Wilson (22) and Reece Smith (33) then set about rebuilding the innings. In a tense 10 over period Moody and Felix Cunningham bowled with impressive control but the batsmen dug in, waiting for the extremely rare bad ball.

With a slice more luck Uffington would have had the breakthrough but this 50 run partnership took Castor close enough to the target for numbers seven and eight Charl van Niekerk and Jason Dunn to swing the bat to good effect and ride their luck to claim the victory in the 44th over.

Uffington remain in the top half of the table, and look forward to the local derby at Stamford on Sunday.