Uffington make it two in a row

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Uffington recorded a solid home victory against Spalding in Rutland League’s third division on Sunday.

The visitors batted first and lost wickets regularly from the start, rapidly falling to 60-6 and then an even more desperate 80-8.

Simon Larter was the main beneficiary, as he bowled his 12 overs straight through for outstanding figures of 6-35. He was backed up by good fielding from keeper Jon Tyrrell, Colin Miles and Will Hetherington who took two catches each.

However Spalding’s number nine and 10, Jack Barratt and Joe Lyon, resisted well and, with Barratt ending on 56no, the visitors eventually posted a defendable 155.

Uffington openers John Burton (35) and Guy Cunningham (33) were soon into their stride and raced to 70 off a mere eight overs. Both batsmen played some glorious shots, particularly through the covers and straight, and it looked as if the game would be over inside 15 overs when they were in full flight. However, Cunningham was dismissed by a nonchalant catch at midwicket, and Damien Herrick and Tom Bentley were both out in quick succession to Barratt. When Burton also fell, to another good catch, it was 80-4 and calm heads were needed.

Dean Cornish brought much-needed stability to the innings, while Larter was soon into his stride with a huge six at the other end. A few more lusty blows relieved the tension and while Cornish played the quiet hand, Larter raced to a stylish 56no to secure the victory with no more wickets down.