Uffington storm to top

Will Felgate took a devastating 6-27 in Uffington's 140 run defeat of Langtons on Sunday. Photo: www.crush-pictures.co.uk

Will Felgate took a devastating 6-27 in Uffington's 140 run defeat of Langtons on Sunday. Photo: www.crush-pictures.co.uk

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Uffington went top of Rutland League Four on Sunday with a crushing 140 run home win over fellow high-fliers Langtons.

After skipper Steve Moody won the toss and elected to bat, openers Jak Garner and John Burton stayed together for 15 overs to lay the perfect foundations for a decent total.

Garner played some lovely shots in his 28 and, when he was bowled by Marchant, Damien Herrick came to the crease and looked in good nick from the outset.

But, having made his way to a serene 34, he was given out LBW to off-spinner Jamie Kendall.

When Burton followed him back to the pavilion for an excellent 49, the stage was set for the middle order to make the most of the last 15 overs.

Dean Cornish grabbed the bull by the horns and played some superb shots in his rapid-fire 32, including one towering straight six. In the last few overs Will Fry, Moody and Will Fairham also weighed in with handy runs to take the score to a very respectable 212.

When Langtons replied it was clear from the start that Will Felgate was in the mood for bowling fast, having suffered a golden duck earlier.

After his hostile first over Ben Jennings picked up the reins at the other end, bowling fast and straight, and he soon had Elliot Marchant LBW.

With this encouragement Felgate took the pace up another notch and the wickets started to tumble. Langtons skipper Charlie Standley was well caught behind by Herrick off an unplayable short delivery which rapped him on the gloves. And Ed Haynes and Kendall were both bowled during one of the best bowling spells of the season by an Uffington player.

When Jennings picked up the wicket of Cheema at the other end Langtons were reeling at 10-5 and the contest was effectively over.

However, there was still a job to do and Uffington’s regular fielding practice soon paid dividends when Fairham pulled off one of the catches of the season. Running back from mid-on, he clung on to the ball as it fell over his right shoulder.

At this point number eight James Marchant clearly decided that attack was the best form of defence and played some hefty shots in an extremely quick 50.

With heavy rain clouds looming in the west, Uffington were keen to finish things off and when Moody came on to bowl he soon got one through Marchant’s defence to hit the timber.

Will Fry had Sam Cheema very well caught by Tim Pratt at gully and, fittingly, Felgate took the final wicket to finish with 6-27 as Langtons finished on 72.

Having been promoted last year, Uffington are now 13 points clear at the top with games in hand on all the teams immediately below them.