Uppingham beaten in close Charity Cup final by Nassington

Nassington's Kasim Ikhlaq is bowled in the John Wilcox Trophy win over King's Keys. Photo: David Lowndes.
Nassington's Kasim Ikhlaq is bowled in the John Wilcox Trophy win over King's Keys. Photo: David Lowndes.
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There really is no stopping the Nassington Knights this summer when it comes to Twenty/20 cricket.

On Monday night they added the Stamford Charity Cup to their trophy cabinet with a narrow defeat of Uppingham Town.

The Knights claimed their first Jaidka Cup triumph last week when defeating Market Deeping Dragons by 24 runs in the final.

The two form sides in the area, Nassington T/20 specialists and Uppingham Rutland League Division One runaway leaders, met at Stamford Town’s Uffington Road ground on Monday.

Batting first Uppingham set off at a blistering pace with Will Cropper scoring 10 runs from the first three balls bowled,but that was where his innings ended, out to Kasim Ikhlaq for his first of two wicket, finishing on 2-27.

Jamie Dumford (23) batted well before a brilliant run out by James Pope sent him packing.

James Keywood (18) and Jack Salt (37) put on 47 runs for the sixth wicket, taking the Uppingham score on to 91 runs from 15 overs.

Alex Ashwin hit 19 runs from James Pope’s last over as he hit a quick 31 runs from 18 balls faced.

Uppingham posted 133 runs from their 20 overs. Nassington used six bowlers, with Adam Scotcher’s 2- 23 runs and Ikhlaq the pick of the bowling.

In reply Nassington started slowly losing two early wickets to tight bowling from Danny Dumford, 1-30 runs, and Mark Cox, 1-16 runs, and at 10 overs down they were behind the chase, two wickets down for 49 runs needing 85 runs from the last 10 overs.

Ryan Duffy (58) and Dan Robinson (41 not out) showed their class taking the Nassington total to 105 runs in 16 overs before Duffy gave a simple catch to Cox and a glimmer of a chance to Uppingham.

Robinson batted solidly to see Nassington home to a last over win and a very entertaining cup final.

Nassington now have a chance to win four short form titles this season as they are also still in the Stamford KO Shield and the John Wilcox Trophy.

Nassington host King’s Keys in a re-arranged KO Shield semi-final on Monday and Rutland’s interest in the competition continues as Market Deeping and Ketton will also play their delayed semi-final on the same night.