Uppingham claim narrow Rutland League victory

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Uppingham beat Newborough by five runs to move up to fourth in Rutland League’s second division yesterday afternoon.

Newborough won the toss and put Uppingham into bat but the hosts made a good start with Jamie Dumford (29 runs) and Josh Rawlings (10) steering Town towards 49 in 10 overs before the first wicket fell.

The home side’s innings stalled after the loss of Dumford and 20 overs later Town had scored just 84 runs, due to fine bowling from Andrew Rowland (2 for 15) and Duncan Rowland (2 for 27).

Chris Howe anchored the Town innings with a steady 26 not out and George Scott scored a quick 25 as Uppingham closed their innings on 140 for 8.

Gareth Clingo took 3 for 27 on a wicket that showed variable bounce while Newborough wicketkeeper Stewart McCracken took six wickets, three stumpings and three catches.

Chasing this modest total would not be easy and although all-rounder McCracken made 74 they found it difficult to score runs and at 20 overs the visitors had scored just 49 for the loss of three wickets.

All the Uppingham bowlers performed well but the introduction of slow bowlers Mark Cox (3 for 37) and Scott Green (3 for 35) kept a tight reign on the Newborough batsmen.

The game turned in Newborough’s favour when McCracken scored 16 runs in the 40th over leaving them just 10 runs from victory but opening bowler Danny Dumford (3 for 23 runs) returned and clinched the game for Town with the removal of man-of-the-match McCracken as Newborough were bowled out for 135 runs.

Only two batsmen reached double figures for Newborough: McCracken and Bradley Hurn while Uppingham wicketkeeper Jamie Dumford took three catches on a day when dropped catches could have lost Town the game.