Uppingham in impressive form in Leics league

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Uppingham Town kept up their recent impressive form as they secured a maximum points win at Castle Hill against Grace Dieu Park.

The seven-wicket victory keeps Town at the top of Leicestershire League Division Four.

However, as all the top four sides won, it makes Town’s away match against third-placed Bardon Hill on Saturday even more pivotal in deciding both teams’ promotion fate.

The Grace Dieu win was particularly sweet after they soundly beat Town on a sodden wicket earlier in the season.

Having lost the toss and been ask to field, the task fell to Tom Wharton and Danny Dumford to keep the scoring rate low.

The young pair certainly didn’t disappoint and when Wharton got a full length ball to move into the left handed Thorpe to be plumb lbw, Uppingham had their breakthrough.

Dumford from the other end was bowling a superb line, and frankly one that would not be out of place several divisions above.

After 14 overs Grace Dieu’s score was 34-1 and 16-year-old Wharton finished with figures of 1-13.

Once again the introduction of Alex Ashwin’s golden arm forced another breakthrough as the other opener Bowley was bowled with a superb outwinger for 24.

From the other end, Dumford continued to probe, and beat the outside edge almost at will, before his persistence eventually paid off as he finally took the outside edge.

The sharp chance was parried into the air at first slip before keeper Jamie Dumford made up significant ground to pouch the rebound.

Dumford finished on 1-43 from 15 overs.

Ashwin then picked up a further wicket for figures of 2-22.

Scott Green was able to account for the dangerous Curran for 13, and then finally removed Lewis for 58 when caught by Colan Bartram.

Bartram’s bowling was rewarded when a tentative prod to a well-positioned Adi Salt at short mid-wicket accounted for Graham 
for 14.

Grace Dieu did their best to clear the ropes and after some lusty blows were on 157 before Bartram cleaned up the last man with a full straight ball to finish on 2-28 from eight overs.

Chasing 158, Adi Salt and Will Cropper put on 41 in five overs to get Town off to a flyer before Salt was a deceived by Hook’s slower delivery to be bowled for 11.

Cropper continued his onslaught before being spectacularly caught for 43, from only 11 scoring shots including nine fours and a six.

Jamie Dumford and David Fish were able to take their time in accumulating a partnership of 72 in 14 overs, before Dumford was given lbw to Bowley for 21.

With the score on 126-3, Harry Butchart (13no) joined Fish to knock off the remaining 32 runs for victory.

Fish top scored on 51no, bringing up the milestone by carving the second ball of the 26th over to the boundary to bring up the 
win.