Uppingham stay top of Rutland League Division One with win

Uppingham Town CC in action against Wisbech. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-151105-143421001
Uppingham Town CC in action against Wisbech. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-151105-143421001

Uppingham Town 1st XI continued their storming start to season in the Rutland League Division One with a 28 run win at home to Wisbech on Sunday.

Victory in their first home game of the season means Town remain at the top of the table after four games.

Uppingham Town CC in action against Wisbech. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-151105-143150001

Uppingham Town CC in action against Wisbech. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-151105-143150001

Batting first Uppingham struggled on a new wicket that had heavy rain on it through the week losing their first three wckets for just 16 runs, James Keywood (39) and Sam Hodson (25) steadied the Uppingham innings and a brilliant 51 not out from Harry Butchart hitting 50 runs from 31 balls faced, gave Uppingham a fighting chance with a final score of 173 runs all out. Tom Meyrick (4-21) and Adam Hodgson (2-25) causing major problems, and Garry Freear rapping up the Uppingham innings taking the last two wickets for no runs.

In reply Wisbech found batting no easier losing their first three wickets for just 35 runs. Once again Garry Freear showed his class with an excellent 51 runs before losing his wicket to an excellent stumping by Jamie Dumford, Matt Esser (16 runs) Tom Meyrick (12 runs) and Adam Hodgson (25 runs) helped push the Wisbech score up to 145 runs all out, giving Uppingham a well earned victory in the 43rd over. Danny Dumford (2-33) bowled superbly causing problems for the early order batsmen, Mark Cox (2-29) made good in roads to the middle order and James Keywood (4 -48) ripped out the lower order, with Charles Richardson (1-7) freshly returned from the West Indies removing the final wicket to give Uppingham the win.