Winning draw keeps Uppingham in the hunt

Uppingham Town v Billesdon. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150623-151919001
Uppingham Town v Billesdon. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150623-151919001

Uppingham Town had reason to celebrate with a winning draw away at Ibstock in division two to keep their hopes of promotion alive.

Uppingham were put in to bat and made their hosts pay for it, notching a huge 350-7.

It was a remarkable score considering there was no single star performance.

Top scorer was Harry Butchart who hit an impressive 99 in just 56 balls from number seven in the order. His big hitting display included seven sixes and eight fours.

Alex Ashwin at number eight was scoring at an even quicker rate, hitting 65 not out in just 26 balls with six fours and five sixes.

In fact it was a day for sixes with the team scoring 21 in total.

Jamie Dumford had started things off with 29 before Poole caught him lbw, his fellow opener Martin Bennett hadn’t lasted long, walking back to the pavilion for 0 after facing just five balls, the last of which was caught by Jake Robinson, again from Poole’s bowling.

Sam Hodson came in and made the first notable score of the day, finishing on 60 after scoring at nearly a run a ball. Finch took his wicket and would take another three in the match as he finished on 4-100.

James Keywood just passed the half century mark with 53 before he was Finch’s second victim of the day.

There were contrasting fortunes for the Scotts. Tom stuck 32 but George was left quacking with 0.

But it mattered little as Uppingham’s middle order raced to an insurmountable score.

On a good batting wicket Ibstock’s reply was not a bad one but they just couldn’t quite match the rapid pace Uppingham had set and at the end of the day the sixes made a difference.

Oliver top scored with 68.

The problem was Uppingham could not bowl their opponents out and they finished on 257-8. There were no star bowling performances with the wickets shared out between all five of the bowlers used.

Green finished with the best figures of the day, 3-64 after 11 overs of work. Alex Ashwin finished on 2-35 while Danny Dumford (1-40), Patrick Latham (1-66) and James Keywood (1-48) took the over wickets.