A solid win for Uffington

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UFFINGTON recorded a solid win in difficult weather conditions at Rothwell in Rutland League Four on Sunday.

With strong winds and heavy showers forecast all day, skipper Steve Moody was happy to win the toss and bowl. And it wasn’t long before Will Felgate took a good catch in his follow through to send Jamie Barton back.

Some wayward bowling and sensible batting then saw Rothwell add another 40 runs, before Moody induced a false shot from Andy Millard and Larter held on to the catch at short mid wicket.

When opener Stephen O’Brien (28) was held at slip by Damien Herrick, off a snorter from Felgate, Uffington stepped up the attack and the innings collapsed. Larter in particular exploited variable bounce to pick up 4-23 and Moody finished with 3-20.

Excellent fielding was a hallmark of Uffington’s performance again, and Will Hetherington swooped to hold on to two sharp chances close to the wicket. Jon Clarke, Will Fairham and Tim Pratt all looked sharp and this was another impressive team performance.

In reply Rothwell’s excellent young opening bowler Dean Spreadbury soon made inroads as he picked up the wickets of John Burton, Herrick and Felgate on his way to 3-3 from seven overs.

When Jak Garner was caught behind and Clarke was bowled by one which hardly got off the ground Uffington were reeling at 30-5.

But the calm heads of Larter and Colin Miles were able to steady the ship. And when Spreadbury came off they were in prime position to take advantage of the odd bad ball. Larter found the middle of the bat regularly to make batting look simple on his way to a stylish 46* and Miles batted well to finish on 12* as Uffington’s successful season continued.