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Farnsworth smashes 14 fours and six sixes to spearhead Town's triumph




Ben Farnsworth blasted a terrific ton as Uppingham Town made it back-to-back wins in Division One of the Leicestershire League on Saturday.

Farnsworth thumped 127 runs as Uppingham stormed to a 105-run home success against Kibworth 2nds at Castle Hill.

The Town opener took full advantage of his side being put into bat by smashing 14 fours and six sixes in his 112-ball innings.

Uppingham Town made it back-to-back wins in Division One of the Leicestershire League on Saturday. Photo: Geoff Atton (11705677)
Uppingham Town made it back-to-back wins in Division One of the Leicestershire League on Saturday. Photo: Geoff Atton (11705677)

Uppingham had lost skipper Jamie Dumford for 15 with the score on 22 and then Sam Hodson followed 30 runs later for 11.

Mark Cox lasted just six balls before being dismissed without scoring to leave Uppingham reeling on 56-3.

But Farnsworth then forged two excellent partnerships to put Town into a strong position after a sticky start.

He put on 59 runs for the fourth wicket with Lee Middleton who made 32 off just 23 deliveries after hitting six fours.

Danny Dumford then came out to join Farnsworth and they produced a match-defining stand of 138 runs for the fifth wicket.

Farnsworth eventually fell to a catch by Jon Butler off the bowling of Harrison Norton after taking Town past the 250-run mark.

Alex Ashwin hit a swift 15 before being the final Town wicket to fall as Danny Dumford remained unbeaten on 51 not out at the close as Uppingham finished their 45 overs on 279-6.

Uppingham Town made it back-to-back wins in Division One of the Leicestershire League on Saturday. Photo: Geoff Atton (11705773)
Uppingham Town made it back-to-back wins in Division One of the Leicestershire League on Saturday. Photo: Geoff Atton (11705773)

Freddie Bashford (15) and Seb Smith (35) put on 35 runs for the opening Kibworth wicket before Danny Dumford broke up that partnership courtesy of a Hodson catch.

Kevin Webster and Cameron Hardwick then picked up a couple of quick wickets apiece to leave the visitors on 55-3.

But, while Town rallied from a similar position in their innings, Kibworth were unable to get the better of the Uppingham attack.

Hardwick took 2-32 from his nine overs while Webster returned 2-27 from a seven over stint as Kibworth crashed to 70-5.

Max Levine (54) and Russell Spiers (20) started their recovery with a 53-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

But, once that was broken up by Hodson's third catch of the four he took during the afternoon off the bowling of Cox, Town regained their grip on proceedings.

Cox claimed 4-24 from a tidy eight-over spell before Scott Green found the safe hands of Hodson to dismiss Norton for 11 as Kibworth were all out for 174.



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