AN under-strength Uffington were victorious in a tight match at Brigstock in Rutland League Four on Sunday.
Stand-in skipper Guy Cunningham won the toss and chose to bowl first, and the Brigstock openers Tashwin Lukas and Paddy Croker were clearly intent on scoring fast.
Playing a shot a ball the opportunities were always going to come though, and it wasn’t long before Simon Larter trapped Lukas (23) LBW playing across the line.
After Will Felgate chipped in with a quick wicket the Brigstock middle order came and went in quick succession, while Croker held one end up.
When he fell for 28 to a superb tumbling catch at mid-off by Colin Miles off Larter it seemed as though the innings would soon be wrapped up. But the tail added another 45 runs to take the total to 121.
In reply John Burton fell early to a jaffer from the rapid Lukas and then Jak Garner (10) and Cunningham (29) batted well against excellent bowling to take the score into the 40s.
The tight bowling soon paid off though and Uffington were in trouble after Garner was bowled and Cunningham out LBW on the sweep.
Felgate was then bowled by another unplayable delivery and Cornish also fell sweeping. At this point Uffington were 60 for 5 and, with Tom Bradshaw unable to bat due to injury, were in a spot of bother. But the calm heads of Larter and Miles took the sting out of the bowling and gradually brought the victory into sight.
Having just hit a clean six off Croker, Larter (31) got a leading edge to the next ball to be well caught and bowled.
This brought Will Hetherington (11*) to the crease to join Miles (17*). And with sensible batting this pair took Uffington to a hard fought victory.
After the match Cunningham extended his thanks to Richard Hudson for travelling down from Leeds to make his debut.