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Ufford now face crucial clash with Southill Park

Stamford Town batting against Ufford Park on Saturday. Photo: ALAN WALTERS (3808705)
Stamford Town batting against Ufford Park on Saturday. Photo: ALAN WALTERS (3808705)

Stamford Town took a massive step towards guaranteeing their safety in Cambs League Division Two with a 91-run derby victory over Ufford Park on Saturday.

The victory moved Town 60 points clear of the drop zone with just three games remaining, however, the derby defeat means Ufford are still looking nervously over their shoulders after an upturn in form from second-bottom Southill Park.

A terrific top order batting display laid the foundations for Stamford's success on Saturday with Sam Barrett then bagging five wickets in Ufford's reply.

Super Stamford fielding also contributed to their cause with wicket-keeper Andrew Hulme and skipper Tom Williams both taking four catches each.

Suneel Appan (16) and Simon Lem (80) got Stamford off to a solid start by putting on 42 runs for the first wicket.

Williams' arrival at the crease to join Lem then kick-started Stamford further as they put on a tremendous 120-run partnership.

Lem struck eight fours and two sixes in his 80 off 121 balls while Williams made 68 off 117 deliveries.

Chris Bore then blasted 22 off 17 balls before Simon Prentice (12) and Hulme (14no) took Town to their final total of 255-6 off 50 overs.

Wahid Javed was the pick of the Ufford bowlers with 3-44 from 10 overs, but it was the Town attack that were dominant from the start of the Park reply.

Barrett claimed the crucial wicket of Ufford skipper Ross Keymer for four courtesy of the first of four catches from wicket-keeper Hulme.

The same combination then accounted for Joe Corder to leave the Ufford reply struggling on 16-2.

Prentice got in on the act to have Javed caught behind by Hulme for 17 with Tanvir Hussain following soon after as Williams safely held onto the shot from Barrett's delivery.

Ufford were soon 50-5 as Prentice trapped Andy Larkin leg before for 24 with Tom Cooper following moments later through the familiar combination of a Williams catch off the bowling of Barrett.

Amir Munir made just nine before Williams and Barrett joined forces again to leave Ufford in real at trouble on 61-7.

With the opening attack of Prentice and Barrett finishing their spells, there was no respite for the Ufford batsmen as Scott Chamberlain had Matt Smith caught by Hulme for two to leave Park on 70-8.

However, the Ufford tail end dug in and the efforts of Jacob Turb (31no) and Joe Harrington (36) delayed the inevitable Town triumph.

They put on 75 runs for the ninth wicket before Harrington was trapped leg before by Alex Birch after hitting two fours and three sixes.

Sandeep Dahiya then joined Turp for the last wicket and put up more stubborn resistance until Williams took his fourth catch of the afternoon off Richard Field to dismiss Dahiya for 15 as Ufford were bowled out for 164.

They now face a crunch clash with Southill Park on Saturday with Stamford hosting table-topping Cambridge Granta 2nds at Uffington Road.

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