Crucial final day victories for Stamford and Ufford
Stamford Town and Ufford Park both recorded fantastic final day victories to preserve their Cambs League Division Two statuses on Saturday.
The duo both returned contrasting victories with Town romping to a 10-wicket home win over Saffron Walden 2nds while Ufford won by just one run in a tense home tussle with fifth-placed Cambridge St Giles.
With second-from-bottom Southill Park finishing their season with a 137-run success over Great Shelford, the wins for Town and Ufford were crucial in beating the drop.
Ufford, after electing to bat first, had made a decent 235-7 from their 50 overs.
Skipper Ross Keymer (56) and Andy Larkin (20) gave them a solid start which was boosted by Amir Munir (25) and Paul Keymer (30).
Tanvier Hussain then hit their top score of 68 while Ram Bapodra was unbeaten on 14 not out at the close.
Joe Harrington and Joe Corder then put Ufford in control of the St Giles reply by returning 3-35 and 4-47 respectively from their 10 overs.
Angus Thompson brought the visitors back into the contest with 75 while Ben Stones (25), Chris Badger (32no) and Mihir Vagh (15) added some crucial late order runs.
They moved within two runs of victory after the second ball of Larkin's final over of the day before Munir struck with a vital run out to leave St Giles agonisingly short and ensure Ufford were safe after a dramatic finale.
Stamford skittled visiting Saffron Walden out for 121 with a brilliant bowling display which saw Sam Barrett, Will Dyer, Brett Bennett and Simon Prentice all among the wickets.
Barrett made the early breakthrough with just three Saffron runs on the board with Dyer quickly following suit to leave the visitors on 10-2.
The duo then joined forces again with a succession of quick wickets which left Saffron struggling on 29-5.
Barrett finished his six-over spell with 2-23 while Dyer took 4-33 off eight overs as Saffron's woes continued on 50-7.
Mark Thompson (16) and Jack Ormsby (32no) enjoyed their best partnership of the afternoon by adding 33 runs for the eighth wicket.
Bennett broke that by having Thompson caught behind by wicket-keeper Andrew Hulme and followed that up by bowling Ray Mordini for 11.
The Bennett and Hulme combination then struck again to claim the final Walden wicket with the score on 121.
Town made light work of the run chase with openers Alex Birch and Liam Dave in terrific form.
Birch blasted 11 fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 66 while Dave cracked nine fours and a six in his 49 not out as Town breezed home inside 22 overs.