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Ufford lose unbeaten run; Town tumble to home defeat

Stamford Town who lost to Cambridge St Giles by eight wickets on Saturday. Photo: Lee Hellwing. (2237969)
Stamford Town who lost to Cambridge St Giles by eight wickets on Saturday. Photo: Lee Hellwing. (2237969)

Ufford Park were knocked off the top of Division Two of the Cambs League after suffering their first defeat of the season on Saturday.

They went down to a 56-run defeat at St Ives after being dismissed for 147 in reply to their hosts' 230-8.

St Ives opener Jack Haycock laid the foundations for his side's victory after hitting 11 fours in a 151-ball innings of 91.

He put on 76 for the first wicket with Jack Ranganathan (16) and then added another 79 for the third wicket with Mark Askew (39).

Ufford then responded with three quick wickets from Joe Corder who finished with 3-33 from eight overs as St Ives closed on 203-8.

Park lost in-form skipper Ross Keymer early on in their reply and were soon in trouble at 54-5 following the loss of Henry Stephenson (16), Andy Larkin (15), Corder for eight and Amir Munir without scoring.

Wahid Javed rallied with 19 while Ed Cox cracked some crucial late order runs after making 36 off 33 balls which inclucded a four and four sixes.

However, three wickets apiece for Matthew Dack and Ranganathan ended Ufford's hopes as they were bowled out for 147.

Stamford Town were dismissed for 122 by visiting Cambridge St Giles who ran out eight wickets winners in their match at Uffington Road.

Chris Bore (17) and Liam Dave (32) had set Stamford on their way, but Simon Lem (27) and Alex Birch (10) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures as Town lost their last three wickets without scoring.

Tarid Aziz, who had claimed 2-10 from three overs, then smashed an unbeaten 82 to steer St Giles to victory despite Chris Birch claiming an early breakthrough by trapping David Shaw leg before.

Aziz blasted 11 fours and two sixes as St Giles reached their target inside 35 overs and for the loss of just two wickets.

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