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Chappell leads Town charge to topple leaders

Liam Dave scored 21 for Stamford on Saturday in their win over Blunham.. Photo: Lee Hellwing.
Liam Dave scored 21 for Stamford on Saturday in their win over Blunham.. Photo: Lee Hellwing.

Stamford Town recorded their best victory since being promoted to the Cambs League with a 14-run success over previous Division Two leaders Blunham on Saturday.

Despite being dismissed for 116, Stamford shot out their visitors for 102 in reply with Leicestershire staff member Zak Chappell leading their charge with a four wicket haul.

Town had been put into bat first in testing conditions and were soon in trouble at 8-3 as Chris Bore, Chappell and Andrew Hulme all departed cheaply.

Simon Lem joined opener Liam Dave to take Town past the half-century mark before the latter was dismissed for 21.

Skipper Tom Williams (20) and Lem (16) continued the revival until Blunham hit back to dismiss Lem and then have Simon Prentice caught first ball.

Alex Birch batted well at number eight for an unbeaten 20, but he eventually ran out of partners as Scott Chamberlain went first ball and was soon followed by Sam Barrett and Chris Birch as Town totalled 116 all out.

Kanchana Rodrigo (10) and Max Hurst (15) got Blunham off to a steady start until Chappell, Prentice and Barrett started to get on top of the visiting batting.

Chappell collected two wickets and a run out to help Town reduce Blunham to 44-5 in their reply.

Deryn Fowler thumped a quick-fire 36 which included three fours and two sixes to lead the Blunham charge.

But he was eventually bowled by Chappell as Town ripped through the tail end with Alex Birch bagging the final two wickets to help dismiss Blunham for 102.

Chappell ended with 4-28 from 9.1 overs and was given solid support from Barrett (1-30), Prentice (2-23) and Birch with 2-3 off two overs.

Ufford Park suffered a second successive defeat following an eight-wicket home reversal against Thriplow.

Park were dismissed for 148 with Tom Cooper (33), Amir Munir (27) and Wahid Javed (24) their top scorers.

Jack Quartermain took 3-26 for Thriplow while Robert Craze claimed 3-31 before the visitors chased down their target in rapid time.

Despite Sandeep Dahiya dismissing opener John Howe for 10, Thriplow were always in control of their reply with Peter Richer (41), Craze (52no) and Arpan Desai (23no) seeing them home inside 25 overs.

Ufford host Stamford on Saturday in a derby duel.

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