Uppingham Town are triumphant against Leicester Ivanhoe in Division One of the Leicestershire League
The old cricketing adage of 'catches win matches' was possibly never more ably demonstrated than in Uppingham Town’s visit to Leicester Ivanhoe 2nds on Saturday.
Town put in a near faultless display by holding eight catches with ball magnet Ben Farnsworth snaring three for the second successive game.
However, their hosts proved to be most generous in spilling at least that many chances although their skipper did pull off a blinder to dismiss Uppingham captain Jamie Dumford.
The morning rain led to a delayed start and the Division One match was reduced to 40 overs but, even allowing for the early loss of Dumford (9), Uppingham rattled along at six an over for most of their innings before accelerating towards the end.
Jack Vickerman (41) and Sam Hodson (67 from 48 balls) put together a 97-run partnership for the third wicket before Mark Cox (86no) and Liam Geddis (27no) added a further 97 in an unbroken fifth wicket stand that took Uppingham to a formidable 267-4 from their allocation.
Just as the innings closed, the rain returned leading to an extended tea interval and a further reduction in overs, meaning Ivanhoe would face a revised target of 168 from 26 overs.
Ivanhoe stumbled out of the gate as three wickets in eight balls from Danny Dumford and Toby Rees saw them 10-3 after three overs and the writing was on the wall.
With more black clouds gathering it became a race against the rain as Mackenzie Moore struck some lusty blows for the hosts on his way to 47 but nobody else would pass 20 as the Uppingham bowlers shared the wickets around.
Scott Green's 3-14 was the pick with two each for Danny Dumford, Cox and debutant Gatin Wadhwa as Ivanhoe lasted into the 26th over before succumbing for 138.
And, just as with the Uppingham innings, the end signalled a further downpour as Town toasted a great result in trying conditions to maintain their strong start to the season.
They return to Castle Hill on Saturday for a top-of-the-table clash with Lutterworth who are also unbeaten after four games.
Youngster Charlie Cox was in fine form for Uppingham Town 3rds as they defeated Market Overton by four wickets in a Division Nine East derby.
Cox claimed 4-14 from a superb 6.4 over spell as Uppingham dismissed their hosts for 121.
Harvey Stafford took 3-25 from 10 overs while Ali Hall was also impressive with 3-14 from six overs.
George Watt top-scored with 23 for Marko while opener Archie Sawyer struck 22 and Kat Plimmer made 21.
Jazz Lall and Graham Sainsbury then led the Uppingham charge to victory with a strong opening partnership.
Despite Sainsbury falling for 23, Lall carried his bat with an unbeaten 73 as Uppingham triumphed on 24 overs.
Marko made a number of inroads into the Uppingham reply with Richard Cooper claiming 3-19 and Sawyer taking 2-33.
Wakerley and Barrowden made a winning start to their campaign with a five-wicket away success at Ashby Carington.
They restricted their hosts to 176-9 from 40 overs with Jonny White taking 3-26 and Bob White returning 3-29.
Wakerley then passed their required target with five overs to spare as Glenn Moody hit an unbeaten 50 with Matthew Key proving solid support.