AN unbeaten 99 from Mark Cox couldn’t save Uppingham from defeat at Bourne in division one of the Rutland League yesterday.
Batting first Uppingham had an early shock with the lose of in-form batsman Jamie Dumford from the first ball of the game, caught by Robert Bentley off the bowling of brother Tom Bentley.
Jamie Richardson (18 runs) playing his first game for the first team, and Mark Cox (99 not out) steadied the innings with a partnership of 53 for the second wicket, followed by a good innings of 25 from Jake Norton, who was run out with the Uppingham score on 106 runs.
The spin bowling of Ben Stroud, 1 for 25, and Will Trimm with just 35 runs from his 9 overs slowed Uppingham’s run rate and with two heavy rain showers interrupting proceedings, Uppingham struggled to a total of 170 runs for 4 wickets in 44 overs.
Craig Williams (18) and Pete Morgan (28) opened the Bourne innings with Morgan in particular batting very aggressively to score all his runs in boundaries before being caught out by a juggling catch from Mark Cox, off the bowling of Alex Ashwin with Bourne on 43 runs from just 7 overs.
Will Edwards (44) batted solidly at number three but was finally caught out by an excellent catch from Danny Dumford off the bowling of Scott Green (3 for 37).
Robert Dunn (26), and Will Trimm (23 not out) batted steadily, taking the Bourne score to 159 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.
Uppingham found fielding difficult in the wet conditions and again catches were dropped as Bourne eased there way to victory in the 42nd over.
Scott Green was the pick of the Uppingham bowlers with 3 for 37 runs from 12 overs on a day when although few wickets were taken, the spin bowlers from both sides made batting difficult and runs hard to come by.