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Friday night finale for Town tournament at Uffington Road

Uffington take on Stamford Strollers in the Over 40s Sevens event at Stamford Town. Photo: Lee Hellwing (2656317)
Uffington take on Stamford Strollers in the Over 40s Sevens event at Stamford Town. Photo: Lee Hellwing (2656317)

The Grainstore became the last side to book their place in Friday's finals night after a closely-contested Stamford Over 40s Sevens qualifier.

They edged past the Barbarians by three runs and then defeated Yaxley off the last over of the final game to secure their spot alongside Deeping, Stamford and Barnack in Friday's eagerly-anticipated finale which starts at 6pm at Uffington Road.

Grainstore skipper Will Davis was the star performer in their opening success over the Barbarians as he finished unbeaten on 23 as the Oakham side made 61 from their six overs.

Andy Baker got the Barbarians reply off to a flying start with a six in the opening over, but two wickets in two balls from Davis' spell swung the match in the Grainstore's favour.

Barbarians went into the final over needing 15 runs for victory, but fell three short.

However, they bounced back in the next match to defeat Yaxley with an over to spare after their opponents had posted 70 from six overs.

The Grainstore were set a target of 85 to win the final match against Yaxley after Dave Stratton had struck an unbeaten 33.

They went into the final over needing nine runs, but a six and a four from Young wrapped up the victory in style.

Market Deeping had hit the highest score so far in the Over 40s Sevens event on Wednesday to power their way into the finals night.

Lee Peacock and Ross Harris both hit half-centuries before retiring as Deeping racked up 115 runs from just six overs against a gallant Stamford Strollers side.

The Outgang Road team then defeated Uffington in the winner-takes-all final match of the night to secure their place in Friday’s final.

Uffington had beaten the Strollers in the first match of the night as they successfully chased down the Stamford side’s total of 44.

Andy Bagshaw had top scored for the Strollers with 19 while Dean Cornish took a wicket with his first ball to return 1-3 from his over.

Despite losing James Genever, Uffington cruised home with Steve Moody and Ivan Wilson unbeaten at the close.

The Strollers then faced a strong Deeping side who smashed the ball to all corners of the Uffington Road ground to pile up 115 from their six overs.

Strollers struggled in their reply against a Deeping attack where Andy Dair and Harris picked up wickets to leave their opponents well short of the huge total.

Peacock was again in fine form in the final match against Uffington as he cracked an unbeaten 42 to help Deeping post 88 from their six overs.

Uffington had made 48 off the opening four overs, but their late victory charge stalled and they eventually fell more than 20 runs short of the Deeping total.

Holders Barnack had signalled their intentions with an emphatic victory in Tuesday night’s group clashes at Uffington Road.

They blitzed Ufford Park in the opening match of the night before then beating Rutland Wanderers to secure their place at Friday’s finals night.

Barnack made 96-0 in their victory over Ufford with Wass hitting an unbeaten 54 and Dunn 40 not out at the close of their innings.

They then dismissed for Ufford for 51 in their reply leaving Park to take on Rutland Wanderers in the next match.

Danny Harrington hit 28 for Ufford who racked up 82 runs in six overs which was enough to secure a comfortable success.

Barnack then eased past Wanderers in the final match of the night as they took four overs to knock off the required 60 runs.

Barnack will join hosts Stamford Town in Friday’s finals after they became the first side to book their place after an opening night success over Tolethorpe and Ketton Sports.

Ketton Sports had won the opening match of the tournament after successfully defending their 72 runs against Tolethorpe who finished on 49 in their reply.

Tolethorpe then made 45 in their second match against Stamford Town with Chris Birch taking two wickets for the hosts.

Stamford took just 2.1 overs to chase down the target to set up a winner-takes-all final match with Ketton Sports.

Clive Simmons struck a superb half-century to help Stamford finish on 93-1 off their six overs.

Ketton Sports made an excellent attempt at chasing a tough target as they raced to 52-1 off three overs.

However, Stamford regained control of proceedings to ensure Sports only managed a further 18 runs off the final 18 balls to finish on 70 and leave Town to take their place in Friday's finals night.

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