Cricket: Skipper Moody leads Uffington to victory

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Uffington skipper Steve Moody snaffled eight wickets as the village side beat Whittlesey at home on Sunday in Rutland Division Three.

Moody won the toss and put the visitors in to bat on a wet pitch. Opening bowlers Ben Jennings and Simon Larter bowled with pace and hostility and it was clear run scoring was not going to be easy. Larter soon made the breakthrough, bowling David Drage for 10.

When Moody came on to bowl Clive Evans failed to adjust to the different pace and steered a catch straight to Will Fairham in the gully. He was swiftly joined back in the pavilion by Sam Tyler and Justin Davies, who were well caught by John Burton and Guy Cunningham, off Moody.

Dan Slater and Lloyd Papworth then dug in for 15 overs to ensure that Whittlesey would have something to bowl at.

Slater saw out a particularly hostile spell from Larter to register a fine half-century. Larter was extracting more from the pitch than anyone, but luck was not on his side, as the ball repeatedly fell short or wide of fielders off the edge of the bat.

But the reintroduction of Moody again induced some false strokes and Slater fell for 58 to an excellent catch by Dean Cornish at point.

When keeper Jak Garner came to the party with a brilliant catch and stumping in quick succession, Moody had six wickets with the tail to bowl at.

Some clean ball striking helped Whittlesey to add another 30 runs and register a total of 135-9, but not before Moody had taken his total to eight wickets with the help of a fine catch by Damien Herrick and a clean bowled.

In response, Uffington openers Will Fairham and John Burton both fell in quick succession to excellent catches behind the wicket. And when Guy Cunningham was bowled by a good delivery for 12, the pressure was on.

But Cornish joined Herrick in a match-winning 85 run partnership, built on watchful batting and judicious punishment of the bad ball. Herrick was brilliantly caught on the boundary for 50 but Cornish (32*) saw the game out with Garner to help the village side go third in the league.