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South African sends Ufford to second successive defeat with run blitz

Stamford were unable to build on their excellent opening day Cambs League Division Two triumph after a 94-run defeat at Saffron Walden 2nds on Saturday.

They were bowled out for 106 by their hosts who had made 200-5 from 40 overs after being put into bat by Stamford.

Saffron had signalled their intentions from the start as Stephen Larsen (47) and Stan Leech (37) put on 91 runs for the first wicket.

Ben Peck broke up the third wicket partnership
Ben Peck broke up the third wicket partnership

Despite the duo departing in quick succession to the bowling of Scott Chamberlain and an Alex Birch run out, Daniel Cummins (32) and Luke Ormsby (36) then made 66 for the third wicket.

Ben Peck made the breakthrough by bowling Cummins and then Matt Green had Ormsby run out to leave Saffron on 164-4.

Birch had Josh Down caught by Sam Barrett soon after, but Mark Kimberley (13no) and Jack Ormsby (19no) were unbeaten at the close as Saffron reached the 200-run mark.

Stamford suffered an early setback in their reply as Muhammad Chaudhary was dismissed off the second ball of the innings.

Birch and Dave Stratton steadied the Stamford ship by adding 37 runs for the second wicket before Saffron started to assert their authority of proceedings.

Birch was bowled for 24 which started a Stamford slump as they crashed from 48-3 to 106 all out.

Tom Williams was unbeaten on 33 not out at the close, but wickets fell continuously around him as Jack Ormsby took 4-26 and Ben Appleby 3-7 after Cummins had conceded just four runs off his eight over spell.

Ufford Park were unable to defend a similar total that Stamford had been set after going down to a six-wicket away loss at Kimbolton.

They made 202-9 off their 50 overs courtesy of a couple of solid partnerships.

Henry Stephenson (20) and Ross Keymer (24) put on 47 runs in the opening stand before Ufford lost three wickets while only adding two runs.

Matt Smith (18) and Tom Cooper (43) put on 66 runs for the fourth wicket with Amir Munir (38) and Wahid Javed (34) backing that up with a 55-run sixth wicket stand to help Ufford towards their final total.

Joe Harrington then picked up three top order wickets to leave Kimbolton on 57-3 before South African Abel Mokhuane took centre stage.

Mokhuane smashed 14 fours and seven sixes in an unbeaten 119 which came off just 58 balls as Kimbolton cruised to victory inside 27 overs which inflicted a second successive defeat on Ufford.

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