A RESOUNDING win against second-placed Uffington handed Uppingham 2nd XI a slim shot at promotion on the final day of the season on Sunday.
One match remains for both teams, with Uffington playing away at Whittlesey in what looks like a shoot-out for second place, though mathematically Uppingham or Stamford, who play each other, could catch second-placed Whittlesey.
Town’s seconds certainly did all they could for the cause at Castle Hill on Sunday when they recorded a resounding 134 run win.
Uppingham won the toss, chose to bat and after negotiating a good opening spell of bowling with Uffington’s Simon Larter in particular finding good bounce, opener’s Jamie Dumford and David Fish set about laying a foundation for a good total.
At the 10 over mark, the total was 40 without loss but the opening pair soon started finding the boundary with ease and were rotating the strike well to ensure the scoreboard ticked over.
For the first time this season Uppingham recorded a 100 run opening partnership, brought up in the 21st over.
After drinks the run scoring only continued with Dumford and Fish passing the 50 mark in successive overs.
David Fish was the first man out, top-edging a pull shot for 54 to end an excellent opening stand of 149 (containing 38 extras).
Rather than slow the scoring rate, Dumford went through the gears and as Tom Hubbard played himself in, he blazed a total of 12 fours and 3 sixes on his way to a wonderfully constructed 133.
Not to be overshadowed, Hubbard went on the offensive, playing a full part in their second wicket stand of 127.
Dumford was caught by Ben Jennings as he top-edged a pull shot but Hubbard maintained Town’s momentum, reaching his 50 in the 44th over. Town plundered 23 runs from the 45th and final over with Hubbard unbeaten on 69 and Town closing on 304-2.
Responding to a daunting total, Uffington skipper Steve Moody promoted Ben Jennings to open the innings and initially the move paid off.
Jennings and Burton found the boundary with ease initially. However Dumford’s pace and bounce ultimately snared first Jennings, caught by Michael West at mid-off, and then Burton, caught by Fish at second slip to leave the score at 42-2 in the 12th over.
Herrick went about rebuilding the innings but lost partners at regular intervals, including the run out of the dangerous Simon Larter when trying to pinch a quick single.
With the game petering out as the run chase proved beyond Uffington, Uppingham seconds’ leading wicket taker, Billy Beaver (3-40 off 7) was introduced. He quickly took Moody, caught for 17 at slip by Chris Howe, and then Beaver clean bowled Tyrell and Sedgwick with successive balls. However, Herrick dropped on 89, reached 95 not out as the Uffington innings close at 170-7.
UPPINGHAM had to settle for second spot in division 13 in their final summer in the league, after their only rivals, Medbourne, won their final game of the season to move above Town.
Town have cruised to victory in the majority of their fixtures with just one defeat along the way.
They would have finished in top spot had they not been slapped a 30 point penalty earlier in the season.
Uppingham Town CC will switch to the Leicestershire League next season, fielding two sides on Saturdays.