Uppingham Town were beaten by seven wickets in the Leicestershire League Division One on Saturday after getting bowled out for 208 by Cropston at their Castle Hill ground.
Uppingham’s total was a team effort with no outstanding batting performances leading the way. At the end of the day that might have been the problem.
Skipper Jamie Dumford won the toss and put his side into bat first. And it was he who hit the highest score for the Rutland side on the day, knocking 45 quickly thanks to seven fours and two sixes, before he was caught lbw by Prajapate (2-30).
Dumford came in sooner than he would have liked after Jamie Richardson was stumped with just one run on the board, off the bowling of Loakes who also took Town opener Martin Bennett.
Mark Cox contributed 17, and then Uppingham lost a big wicket when Don Butchart was run out on just 13 having hit a four and six during his short time at the crease.
Danny Dumford, better known for his bowling exploits, added 33 including three sixes, before he was bowled by Ian Allen (2-47).
Cropston’s Earl then took three wickets to help the visitors end the innings early.
The visitors wasted just three wickets reaching their target, with all five men who took to the crease scoring at least one six. Top scorer Joe Pollard, who hit 70 not out from just 73 balls, hit four sixes.
Cropston opener Patel was run out by Danny Dumford on 43, and Patrick Latham took Dan Hickinbottom for 15, with the skipper taking a catch behind the wickets.
Butchart accounted for Mayur Rao for 27, with Mark Cox clutching a catch.
But Cropston were scoring at a decent rate and 28 not out from Allen, along with Pollard got them over the line in the 43rd over.
Town are eighth in Division, 18 points above the drop zone.
Uppingham 2nds picked up a maximum 30 point win away at Houghton & Thurnby 3rds, winning by 28 runs in Division Six East.
It was the bowlers who set up the win, with Houghton all out for just 101 after they had only been able to make 129 themselves.
However the 2nds are still second from bottom, currently in the drop zone by seven points.