Davé the destroyer with a terrific ton

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STAMFORD’S Liam Davé produced a recovery of Lazarus proportions returning from injury to stroke a classy hundred at home to Market Deeping on Sunday.

The visitors put Stamford in to bat on another belter of a track in their Rutland League top flight clash at Uffington Road and Town were struggling at 14 for 2.

But once Tom Perchard joined Davé at the crease, they never looked back as the pair hit a brilliant 194-run partnership blasting Stamford past 200 in just the 30th over.

Perchard struck 14 fours and a six in his sparkling 87 while Davé, helped in no small measure by a lot of over-pitched bowling, hit 113, in just 93 balls, with 20 crisp boundaries.

Simon Lem continued the good work with a quick 35, with Ali Sharp (3 for 62) and Andrew Tiplady (4 for 58) taking the bulk of the wickets for Deeping, as Town closed on 289 for 9.

In the field, Stamford struck early on with both opening bowlers Bill Hall and Brett Bennett starting well.

Deeping had an outside chance with John McDougall (51) and Ali Sharp (57) both batting well. But when Dave Gillett was undone by Steve Armstrong after a fine 74, the game was as good as over and the visitors were bowled out for 209.

Armstrong took 4 for 37, and Brett Bennett 3 for 55, with jubilant captain Andrew Hulme taking two catches and two stumpings behind the wicket.

Town seconds moved up to second in Division Four, with a great seven-wicket win against Kettering, after restricting the home side to 202 for 6, with Phil Holland (2 for 39), and 14-year-olds Alex Birch (2 for 55) and Joe Morley (1 for 46) all bowling excellent, long spells on a good wicket.

Town lost two early batsmen but skipper Chris Bore (53), fresh from smashing 95 in mid-week, the rejuvenated Darren Lynas (56 no) and Clive Simmons (66 no) saw Stamford home, winning in under 40 overs.

Stamford had a very good win, 24 hours earlier, to get back on track in the South Lincs and Border League, beating Lincoln Lindum 2nds, by five wickets, with a much improved performance in Division One.

Town picked up maximum bowling points, bowling their hosts out for 195, with Brett Bennett (3 for 30), the pick, and Neil Williams, Bill Hall and Liam Davé also claiming two wickets each.

As seemed the trend this weekend, Town lost two early wickets (0 for 2) but then solid work from Gary Peck (31), Andrew Hulme (49) and an inspired 71 from Neil Williams, with 10 fours and 2 sixes, coupled with a fluent, unbeaten 24 from Davé, saw Town to a vital victory.

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