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Perera picks up four wickets before Smith leads surge to victory

Market Deeping dashed Uppingham Town's hopes of a Stamford Cup double with victory in Monday night's Charity final at Stamford Town.

The Lincolnshire Premier League side produced a polished all-round performance to defeat a depleted Town team by six wickets.

Uppingham had elected to bat first after winning the toss, but found runs in short supply against Deeping's opening attack of James Hook and Matt Rose.

Market Deeping after their Stamford Charity Cup final success. (13584713)
Market Deeping after their Stamford Charity Cup final success. (13584713)

Despite openers Alex Ashwin and Jamie Dumford seeing off the duo's threat, the Town wickets started to tumble as Deeping switched bowlers.

Ali Sharp struck twice to dismiss the Town pair as Uppingham limped along to 29-2 off the opening eight overs.

Sam Hodson finally started to find the boundary in a 25-run partnership for the third wicket with Will Cropper.

But the introduction of Sachithra Perera had Deeping dominating again as Cropper was caught by Nick Green off the Sri Lankan's first delivery.

The duo then joined forces to remove Jamie Richardson with Hodson following soon after for Town's top score of 32 as Jamie Morgan took a catch off Tom Anderson's bowling to leave Uppingham on 66-5.

Perera picked up a couple more wickets, including trapping George Scott leg before first ball, to finish with 4-12 from four overs.

With Town on 78-7, Hook returned to the Deeping attack to dismiss both Kashif Munir and Scott Green to leave Uppingham struggling to reach three figures.

However, Colan Bartram produced a late flurry with a couple of boundaries off Rose's final over to finish unbeaten on 19 as Town closed their 20 overs on 106-9.

Josh Smith then got the Deeping reply off to a strong start as he smashed a rapid 20 of their first 22 runs from the opening three overs.

Despite Morgan being caught by Hodson off Cameron Hardwick, man-of-the-match Smith continued his one-man crusade by moving onto 40 with Deeping 45-1 off six overs.

He was finally caught behind by wicket-keeper Dumford off Hardwick for 42 which included seven boundaries.

Sharp then struck a series of lusty blows to maintain Deeping's momentum as they reached the halfway stage on 80-2.

After smashing his second six of the match, Sharp was caught next ball by Cropper for 30 off the bowling of Scott Green.

With Deeping now cruising to victory, Ashwin did bowl former Uppingham player Nick Green for 13.

But Rose drove Deeping past the winning post by striking successive boundaries as they passed Town's target with more than five overs to spare.

The two sides are due to meet again on Monday night in the semi-final of the Stamford KO Shield at Uppingham's Castle Hill ground.

The winners will face Castor in the final after they defeated Burghley Park by seven wickets in Monday's semi-final.

Burghley were bowled out for 100 by their visitors with Charlie Esson (15), Chris White (17) and James Richardson (14) their top scorers.

Ross Porter was the pick of the Castor bowlers with 3-11 from 2.4 overs.

Castor wrapped up the win inside 15 overs with Ryan Evans (17), Brandon Purcell (31), Marcus Papworth (27no) and Keiron Rodgers (11no) leading their charge. Stuart Biggs bagged two wickets for Burghley.

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