Friendly joy for Uffington

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UFFINGTON recorded a convincing win against Burghley Park in a 40 over-a-side friendly.

Steve Moody won the toss and elected to bat, and openers John Burton and Jak Garner did another fine job of seeing off the new ball and laying a solid foundation.

After they had both been dismissed, Damien Herrick and Guy Cunningham feasted on some buffet bowling. Cunningham played some sumptuous attacking shots to rapidly get to 71 and then holed out to deep square leg. Herrick registered an unflustered and attractive 60 before leaving the lower order to make the most of the last 10 overs. And popular local landlord Will Fry did exactly that, striking a quickfire 30 not out. He was ably assisted by Tim Pratt and Ben Jennings to take the total to an imposing 256.

In reply Burghley Park were soon in trouble against a rapid opening spell from Jennings at one end and the nagging accuracy of Fry at the other. Both struck quickly and then Fry profited from some ill-advised shot-making to pick up another three wickets, with Burton, Pratt and Will Fairham all pouching safe catches.

One of Burghley’s danger men Jon Meadows briefly threatened before falling to the guile of Will Hetherington.

When Pratt chipped in with two wickets, both well caught by Dean Cornish at point, the game was almost up. Fry still had time to take a fifth wicket and he did it some style, diving full length to hold on one-handed to a stinging drive off his own bowling.

Cornish wrapped up the victory with another caught and bowled to leave Burghley skipper Chris Meadows stranded at the crease and his team all out for 130.