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Empingham edged out in run-laden clash

Empingham v British Shoe. Photo: Lee Hellwing (2478368)
Empingham v British Shoe. Photo: Lee Hellwing (2478368)

Alex Birch blasted his maiden century to help Stamford Town to their first Grantham & Melton Association win of the season on Sunday.

Birch's blitz included 19 fours in his 102 as Stamford saw off visiting Rothley Park by 12 runs in the Division One clash at Uffington Road.

Birch had opened proceedings after Town had won the toss and elected to bat first.

He helped Town total 240-7 from their 40 overs with Andrew Hulme (38), Michael Ackerman (28) and Ben Shepherd (27no) providing useful support.

Joe Tuttle (69) and Adam Hackett (57) led the Rothley reply before they both fell to Andy Baker who took 3-45 from eight overs.

Steve Bore, Ackerman and Hulme all took two wickets apiece as well to ensure the Rothley reply finished 12 runs short.

Empingham lost out by six wickets in a high-scoring Premier Division duel at home to British Shoe Corporation.

The Rutlanders had piled up 281-3 from their 40 overs, but that was chased down by their visitors with two overs to spare.

Henry Stephenson (18) and Ollie Pickwell (36) had got Empingham off to a solid start before Freddie Turner and Tom Cooper came together at the crease.

Turner thumped an unbeaten 97 while Cooper cracked 89 before 16 not out from Hamish Bell saw Empingham to their terrific tally.

However, Mubarak Patel was in superb form in British Shoe's reply as he made 122 before being run out by Turner.

This allowed Zuber Patel to take over the initiative and he finished unbeaten on 77 to help British Shoe to success.

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