Barnack blitz Burghley as Hammad produces five-star display
Uppingham Town claimed a dramatic final ball victory to maintain their grip on the Stamford Charity Cup on Monday night.
The reigning holders defeated Kings Keys in the quarter-final clash with Billy Beaver blasting a boundary off the last delivery of the game to secure their place in the last four.
Town had been chasing a target of 138-6 after winning the toss and asking Kings Keys to bat first.
Muhammad Raheel (44) and Usman Sadiq (34) had given Kings Keys a solid start before Colan Bartram and Cameron Hardwick made a breakthrough apiece.
Danny Dumford then started to dominate the Kings Keys batting with a sensational spell of 4-10 from his allotted four overs.
He had Wahid Javed and home skipper Zaheer Abbas both caught for two while also accounting for Ashraf without scoring.
Sajjad Ali also fell to Dumford for 22 which left Tanvir Hussain unbeaten on 21 at the close of the Kings Keys innings.
The hosts looked to have control of proceedings after cheaply claiming the wickets of Sam Hodson and Lee Middleton.
Alex Ashwin (12) and George Scott (16) gave Town hope before Dumford continued his man-of-the-match performance.
After scoring an unbeaten half-century at the weekend, the Town all-rounder took his side closer to victory by hitting 35 not out.
Kashif Munir (13) and Bartram (18) gave good support while Scott Green contributed a crucial 10 runs.
However, the run outs of both Bartram and Green as Town pushed for victory saw them needing three runs to win off the final ball of the match.
Beaver, facing his first delivery, clipped his shot to fine leg where a misfield saw the ball race to the boundary and book Town’s spot in the semi-finals.
Uppingham will now meet Bourne in the last four on Monday, June 17, after they were handed a bye as Ketton Sports were unable to raise a side for the quarter-final clash.
Barnack will face Market Deeping in the other semi-final after they blitzed Burghley Park by 75 runs.
Barnack blasted 178-7 from their 20 overs with Asim Butt (41), Amir Munir (25), Mohammed Shahid (45), Yasir Mirza (25) and Muhammad Sohail (22) in prolific form.
James Biggs was the pick of the Burghley bowlers with 3-31 while James Tavernor took two wickets for the visitors.
Peter Foster (54) and Elliott Cooper (24) got the Burghley reply off to a strong start, but Barnack’s change bowlers proved pivotal for the hosts.
Shahid struck four times for the concession of just 19 runs from his four overs while Mohammad Hammad went one better with 5-17 as Burghley were bowled out for 103.
Stamford were dismissed for 43 by Deeping who claimed an eight-wicket win in their clash at Uffington Road.